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Fantastic Four, Volume 6

(Fantastic Four (1998) #605–611, 605.1)

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Jonathan Hickman's groundbreaking run comes to an explosive end! First, explore the future and the past: Witness the Fantastic Four of the year 3030, and learn the secret history of Marvel's first family! Then, follow the team on a journey through an alien landscape as a life hangs in the balance! And when the fallout from the Kree-Inhuman war threatens galactic peace, how ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Marvel
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Sesana
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
While reading this, I kind of got the impression that Hickman had actually done everything he needed to do in the last volume, and that the issues in this volume were merely fulfilling contractual obligations. Because it's really all over the place, random stories that don't connect and, for the most part, don't even serve to bring his run to a close.

That said, if you pick up this volume and only read the first story, just literally put the book down and walk away once it's over, then it will b
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Artemy
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel, comics
And this is it, the final volume of Hickman's Fantastic Four run. I realised too late that the last two volumes of FF should be read together with the last two volumes of F4, switching from one trade to the other every issue, so I probably missed something here and there. Still, just like the final volume of FF, this one consists of mostly standalone one-shots or two-parters, and they're are all good. There was no endgame, though — Hickman's actual story ended with Fantastic Four volume 5, so th ...more
James DeSantis
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
After two amazing volumes we leave off Hickman's run on a "good" note.

A lot of these stories are building up for the future. One big one is Wakanda visit from Reed and family and Black Panther becoming the king of the dead. This becomes a big moment for the New Avengers run later for Hickman. The other stories wage from saving a loved one to fighting doom, to learning a alternate reality that went really bad, and more. It's a big volume with tons of stuff to chew on.

While there's a lot of cont
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Jesse A
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
An entertaining volume that had little to do with the rest of the story. This gets 4 stars for the first 2 volumes alone.
Mike
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: oh-well-onwards
Wistful opener with a little father/son time travel expedition (like you do when you're a Richards). Then an alternate universe origin story (that wraps back around to the Council at Hickman's beginning), then a weird off-shoot of exploring a giant immune system...

Finally a storyline with some legs emerges: adventures in Wakanda, with the Black Panther. Unfortunately, it's more "African mythology", by which we go back to Egyptian gods (as if that's the only ancient African culture we white men c
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Gavin
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I think the best way to describe the final volume of this collection would be disjointed. It's all over the place, trying to do way too many things at once, and none of the stories flow. It really is a bunch of individual issues tied together because they were all published in the same 6 months.

There's good stories, boring ones, some interesting ideas, and some very touching ones.

Feels like this just got thrown together, or Hickman just had a bunch of ideas he wasn't done with.

1)Reed and Nathani
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RG
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alot of tying up loose ends. Nothing will compare to the previous volume.
Aaron
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
A really wonderful, fitting end to Jonathan Hickman's amazing run on Fantastic Four. The real climax of his run occurs in Volume 5, so Volume 6 ends up being mostly one-offs that tie-in or wrap-up a few loose threads, none of which necessarily needed to be wrapped up, but which offer some great great opportunities for levity after the heavy, mind-bendy stuff Hickman's been doing since he took over. Not to mention the fact that Hickman is very clearly setting up something much larger (which we no ...more
Sina Tavoosi
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
I think Hickman's run should have ended when his story ended in his usual epic way. All the "epilogue" issues, while still showing some quality of writing, were unnecessarily drawn out and I just wanted to be over. Still, I liked his emphasis on the "family" aspect of the Fantastic Four. All these genius children. and their future selves, gave me a warm feeling.
Matt
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Collects Fantastic Four issues #605-611, and #605.1

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) volumes 1-4
FF (by H
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Michael Emond
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I don't know why I had hope I would like this. I think it is because so many people whom I respect and love comics loved this run and I REALLY wanted to share their love. But, as with all of his run Hickman didn't deliver for me. It started off with two lice stories that felt very Slott-like to me. Sweet tales that were enjoyable. One where Reed Richards time travels and looks at the Thing ageing and living to 2000 years old. It ends with them sharing a beer in the present day. Very sweet. It ma ...more
Adam Spanos
Hickman's ideas are always huge, sometimes too huge for my simple mind to comprehend. That being said, this collection isn't brought down by that but actually not collecting it with its spinoff series, FF which is needed to get a complete story. What we do get Hickman emptying the cabinet when it comes to his FF ideas (I'm sure not completely) and most of it is a treat. The Point One issue is great and almost be better as an entire limited series. That's also the case for the team's trip to Waka ...more
Doctor Doom
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Uncle Doom"? Really? Well, I guess that shows how long it's been since I had read some FF stories. I started reading them in the '60s and read well up into the '70s so I know the characters well. Hit and miss from then on though I have picked up a few here and there.
Even without a total understanding of some of their more current exploits this book captured much of the original flavor of the FF and I thoroughly enjoyed it. These particular stories seem to deal primarily with Reed Richards and t
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Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Jonathan Hickman's run on this book was simply amazing. He took over a spent concept and made it fresh again. The previous volumes of his saga are some if the best comic books I've read, but this last volume lacked the cohesion and devotion the previous stories had. It just went with the momentum as it died away.
This was not the best part of the story, but it doesn't take away how good it was before this point.
Akkisuitok
Jan 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019-comics, marvel
I guess it's over now. I still don't understand why everyone loves this run so much. There were some interesting ideas there, and occasionally the writing was excellent, but overall neither the storyline nor the themes really convinced me.
Also, I'm really annoyed at the whole "let's imagine our superheroes as Nazis" storyline in here. Reminds me too much of recent Hydra!Steve things, and it's just distasteful and unnecessary.
Sans
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of the "wow" factor was gone, but not much. I like watching some new story lines get seeded and seeing some come to their non-world ending conclusions. I sighed when I finished this, then had a little cry reading Hickman's final letter for the series. Really well rounded story, highly recommend his run in Fantastic Four and FF.
Somunachi Okee-Aguguo
*3.5. Honestly the only reason it’s a 3.5 is because of the story of black panther and wakanda. It’s not a terrible volume but honestly all the stories didn’t feel coherent and I was confused as to why they were relevant. I was honestly confused, felt like such an odd way to end a run. Ultimately it might just be the writing style of Hickman. Not the strongest conclusion but nit the worst either.
Timo
Sep 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
Ok ok ok.... I give up with Hickman's run of Fantastic Four. I must be outsider on this one also because everybody else seem to love this run. To me this is just way too much pseudo-science. And boring.
But art is good almost all the way through.
James
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-marvel, comicbooks
I really liked Doom's creation story.
Daniel
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The last volume of FF is stronger than this, but they're an intertwined par at this point, and this one is pretty good regardless.
Anthony Murray
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic Though The End!

I like this book. In the book, there would some foreshadowing events that would lead to the events of Avengers Vs. X-Men and Hickman's run on New Avengers!
Maya Senen
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Almost have to give this a five- purely for #605 alone. We see Ben Grimm through hundreds of years and it is beautifully done. Shoot!
Sean
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: FF fans
Hickman's ideas are always huge, sometimes too huge for my simple mind to comprehend. That being said, this collection isn't brought down by that but actually not collecting it with its spinoff series, FF which is needed to get a complete story. What we do get Hickman emptying the cabinet when it comes to his FF ideas (I'm sure not completely) and most of it is a treat. The Point One issue is great and almost be better as an entire limited series. That's also the case for the team's trip to Waka ...more
Anchorpete
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A few years back, Marvel had this really embarrassing spread, featuring its top creators. They labelled them the Architects of Marvel. I think today, there are three Marvel Architects. Everyone else has either jumped ship, or they follow the blueprints these guys generate- Jonathan Hickman, Rick Remender and Brian Michael Bendis. Between the three of them, they have carved up the Marvel Universe, broken down all of the characters we loved, and then came up with elaborate cosmic ideas for why the ...more
Alan
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about Hickman's final stories in this collection is that he plays around a little more with the FF's role as Marvel's first family. In some ways, more importantly, he resurrects the Black Panther and his nation of Wakanda.

Look, Reginald Hudlin's first volume of the Black Panther kept a lot of what Christopher Priest had done. T'Challa and his ancestors were warrior-kings and their country remained separated from the world for its own reasons. Jonthan Maberry later essentially neuter
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Alex Sarll
His grand epic concluded, Hickman is free to tell shorter stories in his final volume, but if anything they're even more epic. I'm an absolute sucker for stories where superheroes see their legacy centuries hence, and that's how this opens. It then goes on to take in Nazi alternate universe superheroes, Egyptian undead*, Galactus' corpse repurposed as a spaceship...all the good stuff. There's even an issue where Doctor Doom creates the universe ("I was a god, Valeria. I found it...beneath me"). ...more
Drown Hollum
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero
Things were more or less wrapped up in volume 5 of Hickman's Fantastic Four, and what was left for this trade was a lot of mopping up. What resulted though, were a series of meaningful stories, each complete with the haunting echos of Hickaman's stamp on the Marvel U. We see far into the FF's future, Ted Castle and co. go home, we learn the history of one of the most interesting alternate Reeds, we see Black Panther's return to power, resolve the opening Wizard story, and see Doom as a god. Thes ...more
James
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was always less satisfied with the Fantastic Four side of Hickman's run, as the iconic characters seemed to box him in, preventing the playfulness and growth shown in the FF series in parallel. Reed, Sue, the Thing and Johnny just seem to be taken too seriously (well, maybe not Johnny), and that continues here.

We have a Nu-World wrap-up (I never quite understood what was going on there), a trip into Wakanda and some bits and ends with Valeria, who I never enjoyed too much. On the whole, this
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Shannon Appelcline
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
A shockingly mediocre volume. Hickman mostly spins his wheels, and thus we get bad issues like the Fantastic Voyage rip-off (606), a dull trip to Wakanda (607-608) and a really pointless history of an alternate Reed (605). It also feels like Hickman spends too much time closing up all the little plot threads like nuEarth and the Council, so that the next author has a fresh slate.

With that said, there's a couple of really good issues: the future history of Ben (605.1) and the return of Doom (611)
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Joshua
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A kind of postlude to Hickman's really incredible run on Fantastic Four. It sets that stage for more to come (not sure that those are picked up by the next writer). As such it's not one story line, but a lot of self contained moments (most of which are cool on their own, like Reed travelling to the future one millennium at a time only to realize he should come back to the present and spend time with people while he can).
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