So the nerd farm has been officially shuttered up of late for our traditional Halloween vacation. Which means we not only haven’t had time to write anything, we’ve barely had time to read any funnybooks, either. Normally, we’d just post a picture with the headline “Gone Fishin'” or some such. But his week saw the release of a comic that made us so happy we had to at least say a few words on its behalf…
Fantastic Four: Grand Design 1
by Tom Scioli
First of all, this comic is awesome and DENSE. Scioli’s working around a 25-panel grid (!), packing every page with as much information as it can hold.
It’s insanity. The series works, ostensibly, along the same lines as Ed Piskor’s recently-completed X-Men: Grand Design, but taking the idea even further. Scioli’s making smart changes to the backstory that make the FF richer characters, and tying them into all of Jack Kirby’s Marvel cosmology, dating back beyond prehistory into the very birth of the universe. It’s great stuff, and normally I’d be more than happy to track all the tiny details he’s incorporated, and how he’s changed things around (like, he’s made Johnny Storm more of a juvenile delinquent, and it’s HIS idea to steal the rocket ship that sends them on their fateful journey through the Cosmic Rays).
But like I said, I’m on vacation.
So I’m not going to do that.
What I AM going to do, though, is direct your attention to one particular panel from the page above:
That’s right. Tom Scioli has now put the nerd farm’s personal favorite Fantastic Four gag into print.
THINGBEARD IS REAL, MOTHERFUCKERS!!
Oh, I’m so happy.