On the surface FF is a whole lot of wacky adventures, and that’s great in itself. But what it’s done over its 11 issues is redefine the spirit of the Fantastic Four in new, odd ways.
In this issue, the FF travel through time, and as Allred does at his best, expresses it with weird distortions and as a purple and green world. As the team encounters Impossible Man in a disturbing visual involving a mailbox, Fraction yet again puts a cool spin on an otherwise cartoony character.
Playful as always, Fraction makes the motivation for the villains in the series not just world-domination, but at heart, a very human reason. In this case, Impossible Man worries for his son Adolf, and begs for his enrolment in the FF.
While the FF persuade Adolf, Medusa takes on a maternal role and explains the team’s place in conquering their students’ fears. Along with that, they explain why New York is an ideal home, as it has typically been for the team.
Unfortunately, the FF kids aren’t as prevalent in this story. They add an extra whimsical and youthful flare, and instead, scenes of Maximus and Julius Caesar are put in place, as they scheme to take down the team. As a threat, they aren’t as interesting as others in the past, but the prospect of the kids having to take them down is a good one.
With a spotlight on the core team in FF #11, Fraction and Allred successfully tackle the feeling of belonging to a family and the FF’s connection to New York City.