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Fantastic Four #504

Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Authoritative Action" Part II

Writer: Mark Waid
Artists: Howard Porter(p), Norm Rapmund(i), Matt Milla(c)
Publisher: Marvel

There's something missing in The Fantastic Four, but I cannot discern what exactly causes this want. Maybe the spirit of adventure is lacking. Spoiler Ahoy! Maybe I cannot quite buy into the idea of Doom being a stockpiler of weapons of mass destruction. That would indicate fear on his part, and Doom fears no one.Spoiler Ends.

Something is missing in The Fantastic Four, but I recommend what is inside these pages. Mr. Waid keeps the characterization of the quartet in synch and creates a plausible explanation for Reed's rather single-minded behavior. The explanation does not betray his character.

The team's attempts to reason with Reed provide outstanding moments. The rationale of each member beautifully fits their personalities, and while not as intelligent as the super-scientist Reed Richards, each of them do come up with some very intriguing ways to get Reed to abandon his apparently mad scheme.

Howard Porter's artwork this issue looks a bit rushed, but rushed art from Howard Porter is still ten times better than allegedly carefully crafted panels from half the hacks in the business.

One thing did puzzle me in the story. SHIELD I could have sworn was a United States agency. In The Fantastic Four SHIELD like UNIT operates under the authority of the United Nations. This curiosity is a minor quibble however especially when one compares it to such conundrums as oh say how Supergirl could have existed when the post-Crisis pocket universe created by John Byrne to explain Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes never did.



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