Review – The Thing #1
Review – The Thing #1
Writer – Walter Mosley
Penciler – Tom Reilly
Colourist – Jordie Bellaire
Letterer – Joe Sabino
Cover Artist – Tom Reilly
Publisher – Marvel Comics
Release Date – 11 November 2021
Variant Covers – Todd Nauck, Lee Bermejo
THE NEXT BIG THING Begins Here! Renowned storyteller Walter Mosley brings his signature style to a sweeping saga of Yancy Street’s favorite son that will range from the urban sprawl of the back alleys of Manhattan to the farthest reaches of the cosmos itself! A lonely evening and a chance encounter (or is it?) sends Ben Grimm embarking on a sojourn that will have him encountering – and battling – figures both old and new. Featuring guest appearances from figures drawn from throughout the Marvel Universe as well as precision artwork by Tom Reilly, THE NEXT BIG THING will remind audiences why the Thing is one of the most popular and beloved characters in the history of comics!
Walter Mosley is a writer of some pedigree so when I heard he was writing this book, I was eager to pick it up. And also the Fantastic Four are some of my favourite characters in the Marvel Universe. But just how would Mosley fare in writing about one of the most troubled characters? It is a heartfelt look at just how difficult it is being Ben Grimm but don’t go thinking that this is a depressing tale, far from it! Indeed I had to have a laugh at when Grimm signs up for a dating service and describes himself as ‘non-white’, showing the comedic quips of the protagonist. A fantastic read!
The artwork from Tom Reilly feels very old school in parts and certainly the depiction on The Thing himself has the feel of the Jack Kirby depiction. Reilly is joined by colourist Jordie Bellaire and his use of colour throughout the book is in keeping with the former’s style. But it is Letterer Joe Sabino that really cements this book with that vintage style. Those soundbites are classic!
It’s been a while since Benjamin J. Grimm has had a standalone story (15 years if my mind serves me correctly) and It’s good to see one of the most fascinating characters out on his own again, literally. Walter Mosley has worked on Fantastic Four titles before and it’s good to see him utilise that experience to bring us this fascinating series featuring one of our favourite characters. This is surely a must-read for any fans of Fantastic Four.
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