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FF, Volume 1: Fantastic Faux

(FF (2012) #1)

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,863 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Marvel
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Dan Schwent
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016-comics, 2016
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
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Jeff
Jun 11, 2014 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
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Anne
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
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Sam Quixote
Jan 16, 2014 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
Chad
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Matt Fraction brings the quirkiness of Madman along with its writer/artist to the FF. Fraction takes an inmates running the asylum approach to the book. The replacements for the Fantastic Four are all pretty dysfunctional on their own and now they're in charge of a bunch of genius children. The book is fun and episodic while Mike Allred makes the book look better than ever.
Chris Lemmerman
Jul 24, 2013 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.
kristen b ♡
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh my god oh my god oh my god this is 100% my FAVORITE series!!! this is ADORABLY fun and so so action packed. also 5/5 just for the softest trans rep EVER!!! i love how centered around family this is as well. this is someone i read on marvel unlimited that i can see myself buying hard copy because i loved it so much.

it picks up pretty much right where the fantastic four volume that contains issues 1-3 left off, i recommend reading that first although it’s not needed.

i loved how every character
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Nicolo Yu
Dec 17, 2015 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.
Sesana
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
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Gavin
Oct 20, 2013 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
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Stewart Tame
Feb 19, 2015 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, though. 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
Nikki
Sep 25, 2014 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
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Alasondro Alegré
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Jasmine
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, marvel
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
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, favorites
Wow Matt Fraction is just killing it with all his Marvel Now books.
Jen
Mar 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
So much "no".

Volume one did not make sense - the back cover description made more sense and gave more background than the *actual* book.
Fizzgig76
Aug 01, 2013 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
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Holden Attradies
Aug 10, 2013 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 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
Bill
May 22, 2016 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
David
Jul 30, 2013 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
Robert
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Know Good Things Come in Faux
Shelves: marvel
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
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Kris
Feb 12, 2014 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.)
Renata
Aug 24, 2015 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!
Artemy
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel, 5-stars, comics
Pretty great. Love the silliness and the 60's adventurous feel of this series. And the art is simply gorgeous!
James Lawner
Has Matt Fraction lost his marbles?

This was a decent installment, and the artwork was great as always, but I feel like the last three issues was kinda meh. One thing I thought was odd and unnecessary was the fact that a moloid came out as trans and the way it was presented just came out of nowhere and felt so out of place (what was also ridiculous is that she wore a dress over her FF uniform, meanwhile female members of the FF don’t wear dresses over their uniforms so what kind of bullshit is th
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Kathleen
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Silly while still meaningful and emotionally resonant, this comic is an absolute delight and a real exploration of family in all of its forms. It even successfully makes Scott Lang interesting to me, so well done there. Featuring one of my new favorite villain rants, "Useless! Useless! All of you pale before our heteronormative cisgendered classification of family! Blastaar! Show them all how nuclear a family we can truly be--!"

I highly recommend this book to any and all readers of comics.
Christopher Munroe
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know, I didn't know I'd wanted a Fraction/Allred book, but now that I've read this I realize it's exactly what I've been waiting for! Weird, quirky and charming as hell, two of my favourite creators right now, working together on a singular book that couldn't have been made by any other combination of people. It's more fun than a super-hero book has any business being, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Better late than never!
Angela
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Antman is coming to terms with being in charge of the children. The replacement FF are trying their best.

This is a fun comic that doesnt seem to have changed much in the transition to Marvel Now. A good read.
TheTick
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not the best Fraction stuff but not bad. Always love the Allreds on art.
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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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