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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary run on Fantastic Four lasted more than 100 issues. Now, witness the continuing adventures of the First Family told like Stan and Jack never left the book by some of comics' most talented creators in this tribute to the original Imaginauts! Featuring Dr. Doom, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, M.O.D.O.K., the Hulk, Silver Surfer, Bla Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary run on Fantastic Four lasted more than 100 issues. Now, witness the continuing adventures of the First Family told like Stan and Jack never left the book by some of comics' most talented creators in this tribute to the original Imaginauts! Featuring Dr. Doom, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, M.O.D.O.K., the Hulk, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, the Avengers, Thor and more!


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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary run on Fantastic Four lasted more than 100 issues. Now, witness the continuing adventures of the First Family told like Stan and Jack never left the book by some of comics' most talented creators in this tribute to the original Imaginauts! Featuring Dr. Doom, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, M.O.D.O.K., the Hulk, Silver Surfer, Bla Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's legendary run on Fantastic Four lasted more than 100 issues. Now, witness the continuing adventures of the First Family told like Stan and Jack never left the book by some of comics' most talented creators in this tribute to the original Imaginauts! Featuring Dr. Doom, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Sub-Mariner, M.O.D.O.K., the Hulk, Silver Surfer, Black Panther, the Avengers, Thor and more!

47 review for Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    Three and a half stars. Back in 2001, The Fantastic Four celebrated its 40th year in publication. Erik Larson oversaw a twelve issue tribute to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 102 issues of creative collaboration on the title, adding a faux storyline that was squeezed between issues 100 and 101. Various writers and artists paid tribute by aping the duos style, but came up a little short of the mark. The art: If anyone needed proof that Kirby was indeed a master and innovator, then look no further than s Three and a half stars. Back in 2001, The Fantastic Four celebrated its 40th year in publication. Erik Larson oversaw a twelve issue tribute to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s 102 issues of creative collaboration on the title, adding a faux storyline that was squeezed between issues 100 and 101. Various writers and artists paid tribute by aping the duos style, but came up a little short of the mark. The art: If anyone needed proof that Kirby was indeed a master and innovator, then look no further than some of the artists here who struggled in trying to copy him. The writing: It’s not easy imitating Stan Lee’s hyper-bombastic style without coming across as parody or condescension, still the writing does have its moments – usually centering around the interplay between The Thing and Mr. Fantastic. Even Stan Lee, who pens the last issue, seems to have lost a lot on his fastball. So what’s it about? Yes, that mega-asshat, Dr. Doom is on a scavenger hunt for the most powerful objects in the universe – the Cosmic Cube, Namor’s Horn o’ Tootin’, the Galactus appetite enhancement planetary eating thingy, the remote control gizmo that the Inhumans have, the Watcher’s tool that he uses to watch stuff with, Aunt May’s Ultimate Wheat Cakes recipe… As to the Fantastic Four Five, Crystal’s part of the group but doesn’t do much beyond hanging all over Johnny. Johnny can burst into flames. Nuff said. Larsen manages to avoid this kind of crap with the Invisible Girl… …but she still gets tired trying to use her force field powers… …but does manage to blow up a mandroid from the inside with a force field, showing off some of her future potential as a power to be reckoned with. Damn, that is some wicked bad ass sh*t, Mrs. Richards! It’s the relationship between the ever lovin’ blue-eyed Thing and Mr. Fantastic that greases the plot with some humor. To the reader’s benefit, The Thing constantly under cuts Mr. Fantastic’s pretentious monologues. Punching > Science talk Larsen makes sure to include most of the Marvel heroes of the day and some familiar villain encounters. Considering the lengths Doom took to become Mr. Awesome (Evil division) the ending lacks some pizazz. Bottom Line: Its heart was in the right place and it was a loving tribute to one of the great comic book runs, but it comes up short. More one-liners from the Thing would have been nice. If you like the Fantastic Four or comics from the sixties, you should definitely check this one out. And True Believer, the book is peppered with loads of splash pages suitable for pin-ups, like the ones below:

  2. 5 out of 5

    Todd

    One star off for inconsistent art. Story line is a fun throw back. Don’t expect a modern comic. Expect a love letter to the Lee and Kirby Era.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zachary King

    This book practically foams at the mouth with its nonstop action and its admiration for the Lee/Kirby run on Fantastic Four. The assembled creators do a bang-up job aping their predecessors, and the spirit of adventure and discovery pervades this oversized colorful hardcover. Nearly every Lee/Kirby creation is in here!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elliot Huxtable

    Astounding retro crossover

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    This could have been much better than it was. The art was fine and the story was rather fun, but the script lacked much of the feeling and honesty of those early days of Marvel. This is one of those retroactive continuity stories that can be extremely paradoxical and troubling, but Larsen pulls it off fairly well. The art has much in common with of Kirby's lesser offerings, but has nothing of the dynamic bunch that Kirby delivered effortlessly issue after issue in comics like Fantastic Four, Tho This could have been much better than it was. The art was fine and the story was rather fun, but the script lacked much of the feeling and honesty of those early days of Marvel. This is one of those retroactive continuity stories that can be extremely paradoxical and troubling, but Larsen pulls it off fairly well. The art has much in common with of Kirby's lesser offerings, but has nothing of the dynamic bunch that Kirby delivered effortlessly issue after issue in comics like Fantastic Four, Thor or many, many others. But could one really expect it to be on par with Kirby? No. And it would be unfair to go into this with that expectation. What does not live up to expectations though is the dialogue. While the overall story is fine, a bit light, but certainly readable and enjoyable, the script itself though is very flat and uninspired. In the end this series was enjoyable but not nearly as much fun as I had hoped it might be.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David

    Marvel Comics has drifted so far away from the classic universe set up by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee over the decades, it's nice to visit the original once again. But, I'm not convinced this homage is the way to do it. It's clear that Erik Larson and Keith Giffen are great fans of the old masters, not only here but in their whole body of works. These stories take place right after Fantastic Four #100, which is a terrific period to revisit. Larson, Giffen and their team attempt to recreate the look Marvel Comics has drifted so far away from the classic universe set up by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee over the decades, it's nice to visit the original once again. But, I'm not convinced this homage is the way to do it. It's clear that Erik Larson and Keith Giffen are great fans of the old masters, not only here but in their whole body of works. These stories take place right after Fantastic Four #100, which is a terrific period to revisit. Larson, Giffen and their team attempt to recreate the look and feel of Kirby and Lee. But they miss the target. It's just not wholly convincing. Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four is so readily available, and so much much better that I can't see how to really recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    A big love letter to the original Lee/Kirby run of the Fantastic Four, as well as the marvel U of the time. Basically, Larson got his FF fan fiction published. Which would be annoying if this wasn't such a fun read, as he goes nuts and makes a huge sprawling story that allows him to play with all the cool toys. Couple things that I think might be the first time they happened in a comic. Have the FF ever fought M.O.D.A.K. before? I could remember it happening and yet it's a brilliant idea. The FF visi A big love letter to the original Lee/Kirby run of the Fantastic Four, as well as the marvel U of the time. Basically, Larson got his FF fan fiction published. Which would be annoying if this wasn't such a fun read, as he goes nuts and makes a huge sprawling story that allows him to play with all the cool toys. Couple things that I think might be the first time they happened in a comic. Have the FF ever fought M.O.D.A.K. before? I could remember it happening and yet it's a brilliant idea. The FF visiting Kirby's version of Asgard was pretty cool too. Nothing earth shaking happening her, but just solid, old school comics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Devero

    Un finale alternativo alle trame lasciate in sospeso dall'addio di Jack Kirby alla Marvel nel 1970. Un esperimento che, ahimé, non si può dire ben riuscito ma che a tratti riesce a recuperare quella grandeur e quel senso di meraviglia che caratterizzarono il capolavoro continuo di Lee & Kirby. Un finale alternativo alle trame lasciate in sospeso dall'addio di Jack Kirby alla Marvel nel 1970. Un esperimento che, ahimé, non si può dire ben riuscito ma che a tratti riesce a recuperare quella grandeur e quel senso di meraviglia che caratterizzarono il capolavoro continuo di Lee & Kirby.

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    Luke

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    Michael Joseph Schumann

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