POINT OF ENTRY: Fantastic Four, the Hickman version


I read the first issue in volume 1 of Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four (Issue #570). I’m just going to point out, right from the beginning, this is not something that is for noobies. I have heard of Fantastic Four, but I don’t know what their special powers are, who their enemies are, or even their names. They aren’t like Batman or Spiderman where they are referenced enough in other media that I know anything about them.

Here is what I gathered from this one issue:

  • The art is pretty—really pretty.
  • It’s about a family.
  • There are more than four in the family but probably only four with super powers.
  • There is a guy named Reed and a girl named Sue; I think they are married.
  • They have kids and the girl is a brainiac.
  • There is a rock dude and a normal looking dude
  • Reed can stretch and is super smart but apparently seems to make poor decisions (not a “know,” more of a guess based on how this issue went).
  • Sue can make a shield.

Uhhh, yep. That about sums up what I learned from this issue. If all of you reading this already know about Fantastic Four then I think this break down will show you what it’s really like for a noob. I just do not know what is up. I’ve never watched the movie or read anything about Fantastic Four. I always think that when I grab a volume 1 or issue #1 that I’m going to get some exposition, but that is not always the case, which this is a fine example of.

In the real world Tattoogirl is known as Mai Byers and is a store manager at a video game store. She loves all things nerdy but has only recently gotten interested in the American comic book scene. She writes the column Point of Entry and reviews books and comics incessantly. It’s not just a clever name, she has 30 tattoos. Contact her at maibyers@gmail.com