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Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes V2 #20

(main story originally published in Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #10)

Marvel Comics (January, 2012)

WRITER: Jeff Parker
PENCILER: Manuel Garcia
INKER: Scott Koblish
COLORIST: Chris Sotomayor
COVER: Stephen Segovia
LETTERER: Dave Sharpe
PRODUCTION: Manny Mederos
ORIGINAL EDITORS: Nathan Cosby, Mark Paniccia, and Mackenzie Cadenhead
REPRINT EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
SENIOR EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
 
“PREP & LANDING” BACKUP STORY
WRITER: Kevin Deters
ARTIST: Joe Mateo
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulous
EDITOR: Stephen Wacker

In the main story, a reprint, The Fantastic Four acquires Vibranium, but it turns out to be stolen, leading to a confrontation with the Black Panther. After learning that the thieves plan a more massive Vibranium theft from the Wakandans, the FF journeys there and helps take the thieves down while clearing their name with Black Panther.

In the “Prep & Landing” story, based on the Disney Christmas special, two elves name Wayne and Lanny prepare the Avengers’ mansion for Santa’s arrival while trying to remain unobserved.

What they got right: I’m not a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, so just the fact that I got into this story is really a feather in the cap. The art was well done, and it was a good story overall. It also has a great moment with Johnny and Ben interrogating one of the bad guys good cop/bad cop style.

Reprints are usually ineligible for Best Scene, or this would be a nomination.

What they got wrong: I still hate that this series has devolved into a reprint title.

The “Prep & Landing” story: Fun little short, showing how Disney is using Marvel to push another of their products so take it as you will.

Recommendation: If you didn’t pick up the original, it’s not a bad story, but this is coming from a non-FF fan. Might be worth checking out.

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