Franklin Richards: Super Summer Spectacular

    (Marvel, 2006)
™ and © Marvel Characters, Inc.

At least Marvel is publishing something genuinely all-ages these days. Chris Eliopoulos draws and letters the (mis)adventures of the Fantastic Four’s only child, written in collaboration with scripter Marc Sumerak.

Eliopoulos plainly draws a lot of stylistic inspiration from Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, but there’s no foul there, since Franklin Richards is a hyperactive kid with a healthy interest in the truly amazing worlds unlocked by his father’s inventions. In fact, this version of Franklin is far more realistic and engaging than the stunted child that’s been whimpering around the FF’s laboratories in continuity these last couple decades. He actually has a personality and the inclination to explore that any kid presented with such wonders would develop. Barely restraining him from an early death is an exasperated H.E.R.B.I.E. the robot.

— Brendan McGinley

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