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FF by Jonathan Hickman, Vol. 1 (FF #1)

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Before his death, the Human Torch made his wishes known: If anyone were to replace him in the Fantastic Four, it should be his best super-hero buddy, Spider-Man. but even with the addition of Spidey to their ranks,Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman and the thing are now so much more than four. Welcome to the FF - the Future Foundation! Marvel's First Family has moved beyon ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published March 14th 2012 by Marvel (first published September 7th 2011)
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Our FOURTH week of Shallow Buddy reads is a nod to Marvel's oldest family, The Fantastic Four!


Sadly, Johnny Storm is dead. So, FF now stands for Future Foundation.
Because Fantastic Three just doesn't have the same ring to it, you know?


Each member of the family is dealing with it in their own way.
But everyone has been hit hard by his death, including his best friend, Spidey.


Ironically, Johnny has left a last will and testament (of sorts) that names Peter as his successor, should anything happen t
Dan Schwent
In the wake of the Human Torch's death, the remainder of the Fantastic Four, plus Spider-Man and some others, form the Future Foundation. Their first goals: restore Doctor Doom's mind and defeat the Council of Reeds...

Here we are again, Jonathan Hickman throwing around some big ideas and whetting my appetite. As I said before, I love the idea of the Council of Reeds. In this volume, the FF join forces with The Wizard, The Mad Thinker, Diablo, and others to try to outwit the Reeds and their plan
Somehow even though there's quite a number of big changes being played out in this book, it feels positively threadbare and languid compared to the previous Hickman volumes.

Hickman pulls a little dramatic bait-and-switch on us, and while I'm still a bit miffed he resorted to a cheap writers' trick, the underlying storyline (alterna-Reeds run amok) is generally interesting.

The story doesn't go as far as fast as previous Hickman FF's, so frankly I'm disappointed and hoping it's an aberration.

OK no
Zack! Empire
I’ve read most of the Kirby/Lee run of the Fantastic Four, and I recall two issues of it from the mid 90’s. (One where Reed fights his evil doppelganger, and the other one had Reed stuck in prehistoric times and Namor might have been in there too.) Well it would seem that between those issues and this one I missed quite a lot. Though I can’t say I’m really surprised at this. Comics tend to move along very fast and what might be the status quo today might not even be something that holds any wat ...more
Sam Quixote
I’m not the biggest Fantastic Four fan, in fact I’ve never read a book of theirs but they have been in numerous Marvel “event” books I’ve read and I used to watch the 90s cartoon and of course the lacklustre movies, so I feel I have a fairly good idea of who they are. But this book shows the Fantastic Four are no more – Johnny Storm/Human Torch is dead! And there are all manner of oddballs that fill the Baxter building: a robotic dragon with the personality of Frasier, some bug-eye alien kids, R ...more
It is really just so cool to see all of Hickman's setup paying off. I mentioned this in my review of Fantastic Four Vol. 4, but it's still just so satisfying, particularly coupled with the fact that Hickman continues to lay groundwork for future storylines as he pays off his older ones. If this is the kind of stuff we can expect from him, I really can't wait for Secret Wars.

In this volume, pretty much every one-off story Hickman told in the first 4 volumes of his Fantastic Four run is coming to
William Thomas
Hot damn, Hickman hit it outta the park with this one. Everything here is just pitch perfect. All of the confusion and chaos he was bringing to the Fantastic Four book was making my head spin. It was just much too muhch. In this, he slows the pace and makes the story linear for once. So thanks for that, Jonathan.

FF is a fantastic idea. Its the brightest spot in the darkest of seas right now. With so much garbage floating around the Marvel Universe (I'm looking at you, X-books), FF is an excitin
Today is grey skies. Tomorrow is tears (Tom Waits)

Johnny Storm ist tot und Marvels First Family in Trauer. Auf Johnnys letzten Wunsch hin stößt Spidey zum Team, dass sich fortan Future Foundation nennt.
Kann Spidey Susans charmanter Einladung widerstehen?

Die Idee - zahlreiche Reed Richards aus anderen Welten / Dimensionen planen unsere Welt zu vernichten, damit sie in ihre jeweils eigene zurückkehren können, klingt spannend genug, und auch dass Reeds Tochter zur Bekämpfung der anderen die Erzfein
Emmett Spain
A jumping off point for new readers, one gets the impression that this story comes in the middle of a much bigger saga. There's a very brief introduction that throws out random details like "Oh, Susan is leading Old Atlantis, and there are a bunch of aliens and some clones and a demon robot thing". A lot isn't really adequate explained, so this is really tough to grasp for those new to the FF hijinks (FF stands for Future Foundation by the way--what the Fantastic Four are calling themselves afte ...more
I really like what writer Jonathan Hickman has done here. He has gone back to creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's roots on the title. FF at its inception has some of the Kirby/Wally Wood Challengers of the Unknown about it. Four adventurers exploring the world, fringes of science, and saving the world now and again. Chris Claremont and Karl Kessel also did this (see Kessel's Section Zero online for his independent take on such a story).

With Johnny Storm's apparent death Peter Parker is invited to
OK, this new 'FF' Future Foundation/Fantastic Four is a solid book.
Though they haven't quite figured out what to do with Spider-Man in the team...
This carries on ideas from the last while of Fantastic Four, with the Family helping none other than Dr. Doom recover his memories and abilities!
It also involves a council of high intellect antagonists (Doom, Mad Thinker, High Evolutionary, Diablo, etc.) welcomed in by Valeria, and a rather not-so-eager Reed.
When you find out why the council was create
***Dave Hill
The first TPB of the title, with issues 1-5. This takes place some ways into Hickman's run on the Fantastic Four, and issues in the new "FF" title after the death of the Human Torch and Reed's reformation of the group into the Future Foundation.

And there's some great stuff here, thrown at us by Hickman almost too fast to handle -- Spider-Man joining the team (in the ugliest Spidey costume ever), Doctor Doom lurking around, the kids (Reed/Sue's plus other refugees they've gathered), and Reed begi
Due to the Avengers/New Avengers storyline that I've been absolutely hooked on (Time Runs Out), one of my friends suggested that I give the Hickman Fantastic FOur run another chance, because it has some stuff that I might recognize, and could possibly be dropping some hints on whats to come.

I don't like this. It's not that the book is bland, it just feels kind of empty. Im still irritated by the precocious know it all valeria character, who seems designed from the ground up to come off like a M
I don't think I know anyone that buys Fantastic Four comic books. I can't think of anyone that has a Fantastic four tattoo, and I don't think I ever see Fantastic Four cosplay.

I think comic fans respect the fantastic four, and their place in the Marvel universe. I think, besides the new gods, people consider the Fantastic Four the best way to mainline Jack Kirby into your system.

When I try to think about what would make a person want to read a fantastic four comic, versus say X-men or Batman, t
Matt Anderson
Collects FF issues #1-5

Although the series got a name change, this is a clear continuation of Hickman's Fantastic Four series. For this reason, I would not recommend this as a jumping on point. A lot of the main action is dependent on prior knowledge of The Bridge and The Council. With that being said, on to the spoilers:

-This first part is not a spoiler, but I was just thinking about something kind of interesting. I bought into the media hype after the Human Torch's death, and actually purchase
This is the beginning of what looks to be the beginning of an epic and interesting tale. It follows on the heels of a story wherein the Human Torch had sacrificed himself to save the world. I have heard the outcome of that, but it is interesting to see how the other characters are dealing with that change, and to see Spider-Man stepping in at Johnny's request to keep the team together (though the name has changed from the Fantastic Four to the Future Foundation... which makes for an interesting ...more
Reprinting FF (1) #1-5 (June 2011-August 2011). Johnny Storm…aka the Human Torch is dead. Now, the Fantastic Four no longer feels so fantastic and “Four” no longer applies. The Future Foundation (or the FF) is out to solve the worlds and Spider-Man has been invited to help. Before the FF can heal from Johnny’s death, a new threat arises from a mistake made by Valeria and the appearance of a team of Reed Richards set to destroy the world.

Written by Jonathan Hickman and spinning off of his popular
Drown Hollum
The weight of Hickman's Fantastic Four run closes in on all sides, as things come to a head in FF. Every hanging plot is further addressed in a story involving Hickman's infamous Council, and their attempt to get home. Things get creative as some of the Fantastic Four's greatest enemies are brought together under the Baxter Building's roof with one goal in mind. Defeating Reed Richards. What follows is some of the most inventive storytelling to ever come out of Marvel comics, still managing to s ...more
Hickman is destroying. I love that his take on the Fantastic Four is smart and bold, and yet also full of goofy comic book sci-fi.
Just have my comic babies already, Jonathan Hickman.
I've been a fan of the Fantastic Four since John Byrne's classic run in the 80s but haven't kept up with their adventures for a while. (Other than enjoying Warren Ellis' run on Ultimate Fantastic Four.) And being the Jonathan Hickman fanboy that I've become, I dived into his run on FF (Future Foundation.) While I still prefer Hickman's own creator owned properties for their sheer balls-to-the-wall craziness, I did enjoy his multiverse, time-spanning adventure he began in this volume! He has some ...more
Ottery StCatchpole
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***some spoilers***
Well, having read this technically 5th volume of FF by J. Hickman I discovered that I missed Hickman's first FF book titled: Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, which was advertised at the back of the book. This collection gets renumbered as volume one, maybe because the FF in Fantastic Four changed to Future Foundation, but it's really a 5th volume FF book nonetheless. The story moves a bit faster than the prior story arcs. I'm not the biggest Marvel zombie so I don't think I got the
Okay, I officially give up.

I keep hearing glowing things about Jonathan Hickman, but I tend to find his work curiously sterile. His "big ideas" are often compared to Grant Morrison, but Hickman's stuff reads like Grant with the heart and soul surgically removed. Even on the sci-fi / sense of wonder tip, Hickman frequently fails to even provide a rational basis or even adequate technobabble hand-waving to make it seem like he's thought through the underpinnings of his concepts, or their conseque
Ok so I read the beginning of a few other peoples reviews before I wrote this and I must say: PEOPLE ARE DUMB! This isn't hard to grasp and its not threadbare. Its quite simple, Johny Storm just died and his dying sentiment was for Reed to not stop doing what they were doing and to take it to the next level. That is what this series is about. Reed and Sue Richards have taken in and are mentoring a number of remarkable children to create a brighter future for the whole world. I love it. Its harke ...more
Michael Irenski
The Fantastic Four is dead. Long live the Future Foundation!

Building on the events of the Fantastic Four finale, Jonathan Hickman crafts a story that draws on several influences from his two-year run on Marvel's first family. With the Fantastic Four, if you can still call them that, reeling from the "death" of one of their own, Reed Richards is forced to come to terms with his plan for tomorrow. Coincidentally, the Reeds from an alternative timeline have anterior motives themselves, which forces
I was never a huge fan of the Fantastic Four but when I heard that the Human Torch had been killed off I was compelled to read the issues to learn of Johnny Storm's fate. I immediately thought that Marvel chose poorly in terms of killing off the coolest member of the team but after seeing the new team dynamics in action I have to say it was a very good decision.

The new family aspect to the team is very engaging and is found nowhere else in comic books and I find Hickman's treatment of the charac
I read this out of order from and about a year later than the rest of the series. Still it holds up nicely, with good moments of it's own (humor thanks to Spider-Man, Franklin, and Dragon and drama thanks to Sue, Reed, and Thing). It nicely sets the stage for the rest of the series (and for me retrospectively filled in some holes). Best of all it has that grand adventuring spirit of trying to make the world a better place.
I've been done with multiple worlds Marvel style for quite some time now. But mostly because the books using that theme are awful. This one is a bit better than that. An interesting setup, multiple evil-ish Reed Richards - so how do you defeat them? I generally like the Future Foundation, but in this one they are not making especially good use of the children. And throwing in Peter Parker on top kind of feels accidental. Still not bad. 3.5 of 5.
I love the Fantastic Four. It was one of the first titles that I sat down and really started reading the back story.

It's hard to read FF because Johnny is gone and he really does add heart and comedy to the story line, but it is nice to see Parker filling the void.

The gathering of the villains to defeat the Richards is just good fun. I think that's why I really enjoy Hickman is that he just seems to really be having fun with his stories. I'm a sucker for the Rogues so it's always nice when you s
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