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Fantastic Four: The End

(Fantastic Four: Miniseries)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  702 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Alan Davis writes and pencils the final story of Marvel's first family Even the strongest family can be torn apart by tragedy - and in the futuristic world of tomorrow, the members of the once-Fantastic Four are divided and vulnerable to opponents from their past. What events could have caused the FF to go their separate ways, and how does their disbanding set the stage fo ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 13th 2007 by Marvel (first published 2007)
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Quentin Wallace
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let's begin by pointing out the title is very misleading. "The End" was a series of Marvel one shots and limited series that supposedly tell the very last adventure of their heroes. Well, in this case, not only does it not seem like the last adventure, it actually ends on a cliffhanger that seems to indicate this was anything but THE END.

Now, that being said, this was an enjoyable series with beautiful art. I've always been a fan of Alan Davis and Mark Farmer's art, and they are at their best wi
Sean Polite
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantastic Four fans, Lovers of Alan Davis ("Excalibur") art/writing
Another addition to Marvel's "The End" series of flagship titles, the story focuses on an event in the past that splinters the harmony of Marvel's First Family of Superheroes (underlying a villainous scheme, as always). The main characters (Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing, Human Torch) are played up to their synching strengths and weaknesses (For example: No matter how many times its redone, Reed's obsession with research/problem solving and resulting isolatory nature gives Mr. Fantastic a ...more
Neil McCrea
Marvel created a series of mini-series detailing "The End", or final story for each of their major characters and super teams. For the most part these final stories are grim and dismal affairs, but Davis' take on the end of the Fantastic Four is refreshingly optimistic, hopeful and full of wonder.

The plot of the graphic novel is entirely overwhelmed by fan service. Davis manages to cram every enemy, ally and major FF plot point into one very busy storyline. The narrative skeleton is just not str
One Flew
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this future vision of the Fantastic Four. Richards was always considered the smartest man in the Marvel Universe but never actually seemed to acheive that much, Davis shows a future without Doom or family constraints to hold Reed back. I like the way Davis ties together so much of the FF mythos, along with a lot of the other Avengers crowd. Despite the fact that the ending itself was average if not outright bad, overall I loved it.
Aaron Ambrose
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
So complicated. Isn't there a simpler way to deliver all these superhero cliches? I love these characters. I don't love overblown retreads like this.
Todd Glaeser
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Davis is completely underrated! If this WAS the last story, that would be fine with me. But that last page...
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
People seem to have hugely mixed opinions on Alan Davis, but I've always loved his work and I'm happy to say that this story is one of my favourites. Set in the distant future, it tells the final story of the Fantastic Four.

Except it sort of doesn't.

The FF aren't and will never be my favourites, but Davis brings them to life here. Johnny and Ben have moved on, building new lives after the team's disbanding (Ben has three children with his old girlfriend Alicia Masters and lives on Mars, while Jo
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I have a confession to make. I'm obsessed with the Fantastic Four, especially when it comes to "What If?" stories featuring different iterations and permutations of the Foursome (or sometimes Fivesome). So when I saw this at Half Price Books for only 5 bucks, I immediately snapped it up.

Oops. Turned out not to be that good. I was expecting this book to be about the team's interaction in their final days, but the FF are not all together until the last 5 pages of the book. For the majority of the
20 years after the death of Reed and Sue's children in a FF Fight, we find that the Fantastic Four have split up. Johnny and Ben have moved on, building new lives - Ben has three children with Alicia Masters and lives on Mars, while Johnny has become the leader of the Avengers. Reed and Sue are not longer talking to each other and both are losing themselves in work.

The plot is fairly forgettable - aliens attacking from outside and within. All the classic villains are there, such as Annihilus, an
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a bit different from other "The End" stories in that it's really a new beginning (or could be), which I guess fits the tone of a lot of FF stories. It focuses on a future Fantastic Four that has been splintered apart coming back together from their own adventures to become a group again. It deals pretty realistically with how the characters might react to the triggering event, and brings in an awful lot of characters beyond the Fantastic Four, with particular emphasis on characters that ...more
Phillip Berrie
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
The story should probably be 3.5 stars.

There's an interesting story here but it is almost lost amongst the apparent necessity to show all the Marvel heroes and the FF's major foes in a future where few of them have changed much at all—and really, what are the chances of that, despite the intervention of a Reed Richard's invented Methuselah treatment.

Still, having said that, there were some interesting character interactions explored between a few of the non-FF characters and I did appreciate a
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Marvel's series imprint "The End" is interesting. It allows various comics artists and writers to offer up out of continuity stories that supposedly are the last ones of the character or group in question. I have previously read both the three volume X-Men: The End and Wolverine: The End, both of which, while in their own right enjoyable reads, left me feeling a bit cheated out of possibly better stories. With Alan Davis' Fantastic Four: The End, however, that is definitely not the case.

Davis de
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
An enormous love letter to Stan and Jack's FF stories, as we take a big jump into the future and see what may be the very last Fantastic Four Adventure.
The four have split, but while they seem to be living seperate lives, various threadsare slowly starting to bring therm back together for a story that will span the galaxy and include practically everybody that ever showed up in a Fantastic Four comic.
Alan Davis does an amazing juggling act of big cosmic stuff and small emotional moments. The wr
Jon Arnold
One of Marvel’s series which imagined how the final story of their major heroes might look. The End imagines the Fantastic Four having created a close to utopian future for the human race, but one which is under threat from external foes and unresolved issues. Maximum points to Davis for steering away from the gloomy nature a final story seems to naturally induce in comic writers, and also for concocting a storyline which providing appearances for many of the significant friends and foes of the ...more
Johnny Andrews
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jamie Sigal
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A great FF story that hits on almost all the important characters in their illustrious history, I really enjoyed this The End story. It held true to what makes the FF the greatest comics magazine of all time in that their love for each other and the Richards Family Values are at the core of the tale and instrumental in saving the day. Not the best FF story I've ever read, but it was certainly a good one.
Of all of Marvel's "The End" mini-series from a few years back, this is the only one that I enjoyed. It's respectful of past creators & it's optimistic, which befits the titular characters. The only thing that didn't ring right for me was the Human Torch becoming the leader of the Avengers; member, no problem, but I've a hard time swallowing Johnny as a leader. Highly recommended work and among Davis & Farmer's best collaborations.
Lawrence Kapture
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This was a fun, optimistic read of the Superhero alternate future genre. If you are not a comics nerd, it's not a good intro to comics. If you are, there are lots of guest shots from rarely seen characters like Ultron and the High Evolutionary. I liked the Kirby-esque sequences with tons of cool aliens, spaceships, and Inhumans. The plot and dialog were upbeat despite a serious undertone, and the action sequences moved you right along. A good short read for Marvel Comics fans old or new.
Bryson McCheeseburger
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Pretty good, but I was expecting it to tie more into the Marvel The End series I just finished, but really, with a different title I think it would just be another F4 arc. Interesting twist to a few of the characters, and although the ending was a little too weak and fairy tale like, I do love that last page. I need to now find out if there is a continuation somewhere of that part of the story. All in all, not too bad.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
As part of my effort to search out great comic artists, I gave this collection a try. While I did like Alan Davis' art work, it did not overcome a pretty weak overall story. Although I have a fondness for many of the characters involved, I just did not get caught up in this story taking place in the future of the Marvel universe.
Dec 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Being somewhat new to the Graphic Novel world, I found this to be a bit confusing to jump in to , being as I didn't know any of the FF history. However, I was able to piece most of it together and enjoyed the stories quite a bit. These stories feel SO much more alive and sophisticated than the cheesy FF movies, which have always been a bit of a disappointment.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this a lot, even if it didn't actually fully live up to its early promise. The art by Alan Davis was superb, as always, and some of the themes and ideas were well done. The story, ultimately, was slight, but with the amount of characters crammed in, thats to be expected I guess.
Fun read, and I would recommend, but not something to come back over and again.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Set in the future, Reed Richard's utopian society is threatened by unknown forces.

Decent story but includes art that feels dated.
An odd choice for a story set in the future.

Almost everyone in the Fantastic Four storyline appears in this book.

Learning Curve
High: Even fans might be confused. Many un-introduced characters.
Holden Attradies
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A pretty cool "What If?" for the future of not just the FF but the whole Marvel Universe. I like the premise, what do super heroes do when there aren't any super villains left? the theme of a family moving apart over time and after a tragedy was well done to. Super heroes so rarely get to advance and age, it was nice seeing it done even if just as a one off thing.
May 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel, kirbytech
I'd never really noticed the Kirbyisms in Alan Davis's work before (though what could bring out the Kirby in you more than the Fantastic Four I don't know) but I really liked his style here, which hit some Steve Rude notes as well.
Mike Thomas
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great read, a top story to end the series, or is it the beginning? Featuring almost every major character from the marvel universe, well drawn and well written, a great story with an excellent ending, well recommended.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
the fact that the fantastic four isnt my favourites is the reason why i didnt like this one, the story isnt inspiring or even remotly aweable, a mere story that have been told millions of times ago is yet again written here and then a happy ending contradict with the whole (THE END) theme
May 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the future Earth is on the verge of Utopia-all it cost the Fantastic Four was their team. Now enemies from around the universe gather and Fantastic Four must must reunite to fight for the ulimate stakes....
May 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Enjoyed this to a degree - it was a fun story, although pretty hard to follow at points. The artwork was great, but really the whole thing felt a bit throwaway and lightweight. Good distraction for an hour or so.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-and-manga
3,5 stars.
It's an enjoyable and fun read, but it does get pretty convoluted and inconsistent at times.
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Alan Davis is an English writer and artist of comic books, known for his work on titles such as Captain Britain, The Uncanny X-Men, ClanDestine, Excalibur, JLA: The Nail and JLA: Another Nail and others.

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