X-Men/Fantastic Four #1
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Terry Dodson
Inks by Rachel Dodson, Dexter Vines and Karl Story
Colors by Laura Martin
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: Franklin Richards’ life will come to a crossroads as two families clash over his future.
Franklin Richards is one of the most powerful beings on the planet. He is also a mutant whose parents are Reed Richards and Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four. His powers are enviable, but they are also fading. Unable to find a cure for his son’s dwindling powers, Reed tries to comfort his confused and scared son. Unfortunately, Franklin is suspicious about his efforts and even tells Thing about them.
At the same time, Charles Xavier calls Kitty Pryde in to help him with a potential problem. With mutants flocking to Krakoa, Xavier and Magneto have decided that it is time to bring Franklin into the fold with the possibility of both helping him with his powers as well as augmenting the strength of the new island nation. With Kitty’s history with the boy, her presence might help ease the tensions between the two groups.
It doesn’t go as planned.
The Story: Franklin Richards journey through the Marvel universe has been one that constantly allows him to dip one foot in each world. With the new status quo for mutants and the unified mutant council looking to both protect mutants while also increasing the islands strength, the powers Franklin possesses would be a natural asset to them. Zdarsky deftly brings the differing points of view into perspective as both sides have their points explored through the excellent dialogue. I am intrigued by this story and interesting is seeing where it goes next.
The Art: Dodson delivers some beautiful visuals throughout this issue. Every panel is full of amazing details and all of the characters and backgrounds are beautiful to look at.