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FF, Volume 2 (Fantastic Four, by Jonathan Hickman #6)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  658 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The War of Four Cities escalates, and we learn what it is that the FF fears most! The Future Foundation is caught in the middle as the war expands to encompass the entire Marvel Universe! Plus: Black Bolt is back and is determined to reclaim his throne. Ben Grimm returns to the pages of the FF as Ronan the Accuser and the armies of the Kree empire invade the earth! A Galac ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Marvel
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Oct 24, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
At the conclusion of Realm of Kings Black Bolt was missing and presumed dead. Guess who's back?

So this volume of FF was hijacked by the continuation of the Inhumans story Realm of Kings. Why Marvel didn't allow the story to finish with its own title is beyond me, but I'm glad the story was told somewhere. I have to imagine FF fans weren't pleased with two entire issues dedicated to Black Bolt's return and the Inhumans.

So Black Bolt's back and he's ready to return to Earth, perhaps because he ha
Oct 17, 2016 Donovan rated it liked it
My least favorite volume in the series. Heavy on Inhumans and little FF involvement until the last two issues.

This is probably why I haven't read any Inhumans. Such convoluted mythology. The Supremor, whose metagenesis plan succeeds, destroys nearly all the genesis worlds once he freaks out and discovers that he's fallible and one of his own creations will kill him.

Now there's total war that I can't even keep track of. Inhumans versus Inhumans versus Earthlings versus...?
Mar 11, 2012 Mike rated it it was ok
Nice bit of mythology Hickman & co make at the start of this book, what with metagenesis as the forebearer of all these weird races that swirl around the Marvel U. (Dunno how much of this has already been thought of and how much is Hickman's invention, but it's the first I've seen of it.)

Tocchini's art in the first couple of chapters is hard to 'read' - not sure if recurring costumes & faces are meant to be the same person or it's just because he doesn't draw all that clearly.

I haven't k
Jesse A
Oct 14, 2016 Jesse A rated it liked it
Probably the weakest volume of this whole run but partially because it has a lot to do with Inhumans and my knowledge of them is limited, at best.
Peter Derk
Mar 28, 2012 Peter Derk rated it did not like it
The first volume in this series started out pretty good. We have the Fantastic Four, minus Human Torch, plus Spider-Man. We also have a bunch of Reed Richards-ses that come from other dimensions, all of whom decided at some point to abandon their families in order to do what's best for the world, which kind of means they lost any anchor to emotional reality and therefore became a group of dangerous sociopaths.

I can dig it.

Then we have the second volume.

The phrase "a lot going on" can either be r
Sam Quixote
It seems Marvel are aiming to make more and more of their stories, both on the page and on the silver screen, more cosmic, more spacey and "FF2: The Supremor Seed" is no different. It starts with a lot of mythology about Black Bolt, a kind of cheesily-dressed villain who is nonetheless credited as one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. He lives on the Moon, has 5 wives, and doesn't speak. He's raised an army of Inhumans and is invading Earth along with a bunch of alternate u ...more
Apr 23, 2012 pea rated it it was ok
honestly, I felt like I walked into a shitstorm. I didn't know what the hell was going on or who everyone was! YIKES.

I would have gotten so much more out of it had I been more familiar.
Mar 05, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this volume, but a lot of me wonders if anyone would enjoy it who hadn't been following all the Cosmic Marvel stuff for the past few years. The War of Kings and parts of the Thanos Imperative play a major part in the arcs here, and the information from those arcs is just kind of mentioned without any real setup for readers who might be unfamiliar with it. Even though I've read all of that stuff, it took me a second to remember what had happened in those storylines.

That said, onc
Nicolo Yu
Sep 17, 2015 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
What's not to like? Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four was the first time that the writer's biggest plans was able to come to fruition and this volume is an important component of the story. It proves that the Fantastic Four is the franchise that gave birth to the Marvel universe and that Marvel's plans for its own slate of movies are severely hampered with the FF rights in the hands of Fox.
Jan 01, 2013 Jacobi rated it liked it
Shelves: trades-read
The most surprising thing about this volume? It solidifies how natural Spidey fits in the FF's corner of the Marvel-U.
Josh Fish
Dec 07, 2016 Josh Fish rated it it was amazing
I still don't know what Dr. Doom's powers are.
Sep 29, 2016 Colm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Relentless storytelling. Absolutely gripping. Completely impossible to put down.
Matt Anderson
Collects FF issues #6-11

It would be near impossible to have a good understanding of what is happening in this book if you read it as a stand alone volume, however it is a good continuation for readers that started at the beginning of Hickman's Fantastic Four run.

The first issue in this volume doesn't even feature the FF, as it is meant to bring readers up to speed on the Inhumans and the return from the dead of (SPOILERS) Black Bolt.


-Why does Black Bolt have five wives now? Does he eve
Zack! Empire
Well, here we are volume two of the Future Foundation. As you may recall the previous volume ended on a cliffhanger, and this collection begins with two issues that explain how the other half of a group in the conflict at the end of volume got to where they are in the story. While I was reading it I couldn’t help but think how pissed off I would be if I had to read not one, but two issues, before the story got back on track. This is one of the reason’s I like to wait for trades. Things like tha ...more
Reprints FF (1) #6-11 (September 2011-December 2011). Black Bolt has survived! Now the Inhuman leader is taking the Inhumans back to Earth. As the Future Foundation prepares to go after the Reeds from multiple universes, they find themselves teamed with villains to do it. The battle for the Forever City is on and the FF must succeed. If the FF does succeed, what plans do the Kree have for Earth as they mobilize their army?

Written by Jonathan Hickman and illustrated by Greg Tocchini (FF (1) #6-7)
Gene Kannenberg Jr
Collecting issues #6-11 of the first run of the title FF (which temporarily replaced Fantastic Four), this book continues a cosmic epic begun in who knows which other comics, Fantastic Four or otherwise. Briefly: The Future Foundation (the remnants of the Fantastic Four after the Human Torch has died, plus Spider-Man, plus Dragon-Man, plus Reed Richards' father, plus Reed and Sue's children, plus assorted other younger characters) team up with a bevy of their greatest villains (including Doctor ...more
Ottery StCatchpole
Mar 26, 2013 Ottery StCatchpole rated it it was amazing
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Drown Hollum
Hickman's triumphant Fantastic Four story slows down a bit for me here. The first two issues are boldly dedicated to Black Bolt and the political landscape of cosmic Marvel, past and present. While it's relevant to the events that Hickman has set up, it's a real speed bump for the momentum he's spent so much time building. The art in these first few issues is simple but effective, and they are relatively breezy in comparison to usual FF standards, but it almost feels like a whole different book. ...more
Eric England
Aug 04, 2016 Eric England rated it really liked it
FF Volume Two by Jonathan Hickman, Greg Tocchini, Barry Kitson, and Steve Epting is an excellent collection that pushes forward Hickman's larger Fantastic Four story. The genus of this collection is that, while it is a fragment of a whole, it is a satisfying fragment in its own right. If one thinks about this collection as a section of a grander serialized novel then it is clear that the theme of this portion is the rebirth of the Kree Supreme Intelligence. While other plot threads are advanced, ...more
Shannon Appelcline
An Inhuman History (6-7). Hickman’s stories occasionally go really big picture, and that’s the case here, as we get two entire issues focused on the Inhumans and pretty big movements by the Inhumans and Kree alike. Even without the actual FF, they're great, because they provide a history for the Universal Inhumans and tie everything in to the War of Kings, where the Inhumans were last used [8/10].

The Big Battle (8-9). And after a bit of downtime, we get some big-screen action as the Inhumans and
Sep 30, 2013 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
A disappointing follow-up to a really strong opening volume. The FF are caught up in a grand cosmic war, which should be exciting, but they're an afterthought in many of the issues. The first two focus entirely on the Inhumans, giving a choppy recap of their recent travels through the Marvel Universe. Hickman is a bit ragged joining them with the rest of the Universal Inhumans (other spacefaring races with similar origins, as it turns out). It's an interesting concept at core, but the execution ...more
Holden Attradies
I almost hated this volume. As part of the series I feel I'll probably like it more on my second reading when I know how it fits into the series as a whole, but right now I still feel like they are doing 50 things to set up something I can't even see the direction of.

That aside, the use of the Inhumans in this book almost completely ruined it for me. I just recently read the string of books that covered them leaving earth and taking control of the Kree Empire and all that. It was a fricking gold
Feb 26, 2016 Silas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot going on here. The first two issues mostly deal with fallout from the War of Kings, specifically the Inhuman side. Given the FF's history with the Inhumans, and the role the Inhumans play in the latter part of this volume, it makes some sense, but it also does take away some of the momentum of the story from the previous volume. That latter half is rather complicated, but most of Hickman's work with FF strongly rewards a great deal of Marvel lore. I was able to follow it without ...more
Jul 01, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonthan Hickman's Avengers work has been a topic of conversation around here lately, and I had read some of his Fantastic Four work, and liked it. With that said I decided to move the TPBS up the TBR pile.

How do I feel about FF at the series' halfway point? The positives are that Hickman has to provide a payoff to his story soon, and his is arguably one of the better portrayals of Susan Storm Richards. At times I feel like Susan is rolling here eyes at her husband thinking that he is utterly clu
Mar 16, 2012 Jesse rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of FF and cosmic stories
Definitely an interesting place to go after the first collection. Great art and the story is good, though at times swallowed up by larger world shaking narrative currents. It did introduce me to Marvel's "War of Kings" story line and now I must know how that went down. Also we see the return on of a big gun to the Marvel universe, which I was quite pleased with. I'm intrigued to read volume 3 when it comes out. Jonathan Hickman is definitely on my radar now, check this out if you like the first ...more
May 29, 2014 Julio rated it really liked it
Volume 2 of Hickman's FF run amps up the action to truly cosmic levels! We have the Inhumans as well as the whole Kree empire on hand for all out war on earth! I enjoyed seeing Hickman delve deep into Kree history and paint his story on an even larger canvas, upping the action and the stakes even higher. Greg Tocchini joins Epting and Kitson on artist duties, and while his scratchy/sketchy style wanders a little into Mignola territory and works fine for the flashbacks, I'm still most excited abo ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Enjoyable read. This comic is a companion to Jonathan Hickman's "War of Four Cities" arc in Fantastic Four. It tells a basically parallel story that mostly revolves around the kids of the Future Foundation (or as one Doom-Bot calls it, "the Richards School for Gifted Youngsters"). Plus there is some Spider-Man smart-mouthing. For whatever reason my local library has vol.2 and 3 of Future Foundation and all five of the related Fantastic Four, but not the first volume of Future Foundation; I'm sur ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Sean rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Comics fans!
Jonathan Hickman continues his fun on FF with more big ideas. Bringing back the Kree Supreme Intelligence is interesting and added to the Inhumans and Ronan, its a welcome addition to the book. The multiple Reeds and various villains aren't too much, although it was close at times. The art was phenomenal except for the two opening chapters by Greg Tocchini. His work looked rushed and didn't fit with the gorgeous work of Steve Epting and Barry Kitson. Overall, another very solid read!
Nov 18, 2013 Todd rated it liked it
I hate when I read the fall out of a miniseries that I haven't read. The miniseries is on my list of things to read.

That being said this isn't a terrible story. It moves at a decent pace, even when I wasn't entirely sure what was going on.

The art is solid. Each Reed is distinct, but still Reed.

This is a set up story. It seems like it's setting up something pretty awesome. But it doesn't have much excuse to be as uneventful as it is.
Justyn Rampa
I'm sure if I knew a lot more of my history, this would make a lot more sense. People have compared Hickman's run on FF to Grant Morrison's run on Batman and to a certain extent I see it. Both mine very obscure lore within the character's history to fuel a really out there story line that many find inaccessible and confusing.

I can at least be objective enough to appreciate what is going on here, even if I don't understand most of it:-/
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