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Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman, Vol. 1 (Fantastic Four, by Jonathan Hickman #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  2,073 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
Be there as Marvel's newest exciting creator, Jonathan Hickman, teams up with superstar artist, Dale Eaglesham, to give you the Fantastic Four experience you've been waiting for! It's adventure, it's family, it's tough questions in dark times. Ben and Johnny prepare for a trip to Nu-Earth while Val figures out what her dad is up to. See what happens when Reed Richards trie ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 4th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2010)
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Our FOURTH week of Shallow Buddy reads is a nod to Marvel's oldest family, The Fantastic Four!


Part of the challenge for me this week was to find a Fantastic Four title that really got me interesting in...well, a Fantastic Four title.
Most of the time when I think of this team...


By Sunday, I'm hoping that image will be erased and replaced with something much cooler. And this volume was as step in the right direction, I think. Not too shabby!
There was still a lot of underlying things going on that
Dan Schwent
Sep 01, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2012
The Fantastic Four deal with the Wizard, the Council of Reeds, Nu-Earth, and Franklin Richards' birthday...

There was a time in my life when the Fantastic Four was undisputedly my favorite comic. I must have been a subscriber for six or seven years. Aside from reading Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus - Volume 1 and Fantastic Four: 1234, this is my first foray into the FF's adventures in a decade or more.

The book starts off a little slow. The Wizard-centric story at the beginning didn't knock
Nicolo Yu
Sep 12, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
I almost missed out on Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run. I’ve heard of great things about it but I never was able to get myself to buy an issue or trade of it at the height of his run. As he winds down his final story arc, Marvel made available on the Digital Comics Unlimited app on their site for free for a week, three issues from his run which I devoured gratefully. Those issues were so good that when a spotted a lone copy of a trade featuring his first arc, I secured it almost immediatel ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
This was my first real attempt at reading Fantastic Four. And yet, I kind of feel like I know the characters, at least on a basic, shallow level. Hickman didn't really write anything that would make me change my mind about any of them, but I really don't think he was trying to reinvent the characters. That's fine. Not everything needs to be reinvented. I'm looking at you, DC.

The stories here are solid and fairly well told, if nothing terribly exciting. The multiversal council of Reeds is a real
Sam Quixote
Jonathan Hickman gives you your money’s worth as he crams his first volume of “Fantastic Four” with a number of interesting sci-fi storylines worthy of Marvel’s cosmic silver age tales. Reed Richards tries to answer a challenge he set for himself - “Solve everything” - which leads him to a parallel dimension full of other Reed Richards who are tasked with solving everything in every universe. The down side is that no Reed Richards has time for his Sue Storm and kids so they fall by the wayside; ...more
Jesse A
Sep 11, 2016 Jesse A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! A super fun Fantastic Four book. My admiration for Hickman grows and grows.
Brief Introduction:

I have heard of the Fantastic Four for many years and I had seen most of the movies and the TV shows that was based on them. However, I never picked up a comic of the “Fantastic Four” until recently, since I am a huge “X-Men” fan and I have been constantly reading their comics for years now. After hearing so many good things about Jonathan Hickman’s run on “Fantastic Four,” I just had to give this series a shot and see if it was worth checking out. Well, I was really amazed
Reed Richards is an isolated super genius whose pursuit of greatness routinely leaves his family neglected and/or exposed to deadly gamma radiation. This has been a integral part of his character since the very first issue of Marvel comics. Jonathan Hickman breathes new life into the old idea, making Richards' obsessive need to "solve everything" feel tragic and personal. He totally is the type of guy who would abandon his family to work on science problems with alternate versions of himself. Th ...more
Oct 06, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hickman creates sone of the most enjoyable comic reading today - believable characters, subtle struggles, big action, and mind-bending reality tweaks.

His first entry in the FF landscape is no exception. I had a lot of fun reading this - it moves quickly without filler or self-narration, and I blazed through it faster than I wanted. I really want to savour these stories but Hickman makes it too fun to stop the pace and linger.

Reed is a hard character to do something new with - he's saved the worl
Mar 10, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a little skeptical about the wild acclaim Hickman's received since his appearance on the comics scene a few years ago. I've found Secret Warriors to be an enjoyable but occasionally troublesome series, and I flat-out hated his SHIELD series. But now I think I get it. He is absolutely the perfect choice to take over Fantastic Four. All of the huge, imaginative yet scientific ideas he had in SHIELD are here, only instead of just being spoken about as pure genius by characters who are lar ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Colin rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume contains three separate story arcs.

The first story arc consists of the first three issues. This arc is all about Reed Richards and what it means to be a great man. It’s brilliant on multiple levels. The surface plot is engaging, creative, and fresh. The more subtle themes that underline the story are well done and meaningful. In Reed’s “quest for everything” he goes through a portal he’s built to a pocket dimension where dozens of versions of himself throughout the multiverse have c
Apr 11, 2014 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, marvel
Reed Richards decides he wants to solve everything, but then realizes that family is important and stuff. There's a fairly simple basic plot that's glitzed up by a lot of interesting sci-fi and Marvel references--I don't think anyone mentions there's a Captain Universe on the page somewhat frequently in the main, "Parallel Reeds" story.
Hickman at least makes it all feel very big and sci-fi, and not particularly like other superheroing comics. This is the start of a fairly long run by him on the
Shannon Appelcline
A strong intro volume, with great characterization. The initial arc on Reed is all-around a good story. The last issue is a very intriguing setup of things to come. The NuEarth story didn't make much sense to me until I went back and read the Millar run, at which time I came to really appreciate the continuity.
Zack! Empire
Feb 12, 2013 Zack! Empire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. It’s a short read, so saying that I read it cover to cover in a single sitting isn’t saying much, but, hey, I read this book cover to cover in a single sitting. I’m not sure why the Fantastic Four never seems to get mentioned when people talk about great runs, or great books overall. They should be at the top of the list for both Marvel and all of superhero comics in general. While other heroes are busy fighting street thugs, or beating the villain of the week for the 50th ti ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had dreamed up Spider-Man, The Avengers, or X-men they wrote an odd borderline sci-fi superhero book called fantastic four. It was strange, galactic, and completely over the top (like most superhero books of that day). It also featured the first flawed mainstream heroes ever. These were not invincible super-gods, unbeatable American super soldiers, or infallible brilliant bat detectives. These were scientists and pilots whose gifts were also there burdens. Now the ...more
Steven Withrow
Haven't read this comic in a long while, though it used to be the one book (junior high/early high school) that I collected religiously. I enjoyed Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's run on this book, but other teams just felt like they were going through the motions. So when I heard the hype about the death of Johnny Storm, I decided to wade in and see what Jonathan Hickman might bring to the FF. Turns out he's a very good writer for this title, and I'm looking forward to seeing where he takes this l ...more
Hickman is a decent writer and he seems to have a love of the FF and got himself a solid artist for his run, but everytime I read one of his stories I just feel kind of underwelmed.

Maybe it's because in this volume he's dealing with the baggage he got stuck with following the dreaded Mark Millar or just his writing is lacking some spark that would appeal to me.

Which is a shame as I really want to like this series. I love the FF, think Hickman's heart is in the right place and would like to find
Aug 22, 2010 Alan rated it liked it
Nice little return to the series core concepts of family and science adventuring. New writer Jonathan Hickman gets pluses for adding some character to Reed and Sue while maintaining one of the few stable relationships at Marvel Comics (home of destroying stable relationships see Daredevil and Spider-Man). A plus for making Reed place a higher value on family and marriage than joining a council out to save the multi-verse. Minuses for turning the intelligent and fun Alyssa Moy into a woman in ref ...more
Matt Anderson
Mar 13, 2014 Matt Anderson rated it it was amazing
Collects Fantastic Four issues #570-574

Spoiler-free review:

I love how Hickman’s writing makes everything feel so epic, and so incredibly important.

I’m writing this part of the review after only reading the first issue in this collection. I had high hopes for this book because I’ve heard so many great things about what Hickman had done with the Fantastic Four. Not only did this volume not disappoint, but I was blown away by how quickly I was engaged in the story. Understand, before this, I have n
Aug 22, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
A pretty good start to Hickman's FF run. Minus one star for the art. Dale Eaglesham's art in issues #570-572 were decent. On the other hand, Neil Edwards filled in for issues #573-574 and the art was not very good. Some of the facial expressions were just atrocious. This might have been the fault of the inker, which happened to have only worked over Edwards' pencils.

I've read most of Hickman's work on the Avengers, New Avengers, and the Infinity event. I'm working my way up to the Secret Wars ev
Shawn Birss
Apr 08, 2016 Shawn Birss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace and Elijah give this book five stars!

Grace says:

I like the stretchy man!

Elijah says:

I like it! My favourite chapter was... ALL OF THEM!

Drown Hollum
Apr 29, 2014 Drown Hollum rated it really liked it
Jonathan Hickman goes zero to sixty here in his first run in with Marvel's first family. The ideas are huge and brilliant, immediately sucking anyone with a sci-fi inclination over the event horizon, into new territory for Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben. The first three issues collected here set the stage for some genius stories, and are illustrated by the wonderful Dale Eaglesham. Unfortunately, what follows dampens the mood a bit. Two, clever stand alone stories bridge the gap between the first thr ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Man, where have I been? My local comic book pedaler is a pretty big fan of FF, and I've read a few things here and there along the way, but somehow I missed the Hickman run. Just downright shameful. I'll keep on keepin on with this run cause the good ol public library has the whole stash.
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)

Just started reading Hickman's foray into the Fantastic Four, and if this first arc is any indication of the caliber of work he did with this series, my only question is...

Why did I wait so long to read these?

I will be ordering the rest of the trades imediately after writing this.

Aug 20, 2014 Joshua rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
In the midst of reading a lot, it seems much of it is okay to fair, and it is a great surprise when you run across something that reminds you what really good and great is like. This collection is great. Wonderful characters that drive the plot, which still leaves room for them to have their own little moments. Ever optimistic and brilliant Reed teams up with alternate universe versions of himself to Solve Everything in the first outrageous but completely appropriate to the character story. My f ...more
Matt Sautman
Feb 05, 2016 Matt Sautman rated it really liked it
The philosophical constructs and ideas proposed throughout this graphic novel are incredibly thought provoking. Morality, God, and Utilitarianism play out within Reed Richards and his quest to Solve Everything, a play on Hawkings's Theory of Everything with an interdimensional twist. Hickman highlights the costs that accompany the quest for utopia and raises the possibility that there is a dark undercurrent to the idea of ridding every world of evil. The weaknesses in the graphic novel comes fur ...more
So this is one of the things I don't get about superheroes. Killing is really, really bad and you should never do it (except Galactus, I guess) but somehow mindwiping Doom and turning him into the lamest pokemon ever (standing in a dark room saying 'Doom' over and over) is marginally acceptable. How is that not just as evil, really?

That King of Light guy on Nu-World mostly seems to be naked (totally not surprising because super-powerful dudes hate pants--Dr. Manhattan is not the only one) but th
May 19, 2012 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This real FF sci-fi fun! This is what I excpected from a FF comic. And the character are much better written than the Millar crap.
Feb 10, 2015 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Hickman started a long, epic Fantastic Four run here, with the idea that Reed Richards wants to fix everything and may have the means to do if he joins a band of other Reeds from across the multiverse. He learns over the course of the encounter that he's different from the others. He has a family he needs and depends on.

Not a bad start. There's foreshadowing involving the two children Franklin and Val. A future Franklin gives them a head's up on various problems. And then it ends. Good
Book Info: This collection contains Fantastic Four issues #570-574.

Other Useful Reviews: Steve's review, Sam Quixote's review, and Colin's review


The first three issues form the main arc of this collection, and pick up from where Dark Reign: Fantastic Four left off. In case you didn't read that, here's what you need to know: following the aftermath of the Secret Invasion , Reed Richards has decided to take some time and have a good, hard look at the decisions he's made. Of particular concern
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