The (Short) Dig List: 6/26/07

Fantastic Four Visionaries: Walter Simonson Vol. 1 - See, Walt Simonson gets it. Doing the FF right is a balancing act - ape Lee and Kirby too faithfully, and you're little more than a cover band (Kirbymania: not the King, but an incredibly simulation); stray too far, and you end up with stuff like Walking Pineapple Ben Grimm and Sue Richards's boob-window costume. This book, reprinting the first 8 issues of Simonson's well-loved (but rarely talked about) run on the title, prove that Simonson was more than capable of the artistic acrobatics needed for success.

Any number of baddies could have tried to derail the FF as they testified before Congress (against a Superhuman Registration Act, you'll notice), but pitting them against a few dozen of the C-list-or-lower villains clogging the pages of OHOTMU is unique and, quite often, hilarious. And what about Galactus? He has tried to eat the planet any number of times, so that's nothing new. But a future Galactus attempting to eat the entire universe? With the added threats of the Dreaming Celestial, Nebula, and a couple of Cross-Time Kangs? Now there's a threat. Throw in some time-travel, a couple of guest stars, and an unfinished plot thread from Simonson's earlier Avengers run, and you're in for a good ride. This is Fun Comics to the Nth degree, and I can't wait for volume 2.

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