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The Fantastic Four's road trip through time and space continues! On an alien world, the team encounters a thousand-year-old prophecy...is the Invisible Woman a long-awaited intergalactic messiah? Then, the F4 sightsee in ancient Rome and dine with Caesar on the Ides of March. Did somebody say, "pass the knife"? And it's a visit to both the beginning and the end of time, as The Fantastic Four's road trip through time and space continues! On an alien world, the team encounters a thousand-year-old prophecy...is the Invisible Woman a long-awaited intergalactic messiah? Then, the F4 sightsee in ancient Rome and dine with Caesar on the Ides of March. Did somebody say, "pass the knife"? And it's a visit to both the beginning and the end of time, as Marvel's first family witnesses the big bang and the big crunch! But to their surprise, they're not alone! What happens beyond the end of infinite time and space? Plus: one day a year, The Thing reverts to his human form. This year...Ben Grimm is going to go home again - as Ben Grimm! And when Franklin and Val have a sibling rivalry, all bets are off! Collecting: Fantastic Four 4-8, 5.AU


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The Fantastic Four's road trip through time and space continues! On an alien world, the team encounters a thousand-year-old prophecy...is the Invisible Woman a long-awaited intergalactic messiah? Then, the F4 sightsee in ancient Rome and dine with Caesar on the Ides of March. Did somebody say, "pass the knife"? And it's a visit to both the beginning and the end of time, as The Fantastic Four's road trip through time and space continues! On an alien world, the team encounters a thousand-year-old prophecy...is the Invisible Woman a long-awaited intergalactic messiah? Then, the F4 sightsee in ancient Rome and dine with Caesar on the Ides of March. Did somebody say, "pass the knife"? And it's a visit to both the beginning and the end of time, as Marvel's first family witnesses the big bang and the big crunch! But to their surprise, they're not alone! What happens beyond the end of infinite time and space? Plus: one day a year, The Thing reverts to his human form. This year...Ben Grimm is going to go home again - as Ben Grimm! And when Franklin and Val have a sibling rivalry, all bets are off! Collecting: Fantastic Four 4-8, 5.AU

30 review for Fantastic Four, Volume 2: Road Trip

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine. (?) I can’t remember the last time a Fantastic Four comic lived up to that imprimatur. Maybe this is why the book is being cancelled after fifty plus years of publication. If Matt Fraction, one of the better writers out there, can’t juice this title, then what hope is there? I’ve read the Fantastic Four since I was a kid. The first story* I came across was the one where Johnny Storm found an amnesiac Namor in a homeless shelter and saved him from the life of a The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine. (?) I can’t remember the last time a Fantastic Four comic lived up to that imprimatur. Maybe this is why the book is being cancelled after fifty plus years of publication. If Matt Fraction, one of the better writers out there, can’t juice this title, then what hope is there? I’ve read the Fantastic Four since I was a kid. The first story* I came across was the one where Johnny Storm found an amnesiac Namor in a homeless shelter and saved him from the life of an Atlantian, crack head, man-whore by dumping his fishy butt in the ocean and reviving him. Namor thanked him by unleashing a kraken on New York City and stalking his sister for years. You’re welcome. Ass. This story was penned by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and their run on the title was arguably their finest collaboration. This volume is a mixed bag, skewing towards the mediocre. Basic plot: Under the guise of a vacation, Reed is taking the family along as he tries to find a cure for a degenerative condition that is effecting him and the others. But, oops, he’s keeping this a secret from his wife. Moron. Doesn’t this clueless egghead remember what happened when Psychoman controlled her? Hint: she nearly killed him. Good luck with that one, genius! The family travels back and forth in time, Scooby Doos Blastaar, gets interrupted by an Age of Ultron issue (view spoiler)[the world’s in ruins, they all die (hide spoiler)] and end up on Yancey Street for one of the most nonsensical stories I’ve read in quite long time. I’m reading FF (Future Foundation,) this title’s sister publication and it seems that Matt Fraction had more fun penning that series than he is this one. *Marvel Collectors’ Item Classics #3 – Jolly Jeff

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    The FF are traveling in time and space, from the present day to ancient Rome, from the Big Bang to the final stages of the Universe. Reed planned the trip as a distraction while he attempts to find a cure for the condition that's slowly destabilizing his abilities … It's been a while since I read volume one, but I didn't have any trouble catching up. Matt Fraction does a decent job with the writing, skillfully coming up with the scientific double talk to justify what is essentially a Dr. Who plot The FF are traveling in time and space, from the present day to ancient Rome, from the Big Bang to the final stages of the Universe. Reed planned the trip as a distraction while he attempts to find a cure for the condition that's slowly destabilizing his abilities … It's been a while since I read volume one, but I didn't have any trouble catching up. Matt Fraction does a decent job with the writing, skillfully coming up with the scientific double talk to justify what is essentially a Dr. Who plot. Individual issues that stood out for me would be the Julius Caesar one, and the final issue with the origins of the Yancy Street Gang. While these are good, solid Fantastic Four comics, they're not going to replace my own personal definitive runs (the original Lee/Kirby issues, and John Byrne's tenure during the 80's). Certainly worth reading, though.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    OK, I'm still unconvinced that FF is the series for me. There's some good stuff, some great stuff, but also some ridiculous stuff. Fraction has the potential to be awesome (Hawkeye) but also way too ADD for me (Vol. 3 of this series). The best stuff is on the personal level. Ben has a day as his human form (this from the kids research to cure Ben during the Future Foundation days, I recall reading that one) and goes back to Yancy Street to stand up for the little guys, though I keep wondering if OK, I'm still unconvinced that FF is the series for me. There's some good stuff, some great stuff, but also some ridiculous stuff. Fraction has the potential to be awesome (Hawkeye) but also way too ADD for me (Vol. 3 of this series). The best stuff is on the personal level. Ben has a day as his human form (this from the kids research to cure Ben during the Future Foundation days, I recall reading that one) and goes back to Yancy Street to stand up for the little guys, though I keep wondering if the FF forgot to watch Star Trek's Prime Directive, for not interfering. There's an Ultron tie-in, with the 4 leaving messages to the kids as they go on a suicide mission to stop Ultron after his return to Earth, and it's perfectly done. The art is a little sketchy, but whatever. I found it perfect that Reed couldn't even talk, he had to write down his thoughts, and his rational science beliefs end up with a perfect meaning of life for religious and atheist alike. I also enjoyed the time-travel where they went to Ancient Rome and met Caesar, only to see that things were a little different than they thought...that's a time-travel one done right. The future implications are interesting, and I'd love to see that pop up again... Ben also makes a startling revelation to the kids, which sets up a chunk of Volume 3...he thinks he's responsible for the accident that transformed Victor into DOOM! Downsides? There's WAY TOO MUCH TIME TRAVEL. Sam already hit the nail on the head that Marvel is exhausting us as readers with every time travel story. This doesn't help. I love ideas as much as the next person, but at some point, there can be too much, so much so that you lose sight of the story. Matt Fraction has proven he can do great stories about people (see above, or any of the Hawkeye stuff), so he doesn't need to rely on Time Travel, Space, etc. There's some stuff with Blastaar, some alien race who mistakenly believes Sue to be their Goddess (we've seen this before with the FF and Atlantean races...not that long ago either...so that's a somewhat recycled idea). However, we also have Sue discover Reed's secret; that their family 'vacation' has actually been a fact finding trip to help cure their deterioration from whatever is pulling their molecules apart and destabilizing them. I wasn't interested in half of the stuff here, because at some point, travelling from the beginning of time to the end of time to free a super-villain from captivity, just in order to put him back into a different kind of prison is kind of a waste of time. I did like how Valeria especially is questioning Reed's decisions on many things, and pointing out that he arbitrarily makes rules and decisions that he shouldn't have the power to do. I am sure this foreshadows some developments in the future (assuming they pick these themes up). It's a mixed bag; there's good, there's ho-hum, and there's really interesting stuff as well. Long story short, this isn't "Shallow" enough for our group LOL. That and I'm going to tell you all about Vol. 3!!! Get this review and more at:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rylan

    I really like how Fraction writes the FF, he really understands the dynamic that this team has. They are a family first and foremost and Fraction goes a great job writing the family dynamic. I also really like that he’s having the family go on vacation through time and space I think the FF are at their best when they are exploring the unknown, they aren’t just superheroes but also adventures as well. The art is great, Bagley never misses a beat and this book is no exception. He puts a lot of det I really like how Fraction writes the FF, he really understands the dynamic that this team has. They are a family first and foremost and Fraction goes a great job writing the family dynamic. I also really like that he’s having the family go on vacation through time and space I think the FF are at their best when they are exploring the unknown, they aren’t just superheroes but also adventures as well. The art is great, Bagley never misses a beat and this book is no exception. He puts a lot of detail into his work without making anything look sloppy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Reed discovers the cosmic particles that give him and his family their powers are slowly killing them. Keeping the discovery to himself, he orchestrates a family holiday trip through time and space on the pretext of educating the children while searching for the cure he knows is out there. In this volume they encounter an alien world who inexplicably have cave paintings of the Fantastic Four dating back eons, travel back in time to the days leading up to Julius Caesar’s assassination, encounter Reed discovers the cosmic particles that give him and his family their powers are slowly killing them. Keeping the discovery to himself, he orchestrates a family holiday trip through time and space on the pretext of educating the children while searching for the cure he knows is out there. In this volume they encounter an alien world who inexplicably have cave paintings of the Fantastic Four dating back eons, travel back in time to the days leading up to Julius Caesar’s assassination, encounter the titan Blastaar, and Ben goes back to Yancy Street to visit his Aunt Petunia. Fantastic Four isn’t the hottest Marvel title being published and doesn’t seem to be talked about much by regular comics readers but, reading the second volume, I forgot how enjoyable the series is. Matt Fraction’s best known at the moment for his comics Hawkeye and Sex Criminals – deservedly so – and though his run on Fantastic Four and FF is over so that he can helm the new Marvel Event, Inhumanity, I feel that his work on the series has been of the same high quality. The opening chapter is an unabashedly heart-on-sleeve romantic love letter from Reed to Sue. Fraction retells the story of their relationship from the first time they met (when Sue, already a knockout, was somehow still single!) to the present day. The reveal of how the cave paintings came to be is syrupy sweet and sentimental in a way I liked purely for being so guileless. The Caesar issue is great fun and plays to the series setup of time travel adventure stories in a way that’s reminiscent of classic Marvel comics. The Age of Ultron tie-in issue is also included and it says a lot that, despite not liking the Event, the one issue, out of 20, that stuck with me was this tie-in. The Fantastic Four head back to Earth to help fight the Ultron invasion, leaving behind Franklin and Valeria on the time-ship as the kids spend the issue watching holographic messages from their family saying goodbye to them. It’s ridiculously sad, especially as the following issue doesn’t make any mention of the fact that the Four “died” or even left – it’s treated more like a nightmare Franklin dreamed. But Reed saying goodbye to his kids… aw, man. I did cry at that and thought the way Fraction handled it was absolutely perfect. A lot of this book deals with classic Fantastic Four-style stories with the two-part story of the Four encountering the titan Blastaar feeling like a Silver Age comic. Going back to witness the big bang, the Four discover Blastaar in the midst of his punishment, unknowingly interrupting it, before heading to the end of the universe to right their wrongs. You rarely see Blastaar these days as the only titan Marvel seem interested in is Thanos, so it’s good to see this crazy character make an appearance. Fraction’s writing is sharp, witty and funny, though more gentle and emotional than in his other comics. The stories in this book don’t really address the main storyline of searching for a cure but they’re still highly enjoyable imaginative stories to read. Mark Bagley’s art is absolutely brilliant. He’s thrown the task of drawing alien worlds, Ancient Rome, 1920s New York, and the end of the universe and he does amazing work in bringing such a vast range to life. He also has to draw one of the most difficult to draw characters in the Marvel Universe – the Thing – and does so magnificently (I was going to say “I really liked looking at Bagley’s magnificent Thing” but thought it’d sound a bit weird!). Fantastic Four, guys – it may not be at the top of anyone’s to read pile but when you get to it, it doesn’t disappoint!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    There's some really good stories in here. The first issue is basically Reed's love letter to Sue. It shows how their relationship developed, and it's sweet and believable. I also ended up really liking the Age of Ultron issue. No, really. See, it concentrates more on the emotions than the bombastics of an event like this. It isn't so much about the team fighting Ultron himself, though that does happen. It's really about the team saying goodbye to the children. Reed being so overcome with emotion There's some really good stories in here. The first issue is basically Reed's love letter to Sue. It shows how their relationship developed, and it's sweet and believable. I also ended up really liking the Age of Ultron issue. No, really. See, it concentrates more on the emotions than the bombastics of an event like this. It isn't so much about the team fighting Ultron himself, though that does happen. It's really about the team saying goodbye to the children. Reed being so overcome with emotion that he has to write his message to him... That's a scene that will stay with me. While it isn't nearly so emotionally effective, the time travel story with Julius Caesar is also well done, and has a surprising twist. The Blastaar story, on the other hand, was kind of meh to me. Maybe because I have no personal history with the character, so he was just sort of a random addition to me. And then there's the weird Yancey Street time travel thing. By then, I was just so, so over the whole concept of time travel (every issue in this volume has time travel in some form) and this was just such a silly, mundane use. It dragged. So that's three stories that were quite good, and two that were just kind of ok. Pretty good average.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    The best segments were the brief flashbacks to Reed and Sue's courtship - kind of adorable, actually - and the final chapter, in which Ben Grimm time-travels back to his Depression-era NYC 'hood ("YANCY STREET DON'T BEND!") to administer some rough justice. Otherwise, this volume was disappointing as it did not seem to live up to the previous book nor advance the main story-line. The best segments were the brief flashbacks to Reed and Sue's courtship - kind of adorable, actually - and the final chapter, in which Ben Grimm time-travels back to his Depression-era NYC 'hood ("YANCY STREET DON'T BEND!") to administer some rough justice. Otherwise, this volume was disappointing as it did not seem to live up to the previous book nor advance the main story-line.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joe Young

    Matt Fraction - writer Mark Bagley & Andre Araujo - artists The Fantastic Four's epic family vacation through time & space continues! Thrill as the superheroes travel to ancient Rome to hang out with Julius Caesar! Be touched by a love-note sent from husband to wife through the fog of time! Cheer for The Thing as he cleans up Yancy Street in 1920's New York! Another top-notch collection from Fraction & Bagley. This grahpic novel has the FF undertake many fun adventures but Reed, who is trying to ke Matt Fraction - writer Mark Bagley & Andre Araujo - artists The Fantastic Four's epic family vacation through time & space continues! Thrill as the superheroes travel to ancient Rome to hang out with Julius Caesar! Be touched by a love-note sent from husband to wife through the fog of time! Cheer for The Thing as he cleans up Yancy Street in 1920's New York! Another top-notch collection from Fraction & Bagley. This grahpic novel has the FF undertake many fun adventures but Reed, who is trying to keep his familys' degenerative disorder a secret, is coming apart at the seams. Like any wife with above-rock intelligence, Sue sees that Reed is hiding something. He comes clean, and they both have to tell Ben as he is showing signs of deterioration. There is a strong feeling of dread - waiting for the other shoe to drop - at the end of the collection. I can't wait to see what comes next! Recommended for fans of Comic Book and adventures through time and space. 4.5/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    There were a couple of really good stories in here, and some really mediocre ones. The manner in which each one was disconnected was disorienting and I was frequently left confused by how they were all connected. The Age of Ultron story plopped right in the middle without context was the worse, especially since the next issue picks up as if it never happened. Which if I remember the confusing mess of Age of Ultron it never did?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicolas

    I liked the story arc set up in volume one, but this felt more like a dull collection of vaguely connected standalones. Hopefully volume three gets it back on track. We talked about this run over on the All the Books Show: https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep... I liked the story arc set up in volume one, but this felt more like a dull collection of vaguely connected standalones. Hopefully volume three gets it back on track. We talked about this run over on the All the Books Show: https://soundcloud.com/allthebooks/ep...

  11. 5 out of 5

    James Lawner

    Consistent writing and artwork, this is basically Fantastic Four meets Doctor Who and it works so well like this (There’s even a Dalek reference!). There is an issue here that ties into Age of Ultron, which I haven’t read yet and I don’t think you need to worry too much about it when reading that issue, what is interesting is that the last issue connects back to that issue and I was actually surprised by that. Overall, This series feels like an animated series in comic book form; good stuff!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    The FF take a road trip in the guise of educating the kids. Fraction's wit is still present but the plot here was lacking. Their run in with Caesar and with a familiar face at the end of time were lackluster. The subplot with Reed 's powers is still the most interesting thing about the book. Mark Bagley delivered some really good work but didn't get a great chance to show off. Overall, a decent book with a lot of potential. The FF take a road trip in the guise of educating the kids. Fraction's wit is still present but the plot here was lacking. Their run in with Caesar and with a familiar face at the end of time were lackluster. The subplot with Reed 's powers is still the most interesting thing about the book. Mark Bagley delivered some really good work but didn't get a great chance to show off. Overall, a decent book with a lot of potential.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.75 Stars I like the FF, always have. While these stories are not great, it is at least an attempt to do something somewhat different with a comic that has been around for 50 years. The writer gets some credit for that. Little jumpy in places, and Johnny's immaturity was heavy-handed at times, but still an enjoyable read for the sci-fi superhero fan. 3.75 Stars I like the FF, always have. While these stories are not great, it is at least an attempt to do something somewhat different with a comic that has been around for 50 years. The writer gets some credit for that. Little jumpy in places, and Johnny's immaturity was heavy-handed at times, but still an enjoyable read for the sci-fi superhero fan.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    The Fantastic Four continue their road trip, meeting new aliens, visiting Ancient Rome, and going to the Big Bang. Things are not that straight forward as Sue is starting to suspect that Reed is hiding something. This is a fun book and you really get the sense of the importance of family in it. I particularly liked Reed's version of falling in love with Sue. A very good read. The Fantastic Four continue their road trip, meeting new aliens, visiting Ancient Rome, and going to the Big Bang. Things are not that straight forward as Sue is starting to suspect that Reed is hiding something. This is a fun book and you really get the sense of the importance of family in it. I particularly liked Reed's version of falling in love with Sue. A very good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Timo

    Did Marvel tone down all the wildest things Fraction had in his mind with Fantastic Four or was he just scared when he got his hands on this Marvel icon. This just feel a bit lame. Good art, but lame story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dogan

    The first volume was good, but I was really bored when I read this one. Anytime I try to continue to any Fantastic Four run, I give up at the end of the few issues. Fantastic Four comic series similar to adapted Fantastic Four movies in a way; high potential, quite a nice prologue, and that's all. The first volume was good, but I was really bored when I read this one. Anytime I try to continue to any Fantastic Four run, I give up at the end of the few issues. Fantastic Four comic series similar to adapted Fantastic Four movies in a way; high potential, quite a nice prologue, and that's all.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Brown

    Can I rate issues 4-7 3 stars and #8 5 million stars? Because I would. Yancy Street Don't Bend. Can I rate issues 4-7 3 stars and #8 5 million stars? Because I would. Yancy Street Don't Bend.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mr Osowski

    I basically never read Fantastic Four. But Fraction makes it worthwhile. Probably my favorite modern writer.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexson

    A very fun and kooky trip that also tries to be more ambitious and deeper in emotional storytelling than the usual Marvel fare. 7/10

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathanael

    In the second volume of the Fraction relaunch of Fantastic Four, the original Four plus Valeria and Franklin are still randomly voyaging through time and space. Each issue is set in a different time and place, ranging from the beginning of the universe to the very end. Banter abounds, but the plot is thin. I've really enjoyed Fraction's work on other Marvel titles, Hawkeye in particular, and I did enjoy this volume. However, it is not a Fantastic Four run that I can see being considered an indisp In the second volume of the Fraction relaunch of Fantastic Four, the original Four plus Valeria and Franklin are still randomly voyaging through time and space. Each issue is set in a different time and place, ranging from the beginning of the universe to the very end. Banter abounds, but the plot is thin. I've really enjoyed Fraction's work on other Marvel titles, Hawkeye in particular, and I did enjoy this volume. However, it is not a Fantastic Four run that I can see being considered an indispensable part of the reading canon. That isn't to say that it's terrible or not worth reading at all. Fraction has a great grasp of the characters and the banter between Valeria and Franklin and Johnny and Ben makes for a fun read. There are some great story ideas, like Ben using his one day as a human for that year to go back in time and protect Yancy Street from mobsters and the unexpected fate of Julius Caesar. There is the barest hint of a story arc, in the form of the disease killing Reed. The problem though is that this is really not elaborated on. Reed never seems to actually work on solving the problem. When it is brought up, it's either in the form of Reed feeling guilty for keeping it a secret from the others or Sue being angry with him for keeping the secret. For Reed's life literally being on the line, as well as possibly the rest of the team, there doesn't seem to be much in the way of urgency there. Ultimately, this lack of a solid arc leaves each issue feeling disconnected, reminding me more of the sadly cancelled A+X than the typical ongoing Fantastic Four series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Didn't expect to enjoy the second volume of the Fantastic Four book more than the second volume of the FF book, but hey - I did. And look, both books that Fraction is writing (and really almost every book Matt Fraction is writing right now), are really good. But the reason I liked this book so much, or at least at all, is because it hit the Fantastic Four beats so well, the beats that make me love this book so much (when it's good). It is a huge adventure story, transcending space and time, but at Didn't expect to enjoy the second volume of the Fantastic Four book more than the second volume of the FF book, but hey - I did. And look, both books that Fraction is writing (and really almost every book Matt Fraction is writing right now), are really good. But the reason I liked this book so much, or at least at all, is because it hit the Fantastic Four beats so well, the beats that make me love this book so much (when it's good). It is a huge adventure story, transcending space and time, but at it's root, it is still a family story - and even when it gets sappy (and it DOES), it's just great. It works, because you LOVE this family. You love the FF family too and all the little kids at the Future Foundation, but the core 4 (6 now) really strike a nerve with me. That all being said, this isn't as good as when Hickman was writing, though that is one of my favorite runs on any comic book in recent history, but it doesn't have to be. It is serving it's purpose wonderfully, just kind of doing one-off (not really) stories in time - my favorite type of stories. Bagley is good for the most part, but he's never really been my favorite. Arajuo on the Age of Ultron tie-in is awesome though and will be looking for him some more. Anyway, it's just enjoyable. Will be sad to see Fraction off these books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Silas

    I haven't read Fantastic Four a whole lot in the past, and this volume has me questioning why. I am, of course, familiar with the characters, since they have shown up in a lot of other places (other comics, movies, an animated series from years ago), I have read some Fantastic Four comics, and know more or less how the characters work. I also read the previous volume. This was both a lot of fun, and really moving. It emphasizes the Fantastic Four as a family, and gives them some real conflicts t I haven't read Fantastic Four a whole lot in the past, and this volume has me questioning why. I am, of course, familiar with the characters, since they have shown up in a lot of other places (other comics, movies, an animated series from years ago), I have read some Fantastic Four comics, and know more or less how the characters work. I also read the previous volume. This was both a lot of fun, and really moving. It emphasizes the Fantastic Four as a family, and gives them some real conflicts to deal with, both external and internal. Right in the middle of the story, there is a diversion for the Age of Ultron story, which both had touching moments of self-sacrifice that brought a tear to my eye, and set up another big conflict that will likely come up in the next volume. In between those moments, there were multiple time travel storylines that were both fun single issue stories, educational opportunities (this would be great for younger kids), and interesting thought experiments. This was all really tight, well-executed, and tied together interestingly. I am definitely interested in seeing how this storyline continues, and this is so good, I am now interested in going back and reading more Fantastic Four.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Shockingly mediocre. Very little stands out in this book of short stories with little consequence. Worse, the characterization is pretty blah. I particularly hate Fraction's Val who has very little of the gumption of Hickman's character. Worse, Fraction sets the Fantastic Four on a big quest, and then largely ignores it in the plot. Theoretically Reed is going from place to place to find a cure ... but you'd hardly know that from the plotline. Issue #5.AU was one that I didn't know whether to lov Shockingly mediocre. Very little stands out in this book of short stories with little consequence. Worse, the characterization is pretty blah. I particularly hate Fraction's Val who has very little of the gumption of Hickman's character. Worse, Fraction sets the Fantastic Four on a big quest, and then largely ignores it in the plot. Theoretically Reed is going from place to place to find a cure ... but you'd hardly know that from the plotline. Issue #5.AU was one that I didn't know whether to love or hate. It's one of the only good stories in the bunch, but it really undercuts the whole roadtrip by returning to reality, and the whole taped-messages-to-the-kids thing seems intended to torture them. However, I did sort of like the final issue. It's another minor bit of fluff, but it portray an interesting Ben Grimm, particularly as his subplot builds form 5.AU. But everything other than those two issues is mostly a waste.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

    I enjoy the work Fraction has done with the secondary characters in the parallel series, FF, but this volume just falls into the trap of cliched Fantastic Four. Reed is the withholding genius, unable to tell Sue how much he loves her, even as she's the glue that holds the family together. Ben is a gruff grump, and Johnny, who doesn't get much screen time, is his usual shallow self. The group jumps between wacky tales of time and space, like an old Weird Tales compilation, but whether they're mee I enjoy the work Fraction has done with the secondary characters in the parallel series, FF, but this volume just falls into the trap of cliched Fantastic Four. Reed is the withholding genius, unable to tell Sue how much he loves her, even as she's the glue that holds the family together. Ben is a gruff grump, and Johnny, who doesn't get much screen time, is his usual shallow self. The group jumps between wacky tales of time and space, like an old Weird Tales compilation, but whether they're meeting an alien Caesar or traveling back through time to keep mobsters from bugging Ben's Aunt Petunia, there's not a strong sense that any of it matters very much. They're just killing time until they can deal with the big story. It's not terrible (well, the first issue was, to my taste), but it's not very fresh either. Read digital versions

  25. 5 out of 5

    sixthreezy

    The last issue in this volume was great, but other than that I was unimpressed. Something about getting into time travel and alternate universes and dimensions just disinterests me. It takes so long to get everything out onto the page that you need to explain what's going on, that I become bored and rather insulted by the lack of actual story occurring from page to page. Space and time in comics needs to be brief, to allow a central story to form. This volume took several issues, really in my mi The last issue in this volume was great, but other than that I was unimpressed. Something about getting into time travel and alternate universes and dimensions just disinterests me. It takes so long to get everything out onto the page that you need to explain what's going on, that I become bored and rather insulted by the lack of actual story occurring from page to page. Space and time in comics needs to be brief, to allow a central story to form. This volume took several issues, really in my mind, just to set up the last issue which was great. So while I can't say I was a fan of the whole volume and the time it took to set up the last issue, it's probably worth a read if you're a Fantastic Fan.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    The Fantastic Four went from feeling epic (during Jonathan Hickman's run as writer) to feeling trivial (during Matt Fraction's current run). There are no stakes in a story where a character (who will definitely not die) is trying to find a cure to his disease. Of course Reed will find the cure to save the Fantastic Four. How could he not? I just hope he finds it in the next volume so that we can move on from this. The only two things that made this volume worth the read were (1) the last page of The Fantastic Four went from feeling epic (during Jonathan Hickman's run as writer) to feeling trivial (during Matt Fraction's current run). There are no stakes in a story where a character (who will definitely not die) is trying to find a cure to his disease. Of course Reed will find the cure to save the Fantastic Four. How could he not? I just hope he finds it in the next volume so that we can move on from this. The only two things that made this volume worth the read were (1) the last page of the issue where the FF visits Julius Caesar in the past, and (2) the fact that the events of the Age of Ultron tie-in issue (issue #5AU - set in an alternate timeline) will have an impact on future storytelling. Other than these two things, I'd recommend passing on this volume.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Will Robinson Jr.

    I am really enjoying Matt Fraction's run on FF thus far. FF has been greatly overshadowed by Marvel's other team books, The Avengers and X-men. I still fill that this superhuman family is still relevant today. What I love most about this volume and even the one before it is that Mr. Fraction has really return the book to the tone that Stan Lee and Kirby created. The FF have always been about the importance of family. Mr. Fraction does a good job of keeping the action exciting enough while still I am really enjoying Matt Fraction's run on FF thus far. FF has been greatly overshadowed by Marvel's other team books, The Avengers and X-men. I still fill that this superhuman family is still relevant today. What I love most about this volume and even the one before it is that Mr. Fraction has really return the book to the tone that Stan Lee and Kirby created. The FF have always been about the importance of family. Mr. Fraction does a good job of keeping the action exciting enough while still leaving room for those character driven heartfelt moments. The sciece fiction elements to the stories told in this volume are intriguing as well. I can not wait to the next volume.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    I don't understand why the FF went to the past to meet Caesar when the point of the trip is to move into space to search for a cure for Reed. So color me a stickler for logistics, but that was weird. I am not a fan of Bagley's art, so I thought this was a mismatch from the get-go. The fill-ins are actually superior to his dated, 90s style. That's why previous artists like Ladronn or current artists like Quinones are so much more suited for this book. It needs to be gonzo, space opera, imaginative I don't understand why the FF went to the past to meet Caesar when the point of the trip is to move into space to search for a cure for Reed. So color me a stickler for logistics, but that was weird. I am not a fan of Bagley's art, so I thought this was a mismatch from the get-go. The fill-ins are actually superior to his dated, 90s style. That's why previous artists like Ladronn or current artists like Quinones are so much more suited for this book. It needs to be gonzo, space opera, imaginative hyperrealness. And Bagley is too generic for that. The stories, on the other hand, are interesting with the renewed emphasis on family dynamic over Marvel continuity muck.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Fraction's brief run continues with the FF and the Richards kids touring time and space while Reed covertly seeks a cure for his mystery science illness. The characterisation is still a bit back-to-basics in places (which is not a good thing when you have a) characters created by Stan Lee who b) have undergone significant transformative life events since), but there are still some suitably mad stories here, ones which do justice to the team's explorer concept. So we get a visit to the Ides of Ma Fraction's brief run continues with the FF and the Richards kids touring time and space while Reed covertly seeks a cure for his mystery science illness. The characterisation is still a bit back-to-basics in places (which is not a good thing when you have a) characters created by Stan Lee who b) have undergone significant transformative life events since), but there are still some suitably mad stories here, ones which do justice to the team's explorer concept. So we get a visit to the Ides of March that recalls a nu-Who celebrity historical, a nice little heist at the end of everything, and a pugnacious return to Yancy Street.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maja Kron

    3,5 stars It was a lot of fun to follow the guys on a journey through time. Sometimes it was, just like the first volume, a bit confusing and with changing artwork, and that's a problem I have with these. Also they didn't really bring up Medusa and the other ones they left behind as replacements, and I would've liked to see at least one scene from their time, but otherwise I really liked it, and I loved the Ceasar elements to it. I want to continue on with these and I'm becoming more and more fon 3,5 stars It was a lot of fun to follow the guys on a journey through time. Sometimes it was, just like the first volume, a bit confusing and with changing artwork, and that's a problem I have with these. Also they didn't really bring up Medusa and the other ones they left behind as replacements, and I would've liked to see at least one scene from their time, but otherwise I really liked it, and I loved the Ceasar elements to it. I want to continue on with these and I'm becoming more and more fond of the fantastic four.

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