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Fantastic Four Vol. 1

(Fantastic Four (1998) (Collected Editions) #14)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The Fantastic Four have further adventures in this comic magazine as Reed faces an intriguing offer, and there is a windfall for Ben.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 12th 2006 by Marvel Comics (first published 2006)
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This volume contains two story arcs. The first expands on the cosmic FF origin. It mostly follows Reed Richards on a secret government mission and would have been more suited to a solo story, instead of trying to squeeze in the side stories with Ben becoming rich, and Sue's Social services drama. Kind of stupid in my opinion. The initial idea is pretty clever, but I am not sure about the execution.
The second story is essentially a fight between The Thing and The Hulk. Nothing new but, really,
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and Marvel comics
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: comics, fiction, superhero
This is a great story arc, cosmic, if you will, and mostly satisfying and complete in this volume, before the creative team is sideswiped by the Marvel Civil War event in the next arc. McCone's art is wonderful, and colorist Paul Mounts never fails.
Sep 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read a whole bunch of JMS lately, I was fully prepared to hate this (perhaps even biased against it). His run on Spider-Man has recently become one of my least favorite in comic book history, and since he began writing Fantastic Four around the same time, I was dreading this. But hey, I guess I can you can't always judge a book by its author(?).

Don't get me wrong, this has its problems. The ideas are a little done (big cosmic entity searching for the meaning of life, exploration of how/wh
Terry Collins
Apparently I'm on an Fantastic Four kick, following up the end of Waid and 'Ringo's FF run with new writer J. Michael Straczynski's take on the Marvel flagship title. Some clever ideas on the surface are retreads of classic material (the origin story gets a fresh look, but it's still the FF origin story yet again; the FF are broke, but this time, they don't get tricked by the Sub Mariner making a movie as they did back in the first year of the series; etc.), but other story beats (Ben Grimm is c ...more
Paul Black
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the colorful, imaginative story. The entire 144-page novel is one story arc. It is kinda' neat that the story ultimately hinged on the deepest questions: why are we here? Why does the universe exist? What is the purpose of life? Some of the statements resonated: As I am, you may become. The notion that relations and moments matter far more than kings and wars. And Richards' musings near the end that he was losing details, that "Some things, it seems, are too big for the human mind to ret ...more
Its funny, as I tend to think FF comics are either really good (like Byrne, Waid or Simonson's issues) or horribly bad (most other issues). But I think the start of Straczynski's run is solid without being spectacular....he has a good handle on the characters and the plots are very much in the same tune as the best on the series, but it's missing just a little bit of the wonder that characterizes their best adventures. I'd love to see what else he could do with the series, but sadly he's about t ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
There are some very, very good bits in this, especially the secondary plot bits about the kids of Reed and Sue and Ben's money. Even the main plot line has interesting bits but that really falls apart to stupid blubbering blop in the last issue. That was just stupid way to end a story, a bit like "it was just a dream...." ...more
Simon Farrow
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the story is only really worth a 3, the art by Mike McKone is bloody gorgeous bumping this book up to a 4.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
The book revisits the FF's origins in a way that is not especially fulfilling. ...more
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muy bueno
Jan 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2019
Gotta love a superhero story with social services and tax accountants. *Yawn*
Dan Magaha
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Picked this up at the local used bookstore a while back and finally read it this evening.

Of all of Marvel's "big franchises", I probably know the least about FF canon and in particular, where the characterizations of the main players have been taken recently. I recall the 90's sexification of Sue and the whole Reed-Sue-divorce thing, and (if I'm not mistaken) Franklin becoming the world's most dangerous kid, like that Twilight Zone episode where the kid could think anything and it would happen.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume collects the first five issues written by Straczynski, and includes a complete story arc set against the trademark Marvel heroes-with-problems back drop. The child welfare office is investigating to see if Franklin and Valeria have a suitable home, the government has seized the Richards' monetary assets so they can't afford to eat anything except beans'n'franks for dinner (though Ben finds out that he's rich), the IRS is auditing them... but in the meantime they have to go out and sa ...more
Dmitry Yakovenko
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Fantastic Four: Vol. 1 by J. Michael Straczynski, Fantastic Four: The Life Fantastic, Civil War: The Road to Civil War, Civil War: Fantastic Four.

После рана Уэйда последовал ряд историй ещё одного невероятно знаменитого автора – Джозефа Майкла Стражински, что заставил четвёрку сражаться не только кулаками с суперзлодеями, но и умом с бюрократами, что хотели отнять детей у Сью и Рида, а также сердцем заставлять выбирать сторону во время печально известной Гражданской Войны.

В своём ране Стражински
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantastic Four fans, Marvel comics fans, maybe Babylon 5 fans too
This was a nice easy read, and yet it had a bit of depth to it. If you are familiar with the author from his work on Babylon 5, you may feel right at home as the author does delve into some philosophical issues of existence. The basic plot is that the U.S. Government is trying to replicate the flight that turned the family into the Fantastic Four. And they may be close to doing it too. And then, along the way, an alien shows up. Sounds a lot like business as usual for our heroes. The comics here ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Fantastic Four Super Hero check list – GO!
1 Reid Richards (Mr. Fantastic) is distracted and aloof. Check
2 The Thing (Ben Grim) is suddenly super rich and acting stupid. Check
3 Johnny Storm (Human Torch) does not even count as 2nd fiddle and follow the Thing around blandly. Check
4 A Black Social Worker threatens to take the Richards Kids away and only the Invisible Woman is there to keep the family together (does it badly). Check

After reading several other compilations of comics written by the fa
Oct 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was *very* JMS. The things Reed learns in here - the ultimate message - reminded me a lot of Babylon 5. That isn't a bad thing - it's part of what I love about B5.

Overall, though, I thought this book was okay, but not great. I didn't like Ben in here at all - the humor didn't quite fit, in my opinion. And the child services problem seemed very construed, but okay, apparently that sort of thing happens to the Fantastic Four a lot. I also wasn't a big fan of the art.

What I did like, though, w
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. A weird trip back through the Fantastic Four's origins without doing a reboot, lots of metaphysics and astrophysics with a Carl Sagan feel to it, and an impressively villainous visit from child services which while officially nothing to do with Civil War takes a look at "What happens when you apply the standard metrics of bureaucracy to superheroes? How do they measure against the rules normal people have to abide by?" and therefore sets the kind of tone that leads to Civi ...more
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Writer J. Michael Straczynski gives some added emotional and intellectual depth to this above average FF saga. There is also some nice humor here as social services shows up to determine whether or not their home is a safe environment in which to raise children, and Ben gets a financial windfall. I enjoyed the idea of trying to replicate the original space flight that gave the FF their powers, and Reed's quest for knowledge gave the story some weight. Nicely done all around, with a good mix of a ...more
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
An ok adventure. Reed is asked to check out a science project by the government. At the same time, The Thing is coping with having money, and social services are checking up on the kids. There's some nice character moments with the Thing and some good space opera stuff too. Just read a lot better Fantastic Four books. ...more
Aug 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I love the Fantastic Four and I love Reed Richards, what more is there to say?
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