The most satisfying aspect of Future Quest #5 is that you don't need to know diddly squat about these characters coming in from Jeff Parker.
And, hey, it doesn't hurt to have the perfect combination for this type of story in Evan "Doc" Shaner and Hi-Fi. Seriously, there aren't many people who can ease the loss of Jordie Bellaire on an issue like this. Also, this cover from Doc is a thing of beauty:
That's right, the main (non-variant) cover has nothing to do with the "main" story but the short story concerning The Impossibles at the end. Oh, hey, get this two fun, satisfying books with pretty mouth for $2.99.
Some have said the main story hasn't progressed enough, but I point to the further development of F.E.A.R. and a little more background, and fantastic one-shot, of the caveman Mi-Tor. Check out this spread:
I do miss Space Ghost and Birdman's appearance didn't seem to do much for the story, but the story was fun and we've developed a main villain and made F.E.A.R. seem more credible.
This book just feels right, the vintage feel, the adventure, between the writing and art is spot-on.
As for the second story, I know next to nothing about The Impossibles but Parker made me care and skip skimming through the "secondary" story. I love the idea of four teenages quitting their children's show, starting a band, getting a new show format who gain newfound powers.
Artist Craig Rousseau has some obvious fun with short story, as the panels with each character's face hanging sitting in the corner of the box almost watching over what's going on in the world while they're talking.
Rating: 9/10 Braks Parker seamlessly introduces characters and progresses the ones already in place on a level of his own. Shaner and Hi-Fi hit together, as the vintage feel screams earling morning adventure stories.