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Fantastic Four: World's Greatest (Mark Millar's Fantastic Four #1)

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MARK MILLAR BRYAN HITCH Need we say more? All right, we will Who is Mrs. Fantastic? And how will her return into Reed's life rock comicdom's First Family? Also, get ready to meet the Invisible Woman's brand-NEW super-team These stories will make Fantastic Four "The World's ULTIMATEST Comic Magazine " Promise Collects Fantastic Four #554-561.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 18th 2009 by Marvel (first published November 1st 2008)
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Sam Quixote
The FANTASTIC FOUR are the WORLD’S GREATEST. The WORLD’S about to END! They have to save BILLIONS of PEOPLE from imminent DEATH! Johnny’s in a BAND and sleeping with a VILLAINESS! Reed’s old flame shows up OUT OF NOWHERE! Did I mention the WORLD’S about to END!?! The FANTASTIC FOUR are the WORLD’S GREATEST!!!!!!!!

Why am I writing like this? This is Mark Millar at his most Michael Bay-iest.

BIG.

DUMB.

COMICS.

At one point Reed gets into a giant robot suit and fights another giant robot so the com
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Nicolo Yu
Mar 08, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
When Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch announced that they would follow up their acclaimed Ultimates opus with a stint in Fantastic Four, Millar declared he wanted to bring the book back to its sci-fi roots and make the book, “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” again. They definitely brought the fantastic back to the Four in a big way. Millar peppered his scripts with high science concepts and Hitch proved that his photo realistic art is no hindrance to illustrating a comic book filled with esoteric ...more
Jedhua
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: exciting-premise, gave-up-before-finishing, hell-of-a-ride, mature, sci-fi, top-notch-artwork, unlikable-or-superficial-characters, unrealized-potential

Additional Notes: This collection contains Fantastic Four issues #554-#561.

Other Useful Reviews: I never thought I'd see the day, but... Sam Quixote's review


Another attempt by Millar to write something so cool it has to be good. And it is cool... it's just that it was so fast-paced and "blockbusterized" that I had a l
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Brad
Nov 13, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch spin a story that's both reverential to the glory days of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and unafraid of bringing in new pseudo-science and new characters to muck up the FF's family life. The big "nu-Earth" story has a bit of a global warming "ripped from the headlines" feel without being weighty or morose. At the same time, the story doesn't ever carry much emotional heft. It's a neat ride that explores some cool ideas, but won't stick with you for long.
Hitch's art may be
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Mouse
Jan 20, 2016 Mouse rated it it was ok
I remember when the Fantastic Four used to be billed as 'The World's Greatest Comic Magazine'.
I'm not really sure what happened to them over the years and it's a really sad sad tale and maybe 3 failed movies had something to do with their downfall. I was a reader back in the day and although I never embraced them like I did the Avengers or X-Men, I still enjoyed them quite a bit. I've run across some of the FF trade paperbacks recently and read them and they've just left much to be desired.
In t
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Colm
Jun 13, 2016 Colm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Pturingan
May 20, 2012 Pturingan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero
This is not exactly new, but I found it on sale at my local comics shop during the recent FCBD event so I picked it up on a whim.

Anyway, I thought it was a lot of fun and reading it was a perfectly enjoyable way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon at home.
Camilo Guerra
Sep 29, 2014 Camilo Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
No se porque le dierón tan duro al comic en su día....que Hitch no era tan glorioso, que las ideas eran muy arrastradas,que fueque,que fueque...lo único que se es que a mi me parecio grandioso; una historia de salva el mundo a ultimo momento, viajes en el tiempo, crisis de familia,un Jhonny Storm como el Paris Hilton del universo Marvel, momentos muy CLOBBERIN TIME and FLAME ON, y un arte muy bueno, que puede que no este al nivel de Ultimates pero esta muy por encima de cualquier dibujante de ne ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
Oct 05, 2015 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest, Fantastic Four: Masters of Doom.

Благодаря автору, этот ран точно можно назвать самым пафосным и самым эпатажным, а также одним из самых масштабных. Экшен, жестокость, убийства, взрывы, девушки с модельной внешностью, всё как всегда у Миллера, и рисунок Хитча только подчёркивает любовь Марка к голливудскому лоску. Зато без чего обошлось в этот раз, так это без пошлых и глупых шуточек, мата, а также откровенной жести типа жёстокого изнасилования несовершеннолетне
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Ondra Král
Millarova FF příliš nezaujala, hlavně postavy jsou takové dost tuctové a téměř bez charakteru (Johny = machýrek, Reed = vědec) a Hitchova kresba mi v prvních sešitech vůbec neseděla. První book má v sobě dva čtyřdílné story arcy (které ale na sebe navazují).

První je trapárna. Objevuje se Reedova spolužačka z vejšky, která se ho snaží sbalit a zároveň ho zrekrutovat pro projekt Nu-Earth. Planeta Země totiž přestane být za pár let pro lidi neobyvatelná a tak pár vědců buduje umělou utopickou zemi,
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Travis
Oct 26, 2008 Travis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Mark Millar just doesn't get it. This was pretty painful and felt more like Millar thought he was still writing the Ultimate titles.

Johnny's sleeping with a super villain, Ben is using modern slang and Reed has an ex-girl friend that shows up out of nowhere.
Hitch is a great artist, but seems to be trying to draw the FF so they look like the movie versions and all his big screen panels would be more impressive if something was actually happening in the story. To much talking about things and not
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Shannon Appelcline
World's Greatest (554-557). does an amazing job of balancing the personal with FF adventure. On the personal side you have great new characters and everyone doing fun stuff (though Sue gets the short end of the stick with her barely covered charity). On the adventure side, you get the amazing large scope that increasingly expect from Millar, as he introduces the brilliantly conceived nuEarth. The result is a quirky, exciting and fun look at the team [8/10].

Death of the Invisible Woman. This sec
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John
Jan 29, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent volume telling two inter-related arcs. The big problem here is that there's a lot happening at times, and Hitch's art can get so busy and convoluted that it's hard to tell what's going on. Not bad, but could have been much better.
Jim
Jan 03, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very under appreciated run on this series. Millar and Hitch delivered one of, if not the best superhero comic on the stands every month for a little over a year. The best way I can sum it up is pure fun.
Damián Vives
Dec 03, 2014 Damián Vives rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un remarcable trabajo de Mark Millar en los guiones y Bryan Hitch en los lápices en el que devuelven a la "gran familia" Marvel a su epicentro narrativo, la fantaciencia.
Laurel
Mar 02, 2015 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
The Fantastic Four in this book seemed to act more and more out of character until I became frustrated with the whole thing.
Talk Comix
Mar 28, 2015 Talk Comix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Not Mark Millar's finest work but a solid attempt none the less. I did feel i was reading an ultimates version of the charachters. The story has a strong sense of both future and past and seems to build up well. I think what lets it diwn the most is the weekness of the ending of the first story arch. Sadly the payoff felt some what predicatable and the percieved solutions felt out of charchter for the future versions. Still not sure how i felt by the final twist in book one. My initial impressio ...more
Oliver
Jun 12, 2014 Oliver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very good, some bad and some weird stuff.
Keith Gerlach
Feb 21, 2015 Keith Gerlach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FF at the beginning modernized.
Federiken Masters
May 16, 2013 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los personajes y/o los autores
Recommended to Federiken by: Que estaba a mano
He leído más de una vez (sobre todo en boca de fans españoles) que Millar es un vendehumo de primera. Estoy parcialmente de acuerdo con esa afirmación, aunque nunca leí una historieta de él que me parezca directamente mala, pero también hay que admitir que cuando se quiere poner en megadirector de superproducciones comiqueriles lo suele hacer con muy buenos resultados. Y este tomo, con varios engañapichanga y todo, da buena muestra de ello.
Jani
Apr 18, 2013 Jani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy ... it sure has been a while since read Fantastic Four last time, even that it is one of my favourite superhero-families ever. Millar and Hitch did an awesome job with this one. Story and characters felt fresh but still they stayed true to classic FF elements like all things cosmic being everyday and mundane and most important keeping FF about family ... like it's supposed to be.

Have to check more new FF soon.
Mark
Apr 23, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it
Reed's old fling builds a robot to protect her new planet and it gets out of control.
Later Dr. Doom comes begging for help.

Excellent art and a gripping storyline with genuine surprises.
Fans will enjoy this book!

Notes
Who's the one person that can outsmart Reed Richards?

Learning Curve
Moderate: Readers new to Fantastic Four might be confused
Jake
Nov 09, 2009 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mark Millar can eat a dick. Ooohh, huge landmarks get destroyed! Big Ideas abound! Widescreen action on every page!

Sigh.

This asshole just keeps writing the Ultimates over and over again. And even that book was just Millar ripping himself off on the Authority, which was just Millar ripping Warren Ellis off.

Pretty art, though. In a CGI kinda way.
Ahmed
May 11, 2012 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hitch's beautiful art? Everybody's acting OOC? The air of douchey-ness that makes hate all characters? Everything feels like a mix between a CW teen drama and a Michael Bay movie? Oh god, this is a lost Ultimates volume, isn't it? Even the plots are recycled.

1 star for the writing as a whole, 2 stars for the art.

William Thomas
Feb 12, 2010 William Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I typically find time-travel to be the laziest plot device in science fiction, this story arc was the best FF writing since The '60s. Incredibly fun, layered storylines that converged into an awe inspiring work of huge imagination. I couldnot believe my eyes toward the end
of the arc.
Travis
Jan 02, 2013 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm not a huge Fantastic Four fan but this book was entertaining. It was definitely in line with other "wide screen" Millar books like The Ultimates. Lots of action, fast pace, big ideas. And even some characterization for Reed and Sue Richards!
Judd Karlman
Feb 13, 2009 Judd Karlman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Millar begins a fun run on FF, playing with the fun Kirby/Lee toys lying around the Baxter Building.

It manages to be a family super-hero story without angst. The art is lovely and the writing is just damned fun.
Jason
Not a big FF fan--don't dislike them, but could take or leave them. In Millar's hands, however, one issue flows into the next as the story pulls you in, helped in no small part by Hitch's detailed art.
Caleb
Feb 26, 2010 Caleb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
As it turns out, that sub-title is not entirely accurate.

More here, if you're interested:
http://everydayislikewednesday.blogsp...
Matthew Bartlett
Aug 07, 2012 Matthew Bartlett rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I don't normally read Fantastic Four, but when I heard that Millar and Hitch were working on this story line, I had to get it. Great story. Just grand!
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Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling writer of Wanted, the Kick-Ass series, The Secret Service, Jupiter’s Legacy, Jupiter’s Circle, Nemesis, Superior, Super Crooks, American Jesus, MPH, Starlight, and Chrononauts. Wanted, Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2, and The Secret Service (as Kingsman: The Secret Service) have been adapted into feature films, and Nemesis, Superior, Starlight, War Heroes, Jupit ...more
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