Written by Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer
Art by Benjamin Dewey
Cover Art by Alex Ross
Published by Marvel Comics
When Kobe Bryant passed just over eight weeks ago (it feels like eight years ago, right?), there were a lot of stories written.
Living in the Philadelphia area, there were plenty of stories to remind us of Kobe’s high school exploits.
Stories of high school classmates and favorite teachers. Prom stories and homework assignments. Kids, now adults, who played with him and against him.
Reading Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshots reminded me of the Kobe stories after his passing.
Not the mourning and tragedy. No unexpected deaths here. But the glance at a celebrity hero in a moment of normalcy.
A teenager who is idolized, on the verge of going to great heights, but still just a teenager.
Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer set the mood early on.
A Mom, Doris, getting ready for a rare night out, the news playing in the background. No viruses here, but heroes and villains causing mayhem all over, in towns big and small. Nevertheless, life continues. Doris’s door knocks, and we met the TV crew following Doris around. It’s High School Reunion Night!
Not only that, but Doris is an old high school girlfriend of Johnny Storm – The Human Torch!
Doris and the TV crew serve as our gateway characters to Glenville, Johnny’s hometown. We see a hometown with a serious case of hero worship. Statues, Museums all serve to show that Johnny Storm still has the adoration of his home town.
Dorkin and Dyer dig a little deeper. We meet high school friends that did not have the happiest of interactions with Johnny Storm. As high school reunions can remind us, our teenage self is not always our best self. But as the story concludes with a grand beach party, reunions are not just to reminisce on who we were, but on how far we have come.
Even Johnny Storm can grow up.
I would hate to not mention Benjamin Dewey’s art. It really does have that soft glow of nostalgia. A lot of scenes that under lesser artist may seem static really pop.
Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshots gets a hearty recommendation from me.
Now I’m going back to searching for Kobe Bryant high school stories.