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FF, Vol. 1: Fantastic Faux (Fantastic Four, by Matt Fraction #2)

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The Fantastic Four have formed a new team to guard the planet, and their wards in the Future Foundation, while they're on an interdimensional journey: Scott Lang, the incredible Ant-Man, Jen Walters, the gamma-spawned She-Hulk, Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans and Ms Thing.

But how does the world respond when this new FF making its public debut; how do the future Foundation k
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Marvel (first published November 28th 2012)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 15, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016, 2016-comics
The new FF are struggling to hold down the fort. Bentley gets up to some mischief. The future Human Torch awakens and the future he's predicted draws nearer.

Ant-Man and company continue trying to fill the shoes of the Fantastic Four and go up against a leviathan, The Wizard, Blastaar, and The Inhumans but their biggest enemies seem to be themselves.

That might be stretching it a little but Matt Fraction and Mike Allred have created a throwback to the Fantastic Four of the 1960's, a bickering team
Jul 24, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
I don’t read the Fantastic Four much anymore (my library doesn’t have it), so I had all sorts of questions when I started reading this:

When did they start a school/daycare at the Baxter Building?

Moloids? One just a sentient head in a jar? Atlanteans? Some bad guy progeny? Artie and Leech, who haven’t aged a day in 40 years of continuity?

Doombot H.E.R.B.I.E.S. ? Kneel before Doom. Ha!

When did Dragon Man become a good guy? He had an obsession with the Sue Storm that almost turned into monster porn
I'm all by myself here, because everyone else seems to think it was great, but I absolutely hated this.
I thought it was silly and boring.
To me, it felt like the story jumped from one goofy plotline to another with lightning speed.
Johnny's back...maybe. And he wants to kill Doom!
dramatic music swells
Hang on! She-Hulk is going on a date! The moloid kids are in love with her, so they want to ruin it. But they end up making it better on accident!
insert canned laughter here
Johnny's burning everything
Sam Quixote
Jan 16, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
With the Fantastic Four on their great space adventure, the FF have stayed behind to look after Earth in their stead. The FF, or Future Foundation, are: Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Medusa, Queen on the Inhumans, Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk, and Darla Deering aka Ms. Thing. In this first FF-only volume (the first three issues of Marvel NOW! FF were collected together with the first three issues of Fantastic Four), She Hulk goes on a date with old flame Wyatt Wingfoot; Johnny Storm from the future w ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
It might have been a mistake for me to read this. I don't mean that as any value judgement on the book itself. I just know so little about these characters and this setting that I was lost through most of the book. The Fantastic Four have never been appealing to me, and so I was trying to catch up on the background that I needed as I read. Take my advice, and don't try to jump on here.

But that has nothing to do with the quality of the work. Fraction is a great writer, and I can see that he's do
Nicolo Yu
Dec 17, 2015 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it
Shelves: collected-comics
I miss Jonathan Hickman's FF but Michael Allred on art gave me a whole new reason to pick this up. I have the first 10 issues on singles and I had little hesitation double-dipping with this trade.

To Fraction's credit, he does not ape Hickman but has a whole new approach to the title. He maintained the family dynamic, even with new characters that were substituting for the missing F4. FF is still a school, but I couldn't feel it. Antman and company does not carry any academic gravitas.
Chris Lemmerman
Aug 02, 2013 Chris Lemmerman rated it it was amazing
First off, can I just say that Fantastic Faux is a superb title?

Now, onto the rest of the book. Always zany and often heartfelt, FF is about family at heart, and yet there's still time for superheroics, subplots galore, and the always brilliant art from Mike Allred and Joe Quinones.

Where Fantastic Four is more straightforward, FF is always doing something crazy, and the plot is as unpredictable as it is awesome. A fun read from start to oh-so-tantalizing end.
Jun 05, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it
Well, I liked the art. It was fun and whimsical.

The story was all over the place, but then again, that's the FF, so no big surprise.

Old John Storm, the Blue one-eyed man from the future is here, and I'm trying to recall what book he showed up in before this one...anyhow.

I actually enjoyed the Future Foundation kids here. Usually I despise them.

Bentley trying to embrace his inner super villain with hilarious results, the mole boys having a crush on She Hulk, and one of the kids deciding to wear a
Sep 25, 2014 Nikki rated it it was ok
I think this one definitely requires more background. It might be volume #1 of the FF Marvel Now books, but it clearly follows an ongoing story involving the Fantastic Four and... possibly a lot of other people? I had no idea who a lot of these people were, other than Johnny Storm and Scott Lang. (Where does that fit with Young Avengers? Isn't he Cassie's dad, and isn't he dead? Or did he come back amidst the timeline crossing?)

Anyway, there were fun aspects to this -- the line "All of you pale
Jun 17, 2016 Bill rated it liked it
There are some very awesome parts in this volume, many of which are extra special for long-time readers of the Fantastic Four and fans of their supporting cast. The high point for me was She-hulk's date (or dinner-with-an-old-friend, as she explains it to the Future Foundation kids) with Wyatt Wingfoot, where they actually talk about their feelings for each other -- making their on-and-off relationship suddenly make a lot of sense, not just like the whim of various writers over the years. Other ...more
May 01, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it
I really don't care about the "plot". I just want to see the kids be tiny evil geniuses, and then realize that it may be more fun to just go peacefully home and try on dresses/breathe fire/the ushe.
'kris Pung
Oct 28, 2013 'kris Pung rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-own
Wow Matt Fraction is just killing it with all his Marvel Now books.
Holden Attradies
Aug 10, 2013 Holden Attradies rated it it was amazing
I mistakenly went into this book thinking it was the beginning of a new series (The "vol 1" on the cover I think being a big part of that). It's not, issues #1-3 are included elsewhere so I was initially pretty confused as to what was going on. Where was the real FF, why were these people put in charge of the Future Foundation and how did they get there? Also, who the fuck are some of them? None of that is really here, although by the end I had figured some of it out. Hopefully when I get a hold ...more
Kevin Wright
Sep 10, 2013 Kevin Wright rated it liked it
Back in the day, Stan Lee tried in vain to get everyone in his bullpen to draw like Jack Kirby. These days, I wish everyone drew like Mike Allred. His kinetic energy, pop art influences, and infectious sense of fun always make for light-hearted, visually interesting, and deeply satisfying reads. I love the Wyatt Wingfoot-She-Hulk date in issue #4 and would love to have a poster of their dance sequence. Fraction injects the dialogue with humor and balances the fun with some serious character mome ...more
Aug 01, 2013 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints FF (2) #4-8 (April 2013-August 2013). The Fantastic Four are gone and Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk, and Ms. Thing are trying to keep the Future Foundation running as they protect the Earth. As Scott butts heads with Alex Powers over his practices, something appears to be wrong with Medusa. Medusa finds herself in line with her old allies the Wizard and Blastaar as the fate of Bentley-23 hangs in the balance along with the rest of the FF.

Written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Mike Allr
Aug 01, 2013 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
I had high expectations of this book. I'm very pleased to see Mike Allred back in a monthly super-hero book. But after the mind-blowing highs of J. Hickman's FF run, there's really no where to go but down. The surprising bit is how far down the quality has fallen. Fraction (generally a terrible writer) is at his worst here. The script is so rough is often barely makes sense, as if the book were just mumbling along with out clear diction. Fraction appears not to be writing per word, but the exact ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Renata rated it really liked it
I thought I read this before but maybe I only read single issues? Or more likely, just a lot of random panels from it on Tumblr.

Anyway, it's really cute and fun, hooray!
Elijah Kinch Spector
This is just great. The Fantastic Four are going on a long trip through time and space, but they'll only (supposedly) be gone from Earth for four minutes. In a great bit of Reed Richards logic, they still need to pick replacements, in case something happens in those four minutes.

Look, one of these replacements is a young starlet who was dating the Human Torch, because he forgot to pick someone. She puts on a Thing exoskeleton and is called Miss Thing. If this sounds as great to you as it does to
Christina Azzo
Feb 24, 2015 Christina Azzo rated it it was amazing
I never thought I could love a Fantastic Four book so much!!! They let She-Hulk be her awesome and very lovable self. Scott Lang comes off very tortured in this, but way more likable than in other stuff I read him in. Darla Deering/ Ms.Thing adds some good fun to the book along with crazy old man, John Storm. The Future Foundation kids are great too. I usually find kids in these kind of stories to drag a comic down, but not here at all. They are diverse, fun, funny and bring a ton of heart to th ...more
Matt Anderson
The story within this volume can best be described as lackluster. The biggest thing that makes me enjoy this book is Michael Allred's awesome interior artwork.

Overall, I liked Scott Lang as the leader of this group, but Fraction is walking a fine line as he write Lang in a way where the students aren't supposed to be taking to him. If Fraction goes to much further with this, I could see the audience being turned off by Scott Lang as well.


-The Wizard is depicted totally
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jul 13, 2015 Gayle Francis Moffet rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2015, july-2015
Please note: I have read issues 1-3, but I read this whole run in singles and am not going to suddenly start the companion book because Marvel bundled the first trade while drunk.

I really like the premise of this story. The Fantastic Four are headed into an alternate dimension or subspace or something Fantastic Four-y, and they plan to be gone for only four minutes, but they want a team standing by to keep things running at the Future Foundation and as superheroes just in case.

I think we all kno
Stewart Tame
Feb 21, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it liked it
Okay, so this is volume 1 of FF. It says so in the copyright information and everything. Normally, that would mean the story starts here, right? Volume one and all? Not at Marvel, tough. This is a continuation of a story that began ... somewhere. I'm unable to discern where just from this book alone. On the back cover, we see that this collects the stories that originally ran in issues 4-8 of the FF comic books. So what happened to issues 1-3? Why aren't they volume one? Does this make sense to ...more
Daniel Slagell
Jan 29, 2014 Daniel Slagell rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
This book feels to me anyway like a volume 2 of a series but in reality it's actually Volume 1 of Matt Fraction's FF. The First thing to point out is that I highly would recommend reading Fantastic Four, Vol. 1: New Departure, New Arrivals FIRST before reading this one for the simple fact that it would help understanding how the characters got here and what has happened before it.

The story itself is a continuation of what happened in Fantastic Four and that overall storyline. Each issue builds u
Apr 18, 2014 Kris rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is just bad all over. Michael Allred's art is the second worst I've ever seen. (Are you listening, Vasilis Lolos?) And the story is confusing, and the dialog is so totally random. The only saving grace is the moloids and my favorite mutants, Artie and Leech. And the two Atlanteans. (Don't call them fish people. Racist.)
Jan 26, 2016 Silas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute book. While some serious things happen here, and it's not quite a children's book, there is a whimsical humor to it, and it has a somewhat retro art style. While the children in the Future Foundation seem younger here than when I have seen them before, they actually behave like children, which makes the story more interesting. Of course, the adults are the main point of the story, and we see a group of unrelated individuals trying to become a team with varying levels of success. I ...more
Fiction State Of Mind
Jan 16, 2015 Fiction State Of Mind rated it really liked it
So happy to be able to check out Digital GN's. With the Ant-Man movie coming, this is a fun intro to scott lang.Though there is no guarantee any of the events in this book will be movie canon this is still a stellar read!

The Fantastic Four need to leave Earth. The only problem is they have formed a Future Foundation for orphan and displaced children, both human and alien. So the call on friends Scott , Jen ( She-Hulk), Darla (she owns a Thing suit) & Medusa ( Queen of the Inhumans), to keep
Jan 18, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A fun volume exploring how the replacement Fantastic Four are adapting to their new responsibilities. There's some fun here, as She-Hulk and Wyatt Wingfoot go on a date, reigniting that old spark despite the Moloids' best efforts to stop them. Scott Lang is near paralyzed by the responsibility of managing so many kids after his daughter has died, but he's still able to flirt with Johnny's girlfriend as he helps her manage some dedicated internet pranksters.

The main thread, involving mind control
Aug 15, 2014 Tiamatty rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
When you pick up a book with art by Michael Allred, you know what you're in for - great comedy, and plenty of sweet moments. Waid and Allred's FF delivers those, as expected. Ant-Man's ongoing grief over the death of his daughter, Cassie, is effective and poignant. The kids of the Future Foundation are all a lot of fun, and pretty adorable. The substitute FF - Ant-Man, She-Thing, She-Hulk and Medusa - all have interesting personalities and struggles. Particularly entertaining is Medusa's problem ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Robert rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Know Good Things Come in Faux
This title could have just as easily been called "Fantastic Fun"!

The original Fantastic Four go on an extra-dimensional adventure, leaving four lesser-known super heroes in their place to "keep an eye on things" at the Future Fundation, and of course things don't go quite as planned!

My only quibble would be with the character of Darla, whom I rather liked, but surely they could have come up with a better "super-power" than just wearing a Thing-suit, especially when there's already a super-stron
Apr 07, 2016 Joshua rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Really interesting characters that continue to grow and drive the story -so glad to see the oddball collection that is the Future Foundation, especially Bentley-23 and the Moloids, and Alex's principled fight with Scott and subsequent interaction with Doom was nicely done.. This collection suffers from starting in the middle of things; even though its the first collection, it starts on issue 4, so I wasn't to sure what the deal was with Old Man John Storm and where the Fantastic Four were. Still ...more
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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