However, I cant finish this review without a word or two of praise for the back-up strip which is to be found in this issues closing pages, as Franklin Richards Son of a Genius appears in Weather or not by writer Marc Sumerak and artist Chris Eliopoulos. The strip seems tailor-made to attract new and younger readers to the comics medium, but its a fun and effortlessly entertaining four pages no matter what your age. The ever-present sense of mishief and boundless childish imagination which characterised the classic Calvin and Hobbes can also be found here, and that strips artistic style has clearly influenced Eliopoulos in his renderings of Reed Richards sons crazy adventures with his fathers weather-generator device. However, the colours and thick lines here are far more striking and exciting, replacing C&Hs tint of nostalgia with an energy and verve which ties it strongly to the Marvel Universe and makes such a simple strip really pop off the page. This is a great li Read Full Review
As a stand alone alternate reality Spidey tale, this series works at times, but its open ended conclusion, whether intended all along by the writers or a rushed solution to the problems presented throughout, feels very unsatisfying. The Franklin Richards supplement seems like a cheap plug for that one shot, which would be cool if it werent mediocre. Richards is nothing more than a Calvin clone with H.E.R.B.I.E. serving as a less clever and humorless Hobbes. Read Full Review
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