>>99515428>It's a very slow start
The mechanics of a FF issue are dead fucking simple, every issue ends with a genuine cliffhanger and/or surprise that threatens to CHANGE EVERYTHING FOREVER but it actually works within that format.
The first issue ended with a wet fart ("Hi, I'm Tom Strong, I can't take your message right now") and this one is "OMG we'll be uncomfortable if separated, this is in no way an obvious plot device with no tension" while at no time have any stakes been set or raised.
Yes, there's banter. Yes, Terrific is filling the Reed job somewhat although he's not nearly turbonerdy enough. Yes, there's a girl and she has zero point zero chemistry with any other character.
Stan and Jack knew that there was no room for finesse in terms of characterization and went hard for four unambivalent archetypes: nerd, classy girl with grit, bruiser and light-hearted playboy. On top of that there were preexisting relationships to complicate everything (2 are siblings and one of those is becoming romantically interested in one of the others). Here we have brooding scientist, class clown, bruiser and -- girl. Just girl. No real personality there and no connection to the rest. Only real chemistry is Plas annoying his straight man (Rex instead of Bruce) but we've seen that ever since Plas joined the Justice League so there's not a lot to mine there without going serious.
Silver Age Marvel hit the ground running with every #1 and that formula's not rocket science. To Reis/Lemire's credit, at least this isn't decompressed but that would be suicide here. All the pregame talking the creative team doesn't mean shit if they start the title slow. This isn't a character piece with an unraveling personal mystery behind it.
I'll give this 2 more issues.