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Fantastic Four, Volume 4

(Fantastic Four (1998) #583–588)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,359 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Now joined by artist Steve Epting (Captain America), Jonathan Hichman's tenure on Fantastic Four hits critical mass with"Three!" The War of Four Cities has begun, and when it's run its course, one member of the Fantastic Four will have breathed their last! Change is in the air as the World's Greatest Comic Magazine lives up to its motto!
Collecting: Fantastic Four 583-588.
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published May 11th 2011 by Marvel Comics Group (first published March 2011)
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Dan Schwent
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2012
The Thing becomes human for a week. The Silver Surfer discovers the corpse of the future version of Galactus and comes looking for answers. Valeria makes a deal with Doom. Susan Richards gets caught in a conflict between Namor and the other Atlanteans. The Anti-Priest hatches a scheme that will see one of the Fantastic Four dead...

Over the course of the past three volumes, I've mentioned that while I like Jonathan Hickman's ideas, everything seems like set up. Not so with this one. The foreplay
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Wow! Wow! Hickman wrote the fuck out of this. This is probably his best work ever. I am loving this run! And I am so pissed these omnibuses are unavailable.

Yeah, this is Reed Richard's To Do List:

Invasion from the Negative Zone
Invasion from Universal Inhumans
Celestial Invasion via Bridge
Franklin Power Set
Galactus: Destruction of Earth
Reformation of The Council

So much happens in these six issues. The writing is absolutely incredible. It's fun, highly adventurous, action-packed, beautifully illus
Jesse A
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent volume in a top notch series.
Holy crap, does the shit ever hit the fan in this book. You know all those plotlines that Hickman has been setting up in the previous three (four if you count his Dark Reign volume) books? Well they pretty much all just exploded here, all at once. This is about at action-packed and tense as it gets.

What leads to the well-publicised death of Johnny Storm seems almost incidental - not inevitable, monumental or fitting, but just another series if events that 99.9% of the time leave the FF heroes un
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
Took me a while to get through this one. Honestly, the volume felt a bit too bloated and unfocused with so many crazy cosmic crises on so many fronts, so that when the inevitable big casualty happened it fell a bit flat. On the other hand, the next issue after that, almost entirely silent and dedicated to all the Marvel universe and the remaining members of the F4 family going through grieving, was outstanding and very emotional. And the best part of the entire collection was the final mini-stor ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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James DeSantis
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"So this is it? A Billion to one. You think I'm afraid of that? YOU THINK I'M AFRAID OF THAT!? FLAME ON!!!"

Goddamn goosebumps throughout the later half of this volume.

So this is basically three storylines going on at once. We have Reed dealing with the dead Galactus from a different time period and going with the modern day one to find out what happened. Then we have Sue dealing with the underwater empire, while also dealing with Namor's crazy horny ass. Last but not least we have a breach at
James DeSantis
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"So this is it? A Billion to one. You think I'm afraid of that? YOU THINK I'M AFRAID OF THAT!? FLAME ON!!!"

Goddamn goosebumps throughout the later half of this volume.

So this is basically three storylines going on at once. We have Reed dealing with the dead Galactus from a different time period and going with the modern day one to find out what happened. Then we have Sue dealing with the underwater empire, while also dealing with Namor's crazy horny ass. Last but not least we have a breach at
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
So that's what this was all building up to. And it was a success. It made the climactic event, the one the title and the synopsis refers to, that much more impactful. And there's more than just that one thing. For one, there's Susan just being incredibly cool, in a way that I never really expected the June Cleaver of the Marvel Universe to be. But it does come back eventually to That One Thing. Which, to his credit, Hickman handles with grace as well as a proper sense of importance. The issue fo ...more
Ryan Stemple
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of the Fantastic Four and I've never read them religiously. But for someone who didn't cry at the death of Captain America or Aunt May or Batman or any of the huge comic book character deaths of recent years, the death of Johnny Storm and the writing of the aftermath, the portrayal of Ben Grimm's grief especially, brought me to tears. Jonathan Hickman is a fantastic writer for some other titles I follow, but this may be his masterpiece, at least emotionally, because for the maj ...more
Nicolo Yu
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Hickman's run on Fantastic Four was one of the best comics I've read and it's my ideal modern incarnation of Marvel first family. This hardcover collects one of his best arcs and when I found a copy at a bargain price during Summer Komikon 2014, I didn't hesistate and bought myself copy.

This was the arc that turned the Four into three but started on the road to become much bigger and become a true Future Foundation. Admittedly, Valeria Richards sends a chill up my spine on how she manip

[review for volumes 1-4]
I've not been a huge Hickman fan. I think my first conscious exposure to his writing was Infinity, which seemed unnecessarily confusing. Around the same time, I was struggling with East of West and Manhattan Projects and I realized the connection between the three. His ideas are very high concept, reminiscent of Grant Morrison (who also consistently confuses me), but he isn't able to execute them as successfully as Morrison, who usually manages to balance character devel
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am so incredibly impressed with Hickman's work. After gradually moving all of his chess pieces in the 3 preceding volumes, Hickman goes completely on the attack here, juggling seemingly dozens of storylines all without dropping a single ball. And he does it without sacrificing any of the big ideas he's been so good at generating in the earlier issues of his Fantastic Four run.

I flew through this book. I couldn't wait to pick it up again when I wasn't reading it. The wonderful marriage bet
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Look, I know that superhero "deaths" are always short-lived, and that their main purpose is to attract media coverage and casual readers. But guys, this one really affected me. A lot. The fact that it happens in the middle of a big run instead of as the climax makes it all the more interesting. I can't wait to read what happens next.
William Thomas
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Fantastic Four has been a book that most writers struggle with. Marvel's first family seemed to be a riddle for most writers through the 80's and 90's and rarely did anyone seem to get the book just right. Englehart made radical and completely silly changes, like bringing on Crystal of the Immortals and Ms. Marvel to replace a retired Sue and Reed. Before that we even saw She-Hulk join the team (although I really loved Byrne's work on the book). I just don't understand what was so hard for e ...more
When I read Fantastic Four comics, I always feel like I've tried to join a conversation in another language halfway through a drinks party. This title is the most confusing to me out of pretty much all series (and publishers) that I've read. However, my comic guy suggested I give the Hickman run a serious go, in order, especially since I did enjoy the Secret Wars event in 2015. Confusing or not, this is an interesting storyline and I'm hoping that the pieces start to pull together soon.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two words "Flame on!!"
Somunachi Okee-Aguguo
Wasn't as lost with this volume, which made me enjoy the story more. Very emotionally moving towards the end. Definitely a 3.5 star read.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
OK now THIS is a Volume I can get behind. Some great stories and action here. Galactus and the Silver Surfer, Namor and Sue's oddly weird relationship in the underwater world and Sue's new role there, Reed having to answer to Galactus about his actions and return to fix what short term solutions he posed in Vol. 1 to some issues. This Volume also has some of the most honestly emotional moments in any comic I've read in a while. Involving Ben and Johnny, a miracle for Ben, and how Johnny helps hi ...more
Max Z
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
One of the four will die... Who exactly is revealed by a quote from review on page four. Great job, Marvel.

The worst volume so far from Hickman's run. Steve Epting's art is a bad fit for the story, it's too realistic. The four look like they are Star Trek crew members and it's very jarring compared to before. Plotwise we have cringy genius kids talking to Doom like they're equals, Susan becoming queen of merfolk and some resolution to the Negative Zone plot hook that appeared once somewhere in..
Michael Emond
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Yep - we're here at volume four and while interesting I have to say I am disappointed with Hickman's run. It's all build up, build up, build up but no pay off. So many story lines and worlds to juggle it all gets waaaaay overly confusing. Here's the thing - building up to a big payoff is fine IF the journey along the way is equally interesting. But if it isn't then it is frustrating waiting for something to conclude. I will give him full marks for building the characters of Sue and Reed's childr ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-comics, marvel
I'm going to give this 4 stars based solely on the fact that there is an almost entirely wordless issue towards the end, which is a moving and subtle depiction of shared grief, followed by a moving conversation between Franklin and Spiderman.
Also, they switched artists and I liked the style much better.
There the potential for an interesting political intrigue plot somewhere there, but alas Hickman doesn't actually seem to have any time for his subplots. What a shame, I think Susan and Namor hav
Adam Spanos
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first read the 3rd volume of Hickman's FF run, I was so irritated; it has no ending! There are all these dangling storylines that he's just introduced and hasn't even touched yet. And then I picked up the 4th volume. The recent concept of "writing for the trade" is not what he does. Hickman writes to the medium; well-paced, serialized fiction with well-characterized interactions and exceptionally creative and exciting concepts.
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Hickman pulls it all together for a nice punch here. I've got all the same complaints as the previous volumes, that there are too many plotlines being juggled, but he does pack in lots of cool ideas without losing some emotion.
Garrett Ballendine
That Hickman knows how to write one hell of a closer.
Peter Zackowski
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
part 4 of 5. this volumes rating is derived from my opinion of the story as a whole.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I'm so well against killing major characters but man was this good. Read it.
Jayson Braaten
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to Hickmans FF run and a great build up to Future Foundation. A true to form and refined approach to the Fantastic Four.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great storytelling with intrigue and real heart. I'm loving this run!
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Collects Fantastic Four issues #583-588

Spoiler-free Review:

Long before I picked up my first collection of Hickman’s Fantastic Four, I had heard that one of the members was going to be killed. I even knew which one it would be. This didn’t ruin the experience. It was still a well-told story, and it was actually fun to watch for the signs and foreshadowing before the event happened. Overall, this is another great Fantastic Four collection. This will be the last one I read for a while, because Hick
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