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Saturday, August 15, 2009

This Week's Suspended Animaiton - Superman/Fantastic Four


Superman/Fantastic Four, published by DC Comics, 64 pages, $9.95, treasury format.

This week, I wanted to recognize a work which has enjoyed it’s tenth anniversary this year. And, since I’ve always been a sucker for crossovers, this review is particularly enjoyable to write.

Superman/Fantastic Four took some of comicdom’s most iconic characters, and placed them in a highly-entertaining situation that was, for all intents and purposes, a fanboy’s dream. Long story short, when he becomes convinced that Galactus was responsible for the destruction of Krypton, Superman seeks out the F.F. in an attempt to learn more about the devourer of worlds. Adventure, intrigue, and a surprising plot twist concerning a certain Kryptonian, ensue. With little doubt, what occurs within these pages is something comic book readers never thought they would see.

Writer and primary artist Dan Jurgens treated fans to a larger than life (or, at least larger than the average comic book, thanks to the oversized treasury/tabloid format) cosmic adventure in the best traditions of the old Marvel and the new DC. With no lags or slow spots, readers were treated to a captivating page-turner that made us glad the two companies were on friendly terms.

The art of the book could not have been in better hands. There are a few artists about whom it could be said are continuing in the grand tradition of Jack Kirby. Jurgens is one of those artists. His characters are bold, his storytelling dynamic and the action is wild and in-your-face! The inks of Art Thibert mesh well, the colors of Greg Wright are bright and appealing, without being garish, and comics fans profit from what is, in my opinion, one of the most well-executed company crossover events ever produced.

Superman/Fantastic Four is a story which reminds us that superheroes can be fun. Now, someone remind the two companies which produced it.

Best of all, it is recommended for all readers, young and old. Find it at comics shops, conventions and online retailers and auctions.

Review by Mark Allen