So after the various casting announcements for films like Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Superman vs Batman, I wanted to take a moment to express my own reactions while also trying to explain why most other peoples’ are wrong. Sorry if that’s blunt, but it’s necessary. Anecdotally speaking it seams like each one of these films received a relatively large amounts of disdain for their casting choices, except maybe Ant-Man. Even Ant-Man‘s announcement of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang didn’t get pleased reactions though, but it usually fell somewhere between “I don’t like this” and “I don’t like this, but it’s Marvel so I’ll wait and see.”
First things first. There’s a difference between volume and Volume. “Volume” is the entire run with the same title and becomes a new Volume when they start numbering issues at 1 again. Where as a “volume” is just the number on the binding of the collection that you bought at the store. Confusing, I know.
So I want to do a quick summation to start, that way you can decide to read it or not quick. That way if you do decide to read it, you can comeback and see if you agree with me about the spoiler-y bits. It’s only 16 issues by the way. And there’s a reason for that, which I’ll get to.
The story is absolutely fantastic (pun not intended). If you needed proof that Scott Lang’s Ant-Man is awesome, here it is. The character stuff is fantastic (now it was intended). The Fantastic Four is best when it’s about one of two things: family, or exploration. It’s either the superhero version of National Lampoon’s Vaction, or it’s the superhero version of Lewis and Clark. FF: Volume 2 tackles the family road (and nails it). I literally finished the last issue and then went to go give my dad a hug, which I’m sure he found really weird.
Also it’s written by Matt Fraction, so you can expect the same humor as his Hawkeye (or Hawk-Guy) series. Scott Lang plays that same as Barton, only less hopeless and trying to take care of a bunch of super kids.
But there’s one drawback…