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Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo: Ultimate Collection, Book 1

(Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo: Ultimate Collection #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Collects Fantastic Four (1997) #60-66, Avengers (1963) #400. Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo take the reins of Fantastic Four and deliver some of the most daring and humorous adventures these heroes have ever seen! Giant bugs! Living equations! Johnny Storm, CEO! Exploding unstable molecules! The secret behind the Yancy Street Gang! And witness the antics between the Thing and ...more
Kindle Edition, 207 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Marvel
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William Thomas
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a 'Fantastic Four Manifesto' editorial piece as an addendum at the end of this book. In it, Mark Waid lays out his FF proposal in a way that sounds passive-aggressive and apologetic at the same time. And I agreed with most of what he said. Modern writers haven't really been able to handle Marvel's first family in any kind of satisfactory style. And, well, as for Waid's handling, it's pretty much a mixed bag.

Mark Waid may have injected new life into this book, but he brought quite a few
Evan Dossey
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm using this particular edition as a placeholder for the entire Waid / Wieringo "Fantastic Four" run.

For much of my comic-reading formative years, I'd always heard this references as one of the most important modern runs on Fantastic Four. I can see why. The humor and family dynamics are top-notch, particularly in the latter half of the run, with Thing and Torch being the standouts. The villains also make memorable appearances. "Unthinkable" presents a Doctor Doom unlike I've read in recent y
Between 3 and 4 stars.

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this. Of course, the adventures are a little silly, and Waid's first issue basically makes a Powerpoint presentation on why readers should like the Fantastic Four, but not expect a typical superhero comic, but what he's trying to communicate in his first issue nails it. The FF aren't superheroes first and foremost; they're a family of explorers/adventurers/troubleshooters (you know, because weird science always puts them and others in mortal d
Andrew Obrigewitsch
Jul 13, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is one of the most overhyped graphic novels out there right next to Batman Hush. This can only be described as puerile. All the characters acted like they were about 12, even the children. The author is clearly terrible at math and thinks Algebra is the most advanced subject ever. Not only that but he gives completely incorrect definitions for simple math terms, making them seem ultra complex. The story was just not interesting in the least.

The Fantastic Four is a Sci-Fi series. An author
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun family dynamic. This felt like an action sitcom in the best way possible. I wanted to live with these characters in the Baxter building. Mark Waid, I dont believe, has ever written a comic I disliked. He has a good sense of characterization, fun dialogue, humor, heart, and clever sci fi plots to keep you hooked. I'm definitely buying more...after the holidays. Hey I got bill's and gifts to pay off. ...more
Lillian Francis
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comixology
This was fun. With great art.

The 90s Avengers story was fun even if only to laugh at Thor. Apparently my beau was in a glam rock band at the time.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the 5 stars are for the content. I give 3 stars for the product. For a $25 dollar trade we get the exact content of the original trade. This is just 7 issues. There is extra content of a giant size Avengers issue that was Waid & Wieringo's first collaboration. The art is awful I couldn't read it. on top of that, the Avengers issue replaces the original bonus content. That amazing FF mission statement/proposal by Waid? Gone.

This is failure of an "ultimate collection" and serves this amazing run a
The Sapphic Nerd
My first Fantadtic Four read! It's not bad! I like the art - especially how Sue looks (that haircut is gorgeous). Fun colours and a nice comic-book-y art style make it great to look at. The writing is fine. I got a few chuckles out of it. Overall, I think I can do without getting the next volumes. It's fine; light and fun. I really like Sue's character. However, it's not something I feel I need more of at this point. ...more
Matthew Brady
Man, why did I read this? I had been meaning to check out Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's Fantastic Four run from back in the early 00s, since it was supposed to be pretty good, but it really was not. It starts out as kind of generic superhero adventure, and while it seems like it's supposed to be smart, it's actually kind of dumb and boring. There are plots about Johnny being forced to mature and take on a responsible role for the family, and Reed having to fight a creature from a dimension of pu ...more
Adam Graham
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book collects the start of Mark Waid and MikeJo Wieringo's run on Fantastic Four.

The book kicks off with Issue 60, which is a one-shot overview of the Fantastic Four and the sort of things that they do and experience. They've hired a marketing guy to help promote the team and he's trying to figure them out. Given that Waid admitted a lack of interest in the characters coming in, this character feels a lot like self-insertion, like he's speaking for how Waid understands the group. It's stil
Shane Perry
The Fantastic Four are my favorite heroes in the Marvel Universe. I'm also a fan of Mark Waid, so I definitely wanted to check this out. While the stories in this weren't mind-blowing or anything, Waid seems to want to start of his run by returning the FF to their family sitcom-esque roots, while making some additions to make things modern. I think the biggest thing I appreciate about this is Waid really understands how the FF should work as characters. Some parts are a little too slapstick for ...more
James Rodrigues
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Throughout my Marvel reading, the First Family has been one of my more embarrassing blindspots. Thanks to a friends recommendation, I decided to try Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo's run, and my goodness, so far, so phenomenal. It balances comedy, sci-fi madness, and thrilling action so very well, but puts character above all else. The opening issue perfectly sets things up, while the following ones do wonderful work with defining these characters. I absolutely adored this, and will gladly continue ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed the comics but I didn't love them. They were good fun, but I didn't find anything in the stories that really stuck with me and made me want to continue on as fast as possible - reason why it took over a week to finish the bundle. However, Doctor Doom appears in the next one and that's really who I'm here for, so I'll at least read the next volume.

They are pretty easy to follow - though Reed's science absolutely flew over my head - and the art is pretty good.
Simeon Scott
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really solid opening to a run I've heard nothing but great things about and can now see why, Waid has a wonderfully apt understanding of The Four and their dynamics while also bringing in a lot of great new (For the time) ideas. And Wieringo's art style has that's instantly appealing cartoon like style to it that still keeps a lot of detail and expressiveness. Cannot wait to see where they go with the characters after this set of establishing issues. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was ok, but the tone was a bit too light for my tastes. It almost felt like a FF book making fun of itself.
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Seems like a whole bunch of different ideas about how the book could be written. Most of them don't work but they mean well. Human Torch as businessman was a good idea. ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. First story arc was super boring, but the rest made up for it. The art is solid but not my style.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
Actually prefer the preceding issues of this reboot that aren't entirely collected yet. But it's Waid so I expect it to get better as it goes along. ...more
Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani
i never thought i would enjoy fantastic four stories so much but i really like the writing and art for this! keeps the spirit of their beginnings while keeping it relevant for the 2000's ...more
Scott Rushing
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
I had read that this series was a good place to start for Fantastic Four. I was underwhelmed by giant bugs and a living equation.
Brendan Mckillip
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Might just be the perfect Fantastic Four book. Mark Waid has a fun and fresh take on the Marvel’s first family. It’s an absolute joy to read. Mike Wieringo’s art is perfectly suited for Waid’s adventures. It’s the perfect match of creative team and characters, and the result is one of the best superhero books I’ve read in a long time.
IMHO, Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo's Fantastic Four run doesn't get enough love. People like it, sure, but I don't think they *love* it enough. For my money, it's The Third Great FF Run (first is Lee/Kirby, of course, then Byrne) because it hits EVERYTHING that makes the Fantastic Four work... the perfect mix of high adventure, low comedy, astonishing technology, exotic locales, and of course the family dynamics. Even the slightest of stories (like Reed & Ben on Baxter Building pest control duty) s ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012
I'd never ready any Fantastic Four before, but in honor of Mark Waid's taking over Daredevil, my pusher bought me some of his run on FF. Luckily, the first issue is very introductory. Reed Richards is a stretchy supergenius, Sue Richards is a loving wife/mother and supportive sister with invisible force fields, Johnny Storm is an immature hothead, and Ben Grimm is a rough-and-tumble galoot. They fight aliens and interdimensional beings and science gone awry. It's kind of like Atomic Robo in how ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel_comics
I'd always heard good things about this era of the FF and these four volumes didn't disappoint. 'Ringo was one of the best superhero artists of his generation, and is perfect for this book full of big ideas, strange locales and family drama. Waid nails the basic concept too many creators ignore, that these folks are first and foremost explorers and humanitarians. His knack for humor is on full display, even if it's laid on a little thick at times. And the highest praise I can give him is that he ...more
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I first fell in love with comics reading reprint editions of the tremendous Stan Lee / Jack Kirby run on the Fantastic Four from the 1960s. This volume captures a bit of the spirit of those great classic issues. Mark Waid had the central insight that the FF is driven by Reed Richards, who is more scientist than superhero, and his occasionally functional family that make up the rest of the FF. The adventures that they have flow just as often from Reed's scientific work as from super-villain threa ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exemplary super-hero storytelling. Waid has a tendency to over-write, but he understands how to construct a scene, and knows to prioritize characters over cameos and super-powers, and makes his love for the source material shine through.
Elliot Huxtable
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Witty, and captures the family element of the Four very well.
Kristy K
3.5 stars
Liam Martin
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Headlee
My original impressions of the characters were wrong, at least within this storyline by Mark Waid. I haven’t read very much of Marvel, but I was really impressed with this story. It was all about family, focusing on the group as a whole and the relationships between various characters.

I enjoyed seeing Reed and Sue as parents. They aren’t the perfect parents, they mess up from time to time it was great to see that, it was real and heartfelt. I smiled seeing Reed interacting with his new daughter,
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Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America. ...more

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