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Fantastic Four, Volume 5

(Fantastic Four (1998) #600–604)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  796 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Earth is under simultaneous attack on multiple fronts. As the Future Foundation and its allies struggle to hold back the Kree Armada, Annihilus' Negative Zone forces prepare to enter our universe through a portal in the Baxter Building. And a fate far worse is coming. If Earth is to be saved, it will take help from Galactus, the return of an old friend, and a miracle.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 25th 2012 by Marvel (first published July 2012)
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Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
I kind of messed up a little bit. I didn't realize that, after volume four, Fantastic Four took a break and switched to FF. So I missed roughly a dozen issues between the last volume I read and this one. In my defense, you'd need to dig more than I imagine most casual readers would bother to to find that out now. Did it matter? In the end, not so much. I was able to understand enough of what happened during that time in order to follow this event. But probably it would have been better if I'd re ...more
James DeSantis
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic.

Every single storyline is building up to this. All the behind scene moments all equal to the end that is coming. However, let's talk about the big return. Johnny Storm is BACK! Yes, from the dead. However, it actually makes freaking sense. Only Hickman can do that. His past and what happened was fucking badass. Then got the invasion coming and everyone is willing to fight back. A unlikely ally shows up and then...the future comes back to help the past.

This is the payoff afte
Oct 24, 2015 rated it liked it
The Kree are invading Earth to annihilate the Inhumans and Annihilus is attempting to invade and take over the Earth as well.

A lot happens here and I honestly hadn't read enough to know why all this was going on. I followed the Inhumans storyline into this volume. This volume was the typical crossover which features a ton of characters and major battles. Some very unexpected events take place is the most I can say.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
That’s more like it! Hickman pulls all of his multiple cosmic plots together into one big thing, and the result is appropriately epic and impressive. It reminded me a lot of Infinity, Hickman’s Marvel event that came a few years after the Fantastic Four (although Infinity was much better, in my opinion). This volume feels too final, though — it could have been a perfect ending to the run. So how come there are three more books after that? Let’s find out, I guess.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
OK Hickman, your convoluted and cosmos-spanning storylines finally come to a head here. It was just about worth all the headaches so that I knew what the F*** was going on.

There were quite a few HOLY S*** moments, when I was actually like:


I feel like a lot of people don't like Hickman because he operates on a cosmic scale, multiverses, layered stories that take a while for the payoff, and I'm
Summary: blew the back of my head off.

This is (a) a simultaneous read of FF volume 3 and Fantastic Four volume 5, and (b) a late BuddyRead of Foursome Week with my pleasingly weird Shallow Comics Readers.

So I'm trying to read the Hickman from start to finish, because God help me the last time I tried to get through his run on the FF-verse, I lost interest - despite Doom, evil Reed Richardses, super-intelligent kids and lots of major courtly...courtliness. Yeah, I think it's that las
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is nearly a perfect comic book. Hickman has been laying the groundwork for this finale for dozens of issues, and now everything culminates in a huge, glorious fight that never feels like just a fight. It feels important and connected, because every single detail has been planned and executed by a master writer. This is one of my favorite comics I've ever read, hands down.

I will say, it will probably only feel that way to someone who's been reading all of Hickman's FF stuff up un
Adam Spanos
While this isn't Jonathan Hickman's last story on Fantastic Four it is the culmination of years of story telling and plot lines that he's laid out. Almost all of the threats that he's laid before the F4 since volume one come together to created a threat not only to the team itself but to the entire city of New York and possibly the planet. This volume is probably one of the most epic Marvel events even though it was not marketed as one and was contained within Fantastic Four and FF. Between the ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing!! Back to Hickman best. So much going on but so enjoyable. The negative zone story was amazing. The action great and the twists just so Hickman.
Holy buckets. Ok, as I probably mentioned in a previous review, I've never been one for the family of fantasticalness. But this. Wow. My jaw literally dropped and I had to put the book down for a minute at one point. I sat there staring at my cat, jaw still hanging, mind totally blown, wondering how in the seven hells Hickman came up with this. It shouldn't work. Only it does. It works so. Fucking. Well.

I do think that being able to read this in one go (or three, given my need to go to work and slee
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! Wow! Amazing! I just had my mind blown by a comic book for the first time in, like, forever. This was a truly awesome collection and amazing conclusion to the storyline that Hickman set up so carefully throughout his run on the title. The "war of the four cities" comes to a conclusion that's not quite what you might have expected, but much more significant. This is cosmic storytelling done right (and I'm usually not a fan of the cosmic books from either Marvel or DC). Great storytelling an ...more
William Thomas
This is the greatest Fantastic Four story that has ever been published. I can't stress enough how perfect it is. I can't even review it, don't want to. You just have to read it. I cried it was so damn good. Jesus, I literally cried.
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collects Fantastic Four issues #600-604

This is one of the best modern Marvel stories I've ever read, but be warned that you can't start with this volume. There is a lot to read before you can appreciate what happens in this book. In fact, I don't believe you could read this book, and fully understand all the intricacies of what is happening. Before reading this, you need to read the following collected editions:

Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four (by Hickman) v
Michael Emond
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
So yeah - in between volume 4 and 5 there was a run called FF (with Spider-Man taking the place of the temporarily dead Human Torch - not a spoiler since nobody ever stays dead in Marvel these days) and I didn't read it because my library doesn't have them. No worries - we seem to pick up where we left off with the build up build up build up finally starting to kinda pay off?

I'll rate it three stars but this was NOT my cup of tea. Why? Well, like a big summer blockbuster it was all BAM BOOM! Ex
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't imagine the stress of coming up with the story for issue #600 of a series. That's incredible to be put in that position.

Still, Hickman over performed and made a great read. Tons happened that were enjoyable, though I could tell there were other series out there tie-ing into this. Wonder how to figure out what that was.

And the whole Frank/Galactus page. Wow. Wow. I love comics for this very reason.

The whole series explodes with joy.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Looking all those praising comments on this one.... I think I missed something. I think I read something else than what I read.
Torch is back from the grave (so surprising), cosmic shit happens, loads of fighting and everybody is friends again. When I read this the first time when this came out, my feelings were the same. It all just felt pointless. It still does.
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Seriously. I've never been a fan of the Fantastic Four. I always found them dull and repetitive, yet this run had me entirely captivated. I just had to keep going.
Kudos to Hickman for such a wonderful work.
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This may have just become my favorite comic book ever Jonathan hickman is a genius this ties everything up that has been built through his entire run and its magnificent. You have to read it in the right order and along with FF to fully understand everything but man its worth it.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019-comics, marvel
So much fighting. So many green bugs. Big space battle. Also, the story is not continuous between volumes so I'm always missing out on stuff but I don't care enough to hunt down the missing parts. Pfff....
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Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it. I knew I would because I like the movies.
Somunachi Okee-Aguguo
Finally everything made sense. Such a great volume, a lot of stuff packed into it. Definitely made me reading everything else worth it.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm not going to pretend that I can ignore the discussions here about Hickman's current Avengers run, especially as I am pretty much in agreement with much of what has been said. There is a part of me that thinks someone at Marvel said while reading his FF and Fantastic Four work, "Lets give him all of the Avengers titles and see what he can do. Better yet, we'll just let him do what he wants."

I think he had a better grasp of what to do with the FF though. He has the characterization
Drown Hollum
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero
The was phenomenal. Absolutely everything there is to love about Hickman's interpretation of the Fantastic Four is summed up right here in this volume. A massive battle is handled perfectly across this thick collection, with the whole Marvel U there to support a barrage of heavy emotional blows. The scale is huge, the consequences dire, and the feelings are absolutely exhausting. The supporting artists include some guest appearances from Carmine Di Giandomencio, Ming Doyle, Francis Lenil Yu and ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Marvel comics fans!
Jonathan Hickman's ideas are pretty over the top. Sometimes it hits, sometimes it misses. Here, its a huge hit. There is a lot going on, at times too much, but overall Hickman reigns it in and tells an epic story. The collection is big due to the monstrous issue #600 which had some superfluous moments. The art in that chapter also did not mesh with the rest of the collection. Alternate realities, time travel, godlike battles, etc. This book has all this and more. Overall, a very nice ending to a ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, comics
So EPIC! After the first volume I became an instant fan of Fantastic Four but this volume was the icing on the cake. Everything Hickman has built up to in his work on Fantastic Four and FF come to a head in this volume and man was it so good. If you aren't a Fantastic Four fan, read Hickman's run on Fantastic Four, no worries if you stop after this volume since is slows down a bit afterwards. If you are a Fantastic Four fan, shame on you if you haven't read this.
Shannon Appelcline
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
This is the epic that Hickman has been building his whole run toward. I thought the 600th issue that leads things off dragged a bit. As is often the case, the comic wasn't helped by longer page count. However from there it kept trending upward, as we get more and more things from the run rolled together. It was perhaps wasn't up to the height of the run, but it was still a strong conclusion of the major plot strands.
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I totally agree Jonathan Hickman has been a capable and worthy writer of this title, but I haven't liked his Fantastic Four stories as much as his volume one story until now. Volume 5 has two terrific collaborating storytellers: Steve Epting (sorely missed from Captain America, which hasn't been as interesting since he left)and Barry Kitson. Their combined efforts demonstrate to readers how high the stakes were with intense action.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
It's the culmination of the story Hickman has been building throughout his run, but the scale is almost too big to connect with as all sorts of cosmic characters show up for their moment onscreen. The pace is frenzied, and the ultimate existential threat is countered by a deus ex machina from the future. Especially in the context of the Marvel Universe, it's hard to believe any of this matters, even as it's happening.
Mathew Carruthers
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've never read much Fantastic Four, but this was recommended to me at the local library - must say, I am not disappointed. Truly outstanding story and solid artwork. That being said, I don't know that it's enough to make me plow through decades of back issues to fill in my knowledge gaps (which are sizeable) on FF canon.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Really cool conclusion to an excellent arc. If felt like I was missing a little moving from the fourth volume to this one (it starts in the middle of a Kree invasion I hadn't seen coming) and it turns out I was (Future Foundation covers a lot of that as well as the whole "All hope lies in Doom" story), but it still made sense. Franklin Richards is pretty dang awesome too.
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