Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #3 (Marvel Comics)
By Brandon Montclare, Tom Grummett, Ray-Anthony Height, Rick Ketcham, Henry Flint, Michael Wm. Kaluta
Psycho-Man, somehow controlling Man-Thing, has reached into the multiverse and plucked out a version of the “new” Fantastic Four – Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine and Ghost Rider – to pit against Howard the Duck’s “Fearsome Four.” And chaos ensues. This miniseries, which has been a bit of a disappointment so far, is marginally better this issue. Although the circumstances that bring us to the fight scene are still terribly convoluted, the fight itself is at least okay, particularly the She-Hulk scenes. But the characters seem really out of whack – suddenly they’re acting not only as if they’ve been a team for years, but as if they’ve been a team that hates each other for years. At one point, there’s a line about nobody liking Nighthawk, and the way he’s written here, you have to agree. The big plus is the fact that we’ve only got two art teams this issue, instead of four, and unlike previous issues the changes in style isn’t dramatic enough to be distracting. Trouble is, the art isn’t especially great either, even with Tom Grummett handling layouts for the first half of the book. On the plus side, at least Howard is sporting his classic look again instead of the hideous redesign from a few years ago, which he was sporting in issue one. I was hoping this series would give us the lighter side of Fear Itself, but with one issue to go, it’s been nothing but a convoluted mess.