With that in mind, and with the announcement of James Robinson (way to go, yet again, DC) and Leonard Kirk as the creative team on this, I knew I had to at least give it a try again.
I've loved pretty much anything Robinson has done (yes, even his run on Justice League of America, haters), and I fell in love with Leonard Kirk's art during his run with Peter David on X-Factor, so this was a must-try for me.
Seeing it on the shelf, the first thing that came to mind was, "uh oh, that title treatment is hideous", but fortunately, the complaints end there. Robinson immediately establishes that this isn't a completely new beginning for these characters by referencing things that happened in the previous volume, and in FF history. In fact, his big bad here in issue #1 is Fin Fang Foom, as many of you know, a long-time villain from decades past.
Robinson's world building and storytelling have always been top notch, but what really grabbed me here were the character's voices. His Thing is the classic, lovable blue-eyed Thing of the 80s, and his Human Torch is the flamboyant, attention-starved pretty boy. Sue and Reed share tender moments here, as well as some rough ones that all married couples will be familiar with.
Robinson addresses the stress Valeria leaving the family temporarily is causing, and we get a glimpse of what the FF kids are up to now as well.
Leonard Kirk's art is clean and strong, commanding every panel. He brings unique emotion and personality to faces, and his representation of Reed Richard's powers in particular I found to be very appealing. I'm not sure who's idea the red costumes were, but they work surprisingly well, adding an atypical color to the long-established Fantastic Four pallet.
I'm excited to see what Robinson will build for this family, it's his strength (building worlds), and I know that he won't disappoint. For the first time ever, I feel confident in a creative team's ability to keep me loving this title, and they're off to a good start, I'm excited for the future of this book.