Friday, March 25, 2011

FF #1 & Hellraiser #1 - 2 great new debuts!

This week FF #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting arrived, being the next phase of the Fantastic Four post the death of the Torch. FF stands for First Family and or Future Foundation, which is explained in the first issue as is the costume changes and Spider-Man's addition to the team. A person doesn't have to have read Hickman's Fantastic Four to get into FF, but there are some nice trade paperback collections available and if you've already been reading Hickman's Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D., you know that Hickman is a writer who has got some big ideas.

The only thing I don't like about this new FF is the title, I wish they would have called it Future Foundation or even First Family. It also is more than a little annoying that they retitled this book when it could have just been the next issue of Fantastic Four and we all know that Marvel isn't going to go much more than a year not having a comic titled Fantastic Four (as this was the title that launched the Marvel Age back in 1961), but it is true that they need to mix things up as they've done here because Fantastic Four has for the longest time not been one of their keystone sales titles. FF is a money back guarantee title from Alternate Reality Comics!

The first issue of Boom! Studios Hellraiser also came out this past Wednesday and if you've ever like anything Clive Barker has written and or the first Hellraiser movie, then you'll totally dig Hellraiser! Plus it has great art by Leonaro Manco (if I was going to quibble about something on this book though, the colors by Charlie Kirchoff are a little to bright, but not enough to take me out of the book). As Matt Gagnon (Boom! Studios' Editor-In-Chief) mentions in his editorial at the end of Hellraiser #1, this is only the third time that Clive Barker has been directly involved in the Hellraiser world he created (he is the co-writer of this comic) so if that's not enough of an endorsement for this comic, I don't know what is!

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