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Fantastic Four, Volume 3

(Fantastic Four (1998) (Collected Editions) #22)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Faced with the death of imagination and growing pandemic of tomorrow fear, Reed Richards takes the future of discovery into his own hands. Think the world is a bad place, everything is going to hell, and the end times are surely around the corner? Try reading the World's Greatest Comic Magazine.
Collecting: Fantastic Four 579-582
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published November 10th 2010 by Marvel
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Dan Schwent
Sep 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, comics
Reed Richards assembles promising young minds and forms the Future Foundation. The Human Torch takes Franklin and Leech shopping. The various versions of Nathaniel Richards, Reed's father, are hunting one another through the time stream until only one remains...

Hickman's guiding of Marvel's First Family continues. This time, he plays with B-list Fantastic Four foils like Arcade and Impossible Man. The formation of the Future Foundation sows the seeds for the Future Foundation's own title down th
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, comics, marvel
This just keeps getting better. The third volume is still mostly buildup, but the final issue was awesome and absolutely insane at the same time. Can't wait to see what's coming next! (Although I do know at least one huge spoiler from the next book).
James DeSantis
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
So I continue my run on Fantastic Four and, have we finally hit the great volume that will change James's mind and see the greatness? No. But we're getting better.

This volume has a few stories all coming together. Johnny takes the kids to the store to grab some new toys, Reed builds the foundation of geniuses to solve problems he can not alone, and we get a little flash back of Reed and his father back in Reed's younger days where they team up with young doom. All of this happens, as always, in
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Hm. The first couple of issues were just ok. I kind of feel like anyone who wants to use Arcade in a storyline at this point should just re-examine their life choices. The second half is a strange, cross-time thing with Reed's dad recruiting college age Reed, Ben, and Doom to help him defeat his alternate reality self. Which is about as confusing as it sounds, even though I did like it quite a bit. It probably helped that Doom could show up and be hilariously arrogant.
Jesse A
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
A slightly weaker, more convoluted volume. Still mostly having fun with this series though
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A little step step down from the previous volumes. I felt like Hickman got caught up in too many time jumps.
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm progressively getting worse at keeping track of what's happening because A. it's crazy, and B. I'm just enjoying it. Multiversal Nathaniel Richards in a death battle with himself, time traveling, Doom, and the fascinating Nu-World. Yeah. If that doesn't sell it...

After reading the first two volumes of Jonathan Hickman’s highly acclaimed “Fantastic Four” series, I was a little skeptical about reading more from this series because:

a) The stories in the first two volumes were confusing to me and I thought that I would never get into the stories no matter how many volumes I have read from this series.

b) I did not quite enjoy the second volume as much as the first volume, so I was not sure if I was going to enjoy the direction this series
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fascinating - Reed rips apart something he created ten years ago and creates a new mind-bending replacement, Reed's father comes back on a universe-altering quest, and the kidlings come from the future on an incredible mission. And Johnny & kids battle an old (sad) foe. Lots of great threads left open for further great storytelling.

Hickman continues to warp FF reality with a lot of wonderful ideas, and weaves them into a plot building towards foreshadowed, bigger things. I *think* Nathaniel's ap
Michael Emond
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
What happened? Volume 1 and I am all "so fresh! this is a great new take on FF the oldest of super-hero groups! Yay, Hickman!!
Volume 2 and I okay ...feels like he is building up to something but doing a bad job advancing the story in an entertaining way.
Now this volume and I am - maybe volume 1 was the outlier. Maybe Hickman doesn't know how to write an entertaining story that makes any sense. Two of the issues focus on Reed's dad Nathaniel Richards and the fact that all the alternativ
James DeSantis
So I continue my run on Fantastic Four and, have we finally hit the great volume that will change James's mind and see the greatness? No. But we're getting better.

This volume has a few stories all coming together. Johnny takes the kids to the store to grab some new toys, Reed builds the foundation of geniuses to solve problems he can not alone, and we get a little flash back of Reed and his father back in Reed's younger days where they team up with young doom. All of this happens, as always, in

[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
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Things are heating up now! With a lot of the setup and groundwork out of the way, Hickman really leaps forward in this volume. Now we've got time traveling multiverse dads, parallel worlds aging at accelerated rates, pocket universes protected from the timestream, and a lot of other massive, potentially untenable ideas being issued forth by Hickman as fast as he can. It's a lot to process, but it really feels like it's all moving towards something even cooler and more interesting than what it al ...more
Finally a volume worth reading.
Adam Spanos
A lot of the meat of this volume starts to delve deeper into the time-travel stuff that would have a big impact going forward in Hickman's excellent run.

The volume kicks off with Reed telling a room full of scientists that he's walking away from the convention he started because they just weren't forward-thinking enough for him (which captures his personality perfectly) before giving Johnny and Ben an adventure with Impossible Man that was a lot of fun. We also get Reed having some fascinating
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer Jonathan Hickman in many ways is taking this title back to its roots in a good way. The FF are explorers. Yes back in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's day they were fighting evil and all that. They were also time traveling, going into space, and finding lost civilizations (much like their inspiration Jack's Challengers of the Unknown with Wally Wood). A couple of writers have done that since (Chris Claremont and the always underrated Karl Kessel). Hickman gives us time travel, hidden cities, pos ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
First 2 stories, not really my cup of tea, at all. Boring in quite a few ways, too many little kids running around. The last 2 stories were much better. They focus on the past, when Reed/Ben/Doom were all in college together, and an appearance from Nathaniel Richards, Reed's father, and the adventure they get into together. It also coincides with the future versions of Franklin and Valeria who move back and forth across time...a little odd, but I recall it from Vol 1. Still a little nuts that th ...more
Bader Al Shirawi
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
It really picks up at the end. I mean, that toy store issue with Johnny was pretty meh. But then it got back to the main story and We got to see Reed's dad! Yes, the story contains time traveling and I really hope it doesn't reach to the degree where it gets confusing.

The highlight of this volume is seeing the teenage version of Dr.Doom.

Bring on volume 4!
Shannon Appelcline
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
Another phenomenal volume by Hickman. The story of Nathaniel Richards (581-582) is the height, especially Val and Franklin's heroism at the end. However everything is great ... except maybe Franklin and Johnny vs. Arcade and the Impossible Man.
Craig Fisher
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it
If your dream team is Reed, Franklin, and Val Richards.
If your idea of a great FF story arc involves Ben sitting on a couch, Johnny babysitting, and Sue talking to fish.
If you think action is something that should only happen between panels.
Well, ladies, gentle,en and self identifying others, Jonathan Hickman is the writer for you.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel, 2019-comics
Basically an improvement on the first two volumes. The story is as batshit crazy as it gets, with lots of time travel and universe stuff, but I appreciate how Hickman basically doesn't care about how weird it is. Also, I like Sue's arc and she deserves more screen time. Bonus points for all the creepy genius children, and for Victor being in this.
Max Z
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Mostly okay.

It resolves one of the first hooks thrown in by Hickman in the first volume but in the end the series suffers from pacing issues, too many hooks and no development for any of them until much later on for no reason whatsoever. Remember four cities that have appeared in the previous volume? Well, you can safely forget about them until the next one.
Todd Glaeser
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
While I've been enjoying the Future Foundation books about the kids, I wasn't as engaged with this - the set up issues.
Peter Zackowski
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is part 3 of 5. my rating for this is based on my rating for all 5 parts as one story
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
So many things happening. And some of them I do not understand, what is happening. But they do happen and apparently there are big things following.
Maybe things start to get together in next book.
Somunachi Okee-Aguguo
Story got a bit more interesting. 3.5
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am enjoying this series, but without much FF background I am struggling to keep up with some parts of it.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collects Fantastic Four issues #579-582

I am somewhat familiar with where this Fantastic Four series is heading, yet I was surprised to see this volume called “Future Foundation” already. I know that the team will eventually go by this name for a season, but it is interesting to see that its genesis happened earlier than that. I believe that Reed said that the Future Foundation was a project Sue was working on in a past volume, but maybe that is something different. I don’t love the story centere
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hickman's run on the series begins to pick up here, after the extensive groundwork laid in the prior volumes. Now, finally, the fun begins, with nods to the FF's rich history of ridiculous villains and recurring characters (Arcade and the Impossible Man show up in a one-shot story), use of time travel, and the early relationship between Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Vincent Von Doom.

Reed, who is probably the most prominent character in this volume, is characterized as supremely confident, even
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This volume continues to tantalize with the various story threads drawing nearer to each other, along with new ones. The connections of family are put forefront again as Reed teams up with his time traveling father Nathaniel Richards, and the college age Reed, Ben Grimm, and Victor Von Doom...against the an alternative world version of Nathaniel himself, who is killing all the others, in an attempt to be the sole Nathaniel Richards in this timeline. Loopy, and maybe with the plate spinning of al ...more
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