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Book Information:Cover Date: May 1964
Characters & Groups
- Fantastic Four
- Everyone Else
- The Hulk
- Rick Jones
- Tony Stark's Mansion
After starting the fateful encounter of The Hulk Vs. The Thing last issue, I had to naturally read part two right away, moving on to see the melee become less about a one on one battle between the two titans and more of a team effort. But not just for the Fantastic Four Vs. The Hulk, but the Avengers as well. As the one would be Hero proves near impossible to defeat?
But while the conflict goes on, Rick Jones; whom in his own way is at the heart of the conflict, and perhaps partly responsible engages in his own plan to reason with the hulk and to try to bring the conflict to an end another way. So Can the Fantastic Four and the Avengers stop the Hulk? or will they be left at a stand still? Can Rick Jones communicate and get though the angered and rage filled hulk? and how will this epic end, and will we as fan’s be satisfied, read my review to see what I think of the now classic Fantastic Four #26.
I feel that the art and detail over all, was a little weaker in this issue then in part one, part of that could be because this volume by nature was more chaotic, with lots of characters all being around at the same time. The panel i included, shows the avengers and the Fantastic Four after they fail at competing with each other to stop the hulk. You can see the detail in characters while it is completely lacking from the setting around them.
As far as continuing a story goes, in particularly from where it was left off, I feel this one has come as close to any as getting that right. a few details changed early on, but nothing to major or unacceptable, offering us a great start to the second part of this epic tale.
Avengers and the Fantastic Four
We get to see two of the great teams of the day working together, however not so well at first. Each team believes that the hulk, and the fight is their problem and that they should be left to handle it on their own. It is only with a little effort and comprise that both forces begin to work together to stop the hulk.
In that, the signs of some potential friendships are made, although just a beginning. Just as last issue showed us about cross comic continuity, this one shows us the scope and scale of massive battles we could hope for in the years to come.
The Torch and The Thing
In this tale, we get to see a brother like loyalty between the two hero’s, while they seem to always be at odds with each other, they both stand ready to lay down their life to save each other. I don’t think anyone needed to be told that, but it is good to see.
In much of the last issue, and a good share of this one, he was sick, but always trying to get out of bed, to join the fight and save his friend. In fact saving Ben, is by far one of Mr. Fantastic’s greatest goals from the moment they became the Fantastic Four. By trying to make him human again, to helping him face the greatest foe, you see the strong friendship at work, even if it is tense at times.
For all the reasons above, in addition to having some strong dialogue, and being an entertaining read, I would call this a good story, and perhaps one of the best two parter I have reviewed so far.