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X-Men/Fantastic Four: 4X

(X-Men/Fantastic Four: 4X #1-4)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  46 reviews
KRAKOA. Every known mutant lives there...except for one. But now it's time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home. It's the X-MEN vs. the FANTASTIC FOUR, and nothing will ever be the same. COLLECTING: X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR (2020) 1-4
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 29th 2020 by Marvel
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Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fanfour-verse
A surprisingly tight Limited Serial craftily connected to its predecessor Fantastic Four vs. X-Men #1, from decades back in the Chris Claremont days! Jonathan Hickman has turned the Marvel universe up with Dawn of X Vol. 1 and this series builds upon that. The vast majority of mutants now reside on Krakoa, and Xavier, Magneto and co. feel it's time mutant (and son of Fantastic Four's Reed & Sue), Franklin Richards joined them!

Zdarsky as ever produces a solid script some interesting twists,
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: single-issues, 2020
The basic premise is that the X-Men come knocking on the FF's door to invite Franklin Richards to Krakoa since he's a mutant. Zdarsky knocked it out of the park with this. He reaches all the way back to the original X-Men vs. FF book from the 80's to establish a relationship between Kitty and Franklin. He nails both the current X-Men and Fantastic Four situations while alluding to bigger things. He even manages to expand on a certain someone's powers (No, not Franklin's.). It's clear that ...more
Gianfranco Mancini

Vote: ☆☆☆ 1/2 (Read as single issues)

A decent sequel to the Claremont's classic Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men 1987 mini-series and Zdarsky totally nailed Doom's character here making Victor outshadow the whole cast and take Richards and Xavier down a peg or two.

Sadly premise was far better than the ride for me, the Kitty Kate-Franklin relationship could have been fleshed a few more, and sometimes the Dodsons' artworks seemed rushed.

Still a good read besides that, and Franklin in Krakoa and Ben
Will Robinson Jr.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Superb. This is probably one of the best titles to come out of the Hickman era Dawn of X titles. Zdarsky along with Cates are probably Marvel's best writers currently. Before jumping into this book I would recommend that you read Dawn of X Vol. 1 & Marvel Two-In-One, Vol. 1: Fate of the Four to get a little background and flavor of where this series is going. This is also good looking series as well. The team of Terry & Rachel Dodson work perfectly here and I love looking at each page. ...more
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was fun, and I enjoyed watching the two superhero teams clash. Always glad to see Kate Pryde as a major player in a story, and Franklin was interesting. I hope he continues to grow in the X-titles. 4/5 stars
Paul E. Morph
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chip Zdarsky does a fantastic job (see what I did there?) of exploring the darker side of what the X-Men are becoming in Jonathan Hickman's regime without coming down against it 100%. When Doctor Doom is pointing out the negative side of what your doing, though, X-guys, surely you have to stop and think, eh?

This book actually gives me hope for the X-Men actually becoming heroic again at some point in the future, though, so I thank it for that, because their current status quo makes me very, very
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those Both Uncanny and Fantastic
Very well done as a book to bridge the stories of the relaunched FF and the bold new direction of the X-books. I still might not care all that much about Franklin as a character, but if he's now going to serve as a point of tension between Marvel's Merry Mutants and the rest of Earth's superpowered community that may come to change.

Also, how many times do people need to learn to not threaten Sue's kids in her own house? Just rude!

Thank heavens she shows some restraint as there's no doubt she
James DeSantis
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This was probably one of Chip's weaker works but saying that, it had its moments.

X-Men are doing things different now and they come to Franklin to see if he'd like to come to their island. However, momma bear said FUCK NO, and pushes back big time. Mr. Fantastic also has to get inbetween and the Thing and Human torch each do their own thing. The big issue is NOBODY is listening to Franklin here. Well not till he is kidnapped by Dr. Doom that is.

The first issue is actually really exciting and
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Franklin Richards is the son of Reed Richards and Sue Storm. Theyre members of the Fantastic Four who were changed into superhumans by cosmic rays. Franklin however, is a mutant born with omega level abilities. Lately, he has been having troubles with his powers and no one seems to know why.

On Krakoa, Charles Xavier believes its time to bring Franklin home to live with the other mutants. The professor and a few of his X-Men show up at the door of the Fantastic Four and try to convince Franklins
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
"Make no mistake: Doom recognizes the country of Krakoa. But I do not recognize that claws protrude from your body makes you worthier than a human who dedicates their life to diplomacy and the study of culture. It is insulting. You are insulting, Charles, with this pretence of superiority. Doom will help this young man because it is what Doom wishes to do with his power, power that he has earned, while you were simply born with it."
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantastic-four
**Read as Single Issues**

Well, it's over.
That's the best I can say about this.

To start, full disclosure: 1) I'm a long-time FF adherent, through thick and thin. 2) I'm familiar with the X-Men, and while I haven't read every issue of the "New X-Universe/ Dawn of X" books, I've been keeping up with the overall story arcs.

This mini-series suffered from the same problem that A vs X (and Civil War, et al.) suffered from; someone(s) trying to impose their will over other people "for the greater
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a mostly inconsequential four-issue series that deals with the issue of Franklin Richards being one of the most powerful mutants in the world, but not being part of the Krakoan society that most of the other mutants now belong to. Franklin Richards is coming of age and has an issue with his powers, which seem to be depleting as he uses them. Professor X and Magneto show up to recruit the now teenage Franklin to Krakoa, where they hope they can analyze the situation with his powers and ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Meh. Missed opportunity.

Is Franklin ever going to interact with Rachel, the love of his life in another timeline? Their ages don't match up currently, so it could just be awkward. But at least now they're both post-pubescent and have access to their powers. Because Franklin is now somewhere between 14-16, and Rachel is usually drawn somewhere between 18 and 22, it is now conceivable that if they waited a few years they could actually be together.

Anyway. This is just another story forcing the
Chris Lemmerman
Is it really possible to spin your wheels for four issues and go nowhere? Yes, apparently it is. The plotline here of throwing the FF and the X-Men together is a good one, and starts off quite well; then Doctor Doom gets involved for literally no reason and it all goes a bit pear-shaped, before ending on a total non-ending bar one tense scene between Reed and Xavier.

It's disappointing, is what it is. Zdarsky's entries into F4 canon previously have been excellent, but this just feels bland.

Jamie Sigal
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of the Fantastic Four vs The X-Men series, and just a huge fan of both teams in general, this one hit all the right notes for me and the fact that it referenced that old 80's story in such a pertinent way was lovely fan-service. This was the fun read you'd expect it to be with both teams getting their fair share of the action and spotlight, and their motivations were all consistent throughout - Zdarsky has really grown as a writer over the last few years and the tightness of this story ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Liked it, but it just seems like something's missing, like some depth, some clarity. There's a lot packed into these four issues, but, on second thought, there's really not a whole lot here at all. I did like how it shows the current mutant thought on dealing with the rest of the world--they are not going to take a back seat to anyone and there's a moment toward the end, with Charles Xavier and Erik visiting Reed Richards that's positively chilling. I think Victor von Doom may be correct in that ...more
Nov 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
I'm so out of touch what is going on in X-men world these days. When did they moved to that island, why did Xavier started to use that bell end looking helmet and when did they turn to be such assholes in their opinions. Not that F4 is any better. And when did they all turned out to be so eager to fight each other?
But there is Doom goofing around so this was not all utter shite with generic art. I read this, could've used that time for something else.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this, it gets pretty deep at times and a little dark with how both sides act toward Franklin (even Kate) and trying to make the choices for him. If it had remained like that I would have been all in but the "fight" between the two sides... It just irritates me and always has how powerful they make the fantastic four, they aren't that good yet they handle all the X-Men with little to no bother which is a bit meh. That's just a personal preference though as opposed to a real ...more
Mitchell Kukulka
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
"I used to have dreams of the future. I don't anymore. Because there isn't one for me."

The only sustainable future for the comic book medium is to just let Zdarsky write everything.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Issue 1: Super great. I didn't know how they would tie the two teams together, forgetting the link that already exists between them: Franklin Richards. I appreciated the references to the old X-Men vs Fantastic Four miniseries, with Kitty and Franklin's bond. Kitty and Xavier both had especially good voices here. I was less enamored with Reed and Sue, as their role is simply "overprotective parent" thus pitting them as practically the villains in this issue. But oh well. The art was, of course, ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Rob Marney
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is the licensing cash grab tie-in that combines your love for the hot new show (Hickman's House of X) with your nostalgia for the old show (Claremont's X-Men vs. Fantastic Four from 1986), without really going anywhere with it. It's tempting to say the book was doomed from the start, but that doesn't mean it's worth reading.

Like all crossover miniseries, this book is not allowed to have any plot impact and it's required to cram in as many characters as possible, and the Dodsons do a
Adam Fisher
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars.
The story we've been waiting for... one mutant has not accepted the call to join the rest of his race on Krakoa: Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue, a mutant with the ability to warp reality. So... (what did you think was honestly going to happen?) the X-Men and the Fantastic Four fight each other so that one of them can control Franklin. But... of course, he is old enough to make the decision for himself, so he ultimately goes to live on Krakoa for a while to learn more about his
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
The biggest problem with this book is the mandate that superheroes that meet must fight. It especially doesn't make sense here for the FF to immediately attack Xavier as soon as he walks up to their house. Nor does it make sense for Reed to so hate the idea of Krakoa that he secretly implanted his son with a device that would deactivate his X-gene if he approached a Krakoa gate. This is not the reaction I would expect from heroes who should know why mutants might want to not get killed for a ...more
Tassos Gkouvitsas
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Considering I'm loving both X-Men and Fantastic Four current runs, I've been a fan of Terry Dodson's art, and Dr. Doom is one of my favourite supervillains that I always like to read about, I was really looking forward to reading this.

And I was thoroughly disappointed. The story was paper-thin and, other than a few interesting quips here and there, nothing really happened. Just a dime-store plot that serves as a cheap excuse for these two teams to meet, fight and then join forces against a
Henry Blackwood
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
This started off so fun and interesting. It posed interesting conflicts based on realistic behaviours of the characters involved. Sure, the beginning of it all was forced but it had a lot of promise until Von Doom entered for no reason just to end the réal and interesting conflict Chip (And Hickman) engineered between the F4 and the X-Men.

Im beginning to really not trust chip when it comes to finishing a book. The ending of this was cheesier than the Star Wars Holiday Special. Isnt it just the
Shannon Appelcline
The nicest thing about 4X is that it feels like a sequel to X-Men vs. Fantastic Four, from 33 years ago. We get a return to the Kitty/Franklin relationship and a thematic resurgence of the plot of Doom trying to fix a mutant.

Meanwhile, it encompasses all of that in the new reality of dark-and-gritty mutant nationalists. And that builds into a great ending.

The worst thing about 4X is that it's way too much dull fighting, and one of the linchpins focuses on Wolverine not being able to tell the
Chalupa Batman
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this story in which Franklin Richards is losing his powers and is trying to maintain his mutant abilities. One option is for him to join the XMen in the island of Krakoa since his father has not been able to help. He has, though, created a device that prevents mutants to use their abilities.

Dr. Doom presents an option, but with everything he does he has an ulterior motive. Did I mention that he also had his own island. Don't want to give away too much but it does provide an interesting
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very worthy successor to the previous meetings of the teams, and one that is steeped in, and builds on, that history. It evokes and copies it in some ways - who is more ethical, Charles or Reed - while simultaneously telling a good story that is very grounded in what the Marvel 616 is at present, with Krakoa, mutant rights, Franklin Richards aged up, Doom, and so on. The writing is spot on and the art is vibrant and fits the tone exactly.
Afreen Aftab
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is a great HOX era installment. The story deftly combines mutants, the fantastic four as well as Doom with old throwbacks that don't require a lot of research to understand if you haven't read older series. The plot and dialogue flow perfectly with enough information for the reader without being overbearing (as it has been in some of the Hox Pox series). The art is beautiful and easy on the eyes.
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