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The New Marvel: 'FF'

FF 1 Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.

Promising to watch over and protect the Earth for a couple of minutes while the Fantastic Four embark on a time-spanning explorative mission, Scott Lang, Medusa, She-Hulk, and Darla Daring spearhead the Future Foundation in the quartet’s absence; however, something keeps the foursome from returning on time, leaving the world in the hands of a “faux” four that never had any intentions of being more than a temporary stand-in. The new foursome come to know one another’s abilities and personalities as, almost immediately, villains begin to attack, believing the new group to be unable to fully take up the Fantastic Four’s charge. In the end, these four are able to work together and teach the rest of the Future Foundation’s children, and while they refuse to consider themselves a replacement for the team, they are, nonetheless, the FF.


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The most interesting fact about the series is not how four individuals work together to protect the Earth while the “real” Fantastic Four are away, but that one of the four individuals isn’t a superhero in any fashion at all.  Thanks to Johnny’s typical forgetfulness and procrastination, the pop star and fashion model Darla Daring fills in for the Human Torch during the family trip, but because she has no previous experience in “superheroing,” she is rather taken aback by the situation and finds herself trying to cope with this new outlook on the world.  This creates a lot of interesting situations, to say the least, for our Daring Darla.

While it was rather obvious that the Fantastic Four wouldn’t come back when they were supposed to—I mean, it would be rather pointless to have a whole series devoted to these stand-ins if the originals made it back on time—I don’t think there is a sufficient amount of energy being put into finding Marvel’s First Family.  Sure, being attacked by villains and trying to teach the Foundation’s children lessons is important, but I would think that trying to find out just what happened to the Four would be just as important, if not more so, especially when the arrival of a special guest shows just how essential their return in.  So, come on, Scott Lang, step it up; I know you’re hurting after what happened in The Children’s Crusade, but we need you!

Finally, I really would like to find out just what is going on with Medusa and Bentley-23; Medusa has always been rather close to the Foundation, given their common associate with her husband, but I don’t think she’s the kind of person that Sue had in mind when she asked her to take her spot.  Sue had her reasons, but they don’t appear to have been the correct ones in regards to the Inhuman queen’s actions of late.  And, as for Bentley?  Well, he’s Bentley; that’s all I really need to say about him.




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