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Fantastic Four, Volume 1

(Fantastic Four (1998) #570–574)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,604 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Be there as Marvel's newest exciting creator, Jonathan Hickman, teams up with superstar artist, Dale Eaglesham, to give you the Fantastic Four experience you've been waiting for! It's adventure, it's family, it's tough questions in dark times. Ben and Johnny prepare for a trip to Nu-Earth while Val figures out what her dad is up to. See what happens when Reed Richards trie ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 10th 2010 by Marvel (first published 2010)
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Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Our FOURTH week of Shallow Buddy reads is a nod to Marvel's oldest family, The Fantastic Four!


Part of the challenge for me this week was to find a Fantastic Four title that really got me interested in...well, a Fantastic Four title.
Most of the time when I think of this team?


By Sunday, I'm hoping that image will be erased and replaced with something much cooler. And this volume was a step in the right direction, I think. Not too shabby!
There was still a lot of underlying things going on that I d
Dan Schwent
Aug 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, comics
The Fantastic Four deal with the Wizard, the Council of Reeds, Nu-Earth, and Franklin Richards' birthday...

There was a time in my life when the Fantastic Four was undisputedly my favorite comic. I must have been a subscriber for six or seven years. Aside from reading Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus - Volume 1 and Fantastic Four: 1234, this is my first foray into the FF's adventures in a decade or more.

The book starts off a little slow. The Wizard-centric story at the beginning didn't knock
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel, 5-stars, comics
Absolutely delightful. Hickman keeps building upon the the multiverse concept with a story that revolves around the collective of Reed Richards-es from multiple universes trying to "solve everything" and save the world(s). Meanwhile, Johnny, Ben, Val and Franklin go on vacation in another universe, and then Franklin has the best birthday party a kid could wish for — featuring Spider-Man! The character work is phenomenal, the stories are smart and a lot of fun, and at the core of it is the huge b ...more
Nicolo Yu
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
I almost missed out on Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run. I’ve heard of great things about it but I never was able to get myself to buy an issue or trade of it at the height of his run. As he winds down his final story arc, Marvel made available on the Digital Comics Unlimited app on their site for free for a week, three issues from his run which I devoured gratefully. Those issues were so good that when a spotted a lone copy of a trade featuring his first arc, I secured it almost immediatel ...more
Sam Quixote
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Jonathan Hickman gives you your money’s worth as he crams his first volume of “Fantastic Four” with a number of interesting sci-fi storylines worthy of Marvel’s cosmic silver age tales. Reed Richards tries to answer a challenge he set for himself - “Solve everything” - which leads him to a parallel dimension full of other Reed Richards who are tasked with solving everything in every universe. The down side is that no Reed Richards has time for his Sue Storm and kids so they fall by the wayside; ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
This was my first real attempt at reading Fantastic Four. And yet, I kind of feel like I know the characters, at least on a basic, shallow level. Hickman didn't really write anything that would make me change my mind about any of them, but I really don't think he was trying to reinvent the characters. That's fine. Not everything needs to be reinvented. I'm looking at you, DC.

The stories here are solid and fairly well told, if nothing terribly exciting. The multiversal council of Reeds is a real
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I really like the fantastic four characters but I dont know what it is, some reason the writing just doesnt do it for me. I think I dont feel like the multiverse story line is overly exciting. I also felt like some of the characters stories were a little too simple as compared to others. Still a good read, just didnt blow me away.
Paz R.M.
4.5 stars!
First time reading Fantastic Four and I loved it! I never had any interest in Marvel's first family, but so many people love the characters so I had to try some run, and gosh, what a fantastic time!
First little arc focuses on the interdimensional Council of Ricks Reeds. It's such a creative story that quickly paints a picture of the smartest man on Earth. There are some little flashbacks of Reed's childhood, and the lessons taught by his father. What can I say? I got the feels.
Then th
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good first trade in the Hickman run of Fantastic Four. This seems a bit like a jump around at first in that the stories don’t necessarily seem to link together. However throughout small links are made between details and it’s becoming quite the interesting story! There’s some pretty cool looking fights in this and the art is amazing.
I love how the story is centred a lot around family above anything else 💗
Jesse A
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally! A super fun Fantastic Four book. My admiration for Hickman grows and grows.
James DeSantis
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
So as I'm reading Hickman's Avengers run I keep hearing I have to read his Fantastic Four to really enjoy Secret Wars. we go!

Reed is a genius. Everyone knows this. When he begins to meet other versions of himself, all to save the multiverse, it all becomes about saving the entire universe/world/multiple worlds. However, it would come at a price to fix everything. We also have a little side story here where The Thing is down, and Johnny decides to travel to a new world as a vacation to
Adam Spanos
I wasn't planning to pick this up, I'd heard good things but the Fantastic Four was never really on my list of must-reads. But flipping through it I saw a picture of a room full of Reed Richards and three Infinity Gauntlets and my inner fanboy demanded I buy it.

I'm glad I did.

The Fantastic Four was always about big ideas but not every writer can pull them off. Sometimes the writer just doesn't think them through, other times the reader is left wondering why the FF have this world-changing techno
Brief Introduction:

I have heard of the Fantastic Four for many years and I had seen most of the movies and the TV shows that was based on them. However, I never picked up a comic of the “Fantastic Four” until recently, since I am a huge “X-Men” fan and I have been constantly reading their comics for years now. After hearing so many good things about Jonathan Hickman’s run on “Fantastic Four,” I just had to give this series a shot and see if it was worth checking out. Well, I was really amaze
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reed Richards is an isolated super genius whose pursuit of greatness routinely leaves his family neglected and/or exposed to deadly gamma radiation. This has been a integral part of his character since the very first issue of Marvel comics. Jonathan Hickman breathes new life into the old idea, making Richards' obsessive need to "solve everything" feel tragic and personal. He totally is the type of guy who would abandon his family to work on science problems with alternate versions of himself. Th ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hickman creates sone of the most enjoyable comic reading today - believable characters, subtle struggles, big action, and mind-bending reality tweaks.

His first entry in the FF landscape is no exception. I had a lot of fun reading this - it moves quickly without filler or self-narration, and I blazed through it faster than I wanted. I really want to savour these stories but Hickman makes it too fun to stop the pace and linger.

Reed is a hard character to do something new with - he's saved the worl
L. McCoy
So... people like this one?

What’s it about?
Reed has a hard time dealing with life because he is so smart. After some crazy shit happens he finds a bunch of alternate universe versions of himself. It’s even worse than it sounds.

The art is mostly good. I did have one minor issue with it that I’ll get to later but for the most part it looks okay.
This book has some pretty good action scenes.
This book is pretty unpredictable which is a nice surprise.

The story is kinda stupid. It’s basically
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been a little skeptical about the wild acclaim Hickman's received since his appearance on the comics scene a few years ago. I've found Secret Warriors to be an enjoyable but occasionally troublesome series, and I flat-out hated his SHIELD series. But now I think I get it. He is absolutely the perfect choice to take over Fantastic Four. All of the huge, imaginative yet scientific ideas he had in SHIELD are here, only instead of just being spoken about as pure genius by characters who are lar ...more
[review for volumes 1-4]
I've not been a huge Hickman fan. I think my first conscious exposure to his writing was Infinity, which seemed unnecessarily confusing. Around the same time, I was struggling with East of West and Manhattan Projects and I realized the connection between the three. His ideas are very high concept, reminiscent of Grant Morrison (who also consistently confuses me), but he isn't able to execute them as successfully as Morrison, who usually manages to balance character devel
Zack! Empire
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is good. It’s a short read, so saying that I read it cover to cover in a single sitting isn’t saying much, but, hey, I read this book cover to cover in a single sitting. I’m not sure why the Fantastic Four never seems to get mentioned when people talk about great runs, or great books overall. They should be at the top of the list for both Marvel and all of superhero comics in general. While other heroes are busy fighting street thugs, or beating the villain of the week for the 50th ti ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel, comics
Reed Richards decides he wants to solve everything, but then realizes that family is important and stuff. There's a fairly simple basic plot that's glitzed up by a lot of interesting sci-fi and Marvel references--I don't think anyone mentions there's a Captain Universe on the page somewhat frequently in the main, "Parallel Reeds" story.
Hickman at least makes it all feel very big and sci-fi, and not particularly like other superheroing comics. This is the start of a fairly long run by him on the
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-marvel, comics
A strong intro volume, with great characterization. The initial arc on Reed is all-around a good story. The last issue is a very intriguing setup of things to come. The NuEarth story didn't make much sense to me until I went back and read the Millar run, at which time I came to really appreciate the continuity.
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
reed richards is a self important entitled dickhead ffs i hate him
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Like all of Hickman’s stuff, this has crazy universe-shaking ideas which overshadow the characters and threaten to capsize the plot. I’ve always thought Hickman was trying to emulate the early days of comics with their “one and done” stories as creators churned and burned bad guys by the truckload, but unlike those early books by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Romita, Buscema, Wolfman, et al, Hickman’s stories never seem to land and stay around long enough to make a real impact.

The same problem occurs he
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun warm-up lap for writer Jonathan Hickman’s run on The Fantastic Four.

I’ve been on a Hickman kick lately (in the wake of HoX/PoX), and I’m starting to recognize how much better he is at world-building and scene-setting than he is at traditional storytelling. I think that’s why his best work tends to be creator-owned. By contrast, superhero books already exist in fully fleshed-out worlds, so Hickman has little space to do his thing (unless, like with X-Men, he’s given free reign to rebuild th
Sean O
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
If one Reed Richards is insufferable, a Council of Reeds is even worse.

One thing I miss from the 70s era Marvel books is the editor notes saying who these strange characters are. Especially on Nu Earth there’s a lot of “here’s a bunch of people with no explanation.”

It was really good, but I’m been tired of the Reed Richards/bad husband storyline since 1980. Sue must love his “Mr. Fantastic” lovemaking. Because he is so not worth the effort.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
After the Millar run with Fantastic Four (which I loved so much) this seems a bit lame. Especially the bit about Franklin Richards birthday party. That was just so embarrasing. But then again, with the last page of this, things really do pick up and made me wait for the next edition.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never really been into the F4 but this book was great. When they are on man are they on. Great story with characters the feel like genuine family. Will for sure be reading Vol 2.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had dreamed up Spider-Man, The Avengers, or X-men they wrote an odd borderline sci-fi superhero book called fantastic four. It was strange, galactic, and completely over the top (like most superhero books of that day). It also featured the first flawed mainstream heroes ever. These were not invincible super-gods, unbeatable American super soldiers, or infallible brilliant bat detectives. These were scientists and pilots whose gifts were also there burdens. Now the ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
This volume perfectly captures the idea that there isn't enough time in the day, especially if you're a super genius who has the capacity to do anything. Where do you focus your energy? How do you balance it with personal relationships? How often can you tell Johnny Storm to shut up? Reed Richards is like all of us in that sense. Except there probably isn't a council of NJs defending the universe.

Hickman nails the family moments, and all of the characters are being built with promise. Val gets s
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Hickman is a decent writer and he seems to have a love of the FF and got himself a solid artist for his run, but everytime I read one of his stories I just feel kind of underwelmed.

Maybe it's because in this volume he's dealing with the baggage he got stuck with following the dreaded Mark Millar or just his writing is lacking some spark that would appeal to me.

Which is a shame as I really want to like this series. I love the FF, think Hickman's heart is in the right place and would like to find
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