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Fantastic Four: Volume 1

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  85 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A new adventure from the Fantastic Four. A conflicted Reed receives an intriguing offer, Ben has a windfall, and a visit from state officials has dire ramifications for Sue and the rest of the clan.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 4th 2006 by Marvel Comics Group (first published 2006)
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Having read a whole bunch of JMS lately, I was fully prepared to hate this (perhaps even biased against it). His run on Spider-Man has recently become one of my least favorite in comic book history, and since he began writing Fantastic Four around the same time, I was dreading this. But hey, I guess I can you can't always judge a book by its author(?).

Don't get me wrong, this has its problems. The ideas are a little done (big cosmic entity searching for the meaning of life, exploration of how/wh
Dan Magaha
Picked this up at the local used bookstore a while back and finally read it this evening.

Of all of Marvel's "big franchises", I probably know the least about FF canon and in particular, where the characterizations of the main players have been taken recently. I recall the 90's sexification of Sue and the whole Reed-Sue-divorce thing, and (if I'm not mistaken) Franklin becoming the world's most dangerous kid, like that Twilight Zone episode where the kid could think anything and it would happen.
This volume collects the first five issues written by Straczynski, and includes a complete story arc set against the trademark Marvel heroes-with-problems back drop. The child welfare office is investigating to see if Franklin and Valeria have a suitable home, the government has seized the Richards' monetary assets so they can't afford to eat anything except beans'n'franks for dinner (though Ben finds out that he's rich), the IRS is auditing them... but in the meantime they have to go out and sa ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Angel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantastic Four fans, Marvel comics fans, maybe Babylon 5 fans too
This was a nice easy read, and yet it had a bit of depth to it. If you are familiar with the author from his work on Babylon 5, you may feel right at home as the author does delve into some philosophical issues of existence. The basic plot is that the U.S. Government is trying to replicate the flight that turned the family into the Fantastic Four. And they may be close to doing it too. And then, along the way, an alien shows up. Sounds a lot like business as usual for our heroes. The comics here ...more
Fantastic Four Super Hero check list – GO!
1 Reid Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is distracted and aloof. Check
2 The Thing (Ben Grim) is suddenly super rich and acting stupid. Check
3 Johnny Storm (Human Torch) does not even count as 2nd fiddle and follow the Thing around blandly. Check
4 A Black Social Worker threatens to take the Richards Kids away and only the Invisible Woman is there to keep the family together (does it badly). Check

After reading several other compilations of comics written by the fa
This was *very* JMS. The things Reed learns in here - the ultimate message - reminded me a lot of Babylon 5. That isn't a bad thing - it's part of what I love about B5.

Overall, though, I thought this book was okay, but not great. I didn't like Ben in here at all - the humor didn't quite fit, in my opinion. And the child services problem seemed very construed, but okay, apparently that sort of thing happens to the Fantastic Four a lot. I also wasn't a big fan of the art.

What I did like, though, w
Writer J. Michael Straczynski gives some added emotional and intellectual depth to this above average FF saga. There is also some nice humor here as social services shows up to determine whether or not their home is a safe environment in which to raise children, and Ben gets a financial windfall. I enjoyed the idea of trying to replicate the original space flight that gave the FF their powers, and Reed's quest for knowledge gave the story some weight. Nicely done all around, with a good mix of a ...more
An ok adventure. Reed is asked to check out a science project by the government. At the same time, The Thing is coping with having money, and social services are checking up on the kids. There's some nice character moments with the Thing and some good space opera stuff too. Just read a lot better Fantastic Four books.
I love the Fantastic Four and I love Reed Richards, what more is there to say?
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Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954), known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or JMS, is an American writer and television producer. He works in films, television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. He is a playwright, a former journalist, and author of The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. He was the creator and showrunne ...more
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