This week on Wednesday’s New Things, we’ve got new books from Fred van Lente and Greg Pak, and Matt Fraction’s fantastic farewell:
It’s a real shame to see Matt Fraction walk away from Marvel’s first family; although his Fantastic Four didn’t set the world on fire or anything, I thought he was doing a pretty good job following Jonathan Hickman on the book, in particular how he was dealing with bad dad Reed Richards. And, of course, his madcap FF is excellent, buoyed by the excellent visual storytelling of Mike and Laura Allred… In the meantime, it’s nice to see Fraction move from the kind of shared universe series where he often seems cramped into a wider portfolio of books were he has more room to play— very few people, for example, have any skin in the game when it comes to the Inhumans, Satellite Sam is just hitting its stride, and his upcoming Sex Criminals, from Image, is intriguing and totally untethered to anything except his imagination. Hopefully, his work in those places, like with Immortal Iron Fist,Invincible Iron Man, and Hawkeye, will be illuminating.
Bullets, broads, business, a murder on Broadway? What’s not to like about the second issue of Satellite Sam, from the suddenly very prolific Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin. It’s good to see Fraction working outside of Marvel again; he does best when he’s got the most space to breathe, which is why his best series at that publisher have been the ones where he could do whatever he wanted either because editorial’s let him play (Invincible Iron Man, FF) or because nobody’s going to crow about what he does with the characters (Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye).