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A threat to the minds of the whole human race sends the FF somewhere they've never been before: into the realm of fiction itself Where Ben finds himself clobbering a demonic army to save the cast of Sense and Sensibility No, really And it gets weirder from there Dante (not the one from Clerks) Willie Lumpkin Behold, the Fictocraft And it's actually kind of smart and seriou A threat to the minds of the whole human race sends the FF somewhere they've never been before: into the realm of fiction itself Where Ben finds himself clobbering a demonic army to save the cast of Sense and Sensibility No, really And it gets weirder from there Dante (not the one from Clerks) Willie Lumpkin Behold, the Fictocraft And it's actually kind of smart and serious, too. Collects Fantastic Four: True Story #1-4.


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A threat to the minds of the whole human race sends the FF somewhere they've never been before: into the realm of fiction itself Where Ben finds himself clobbering a demonic army to save the cast of Sense and Sensibility No, really And it gets weirder from there Dante (not the one from Clerks) Willie Lumpkin Behold, the Fictocraft And it's actually kind of smart and seriou A threat to the minds of the whole human race sends the FF somewhere they've never been before: into the realm of fiction itself Where Ben finds himself clobbering a demonic army to save the cast of Sense and Sensibility No, really And it gets weirder from there Dante (not the one from Clerks) Willie Lumpkin Behold, the Fictocraft And it's actually kind of smart and serious, too. Collects Fantastic Four: True Story #1-4.

30 review for Fantastic Four: True Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    catLin

    It was fun quick read. I enjoyed the meta moments and all the crossover characters. The adventure/plot was enteratining.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Timo

    So somebody thought it would be a good idea to show how many classic pieces of literature he knew and had read. And turn it to a mash up with Fantastic Four. And slap crappy art on the whole thing. Ok, there were some nice gags but still.... poop.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    If you've ever wanted to see Benjamin J. Grimm save the Dashwood sisters from horrors never before found in Jane Austen, this is your book. Want a team-up of the Human Torch & Mr. Toad? Dante & Sue Richards? Or see how Reed Richards deals with fictional realities? Give this a read. Fun stuff. If you've ever wanted to see Benjamin J. Grimm save the Dashwood sisters from horrors never before found in Jane Austen, this is your book. Want a team-up of the Human Torch & Mr. Toad? Dante & Sue Richards? Or see how Reed Richards deals with fictional realities? Give this a read. Fun stuff.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    The Fantastic Four are a tricky team to write; there was been a lot of good runs but also a lot of great mini-series. But even though they are Marvel's First Family--I feel they are often C-List. Except when great emphasis is made to put them in the forefront (i.e. Hickman's Secret Wars). As such, I feel wild approaches are needed to get them to rise above. Big in Japan is a good example, Unstable Molecules, 1234, Spider-Man/Human Torch, First Family, etc. True Story is one of those big ideas--i The Fantastic Four are a tricky team to write; there was been a lot of good runs but also a lot of great mini-series. But even though they are Marvel's First Family--I feel they are often C-List. Except when great emphasis is made to put them in the forefront (i.e. Hickman's Secret Wars). As such, I feel wild approaches are needed to get them to rise above. Big in Japan is a good example, Unstable Molecules, 1234, Spider-Man/Human Torch, First Family, etc. True Story is one of those big ideas--instead of exploring space, they become fictionauts--an inspired idea to be sure. In just doesn't entirely come together. The tone of the characters is hard (for example I still don't think Dan Slott has nailed it) and art doesn't always seem to suit. I.e. Horacio does great literary characters, but not a good Fantastic Four. It's a weird juxtoposition which doesn't always work--but it's quite fun, and gets to use Nightmare as a villian. Paul Cornell has an interesting idea--that Nightmare infiltrates the novel easily through decadent and postmodern literature--but stops before giving any interesting commentary. Then again, this is an all ages Fantastic Four book. He in the end kind of implicates Nightmare as "Dream" of the Endless. A cute nod. It's Sandman on a march smaller scale with Marvel characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A very fast read (it doesn't even break 100 pages), this book was so meta, I felt like it might implode... and it was also a ton of fun. The Fantastic Four go on an adventure into the realm of Fiction, with Dante as their guide. They encounter characters from "Sense and Sensibility," "Ivanhoe," and "The Wind in the Willows" (just to name a few), all while ultimately fighting Nightmare as he attempts to take over mankind by stealing our stories. A fun read that also delves into the importance of A very fast read (it doesn't even break 100 pages), this book was so meta, I felt like it might implode... and it was also a ton of fun. The Fantastic Four go on an adventure into the realm of Fiction, with Dante as their guide. They encounter characters from "Sense and Sensibility," "Ivanhoe," and "The Wind in the Willows" (just to name a few), all while ultimately fighting Nightmare as he attempts to take over mankind by stealing our stories. A fun read that also delves into the importance of stories, and how both reader and story are impacted by each other. Surprisingly deeper than it had any right to be (at least now and again), but above all, just a ton of fun.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I typically dig Paul Cornell's work, but FANTASTIC FOUR: TRUE STORY is a pretty big misfire. A if on the idea of people entering the land of fiction, the whole story is oddly disjointed tale, with sudden shifts in the plot, and poorly explained internall logic. Not helping is the art, which is fairly messy. Aside from the FF themselves, many of the characters are not distinguished enough from one another to be able to tell who is who. A hard pass. I typically dig Paul Cornell's work, but FANTASTIC FOUR: TRUE STORY is a pretty big misfire. A if on the idea of people entering the land of fiction, the whole story is oddly disjointed tale, with sudden shifts in the plot, and poorly explained internall logic. Not helping is the art, which is fairly messy. Aside from the FF themselves, many of the characters are not distinguished enough from one another to be able to tell who is who. A hard pass.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    I give the creators credit for trying to do something here that's not your normal superhero story. Unfortunately, the connection between fiction and those who create it and those who consume it is something that has been better explored in other comics, particularly Unwritten. This takes a big swing, but it never really connects. I give the creators credit for trying to do something here that's not your normal superhero story. Unfortunately, the connection between fiction and those who create it and those who consume it is something that has been better explored in other comics, particularly Unwritten. This takes a big swing, but it never really connects.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Ryken

    This was a really boring comic and the art was not great. Interesting idea but it has been done much better other media.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    This just felt wrong from the very beginning. It was never a Fantastic Four story, and even the villain Nightmare didn't work, just too far out of his comfort zone. This was a good Vertigo story shoehorned in as a mainstream superhero book, and it falls flat. The premise by Paul Cornell is very clever, and his writing is also very clever (great literary in-jokes, use of fictional characters etc) but the Fantastic Four never feel right, and needn't even be in this story. Done properly, as a mature This just felt wrong from the very beginning. It was never a Fantastic Four story, and even the villain Nightmare didn't work, just too far out of his comfort zone. This was a good Vertigo story shoehorned in as a mainstream superhero book, and it falls flat. The premise by Paul Cornell is very clever, and his writing is also very clever (great literary in-jokes, use of fictional characters etc) but the Fantastic Four never feel right, and needn't even be in this story. Done properly, as a mature readers Vertigo, this would have been a 4/5 star book, but as it stands it is a poor 2 stars (and I hesitated over that!) Avoid.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    For me, who's not very familiar with the whole Fantastic Four -thingy, this was pleasure as a story. Literature, stories, characters from stories - well, for a librarian it could have not been any better! It was very interesting plot I must say, and I kinda fell in love with Johnny-boy. Oops. I'd give this 5* if it was just the story. But the drawing itself, it was amazingly poor. I didn't like it at all. The cover was pretty, but the story itself was drawn in very poor way. Not just fan of that For me, who's not very familiar with the whole Fantastic Four -thingy, this was pleasure as a story. Literature, stories, characters from stories - well, for a librarian it could have not been any better! It was very interesting plot I must say, and I kinda fell in love with Johnny-boy. Oops. I'd give this 5* if it was just the story. But the drawing itself, it was amazingly poor. I didn't like it at all. The cover was pretty, but the story itself was drawn in very poor way. Not just fan of that kind of illustration. Ugh. So, 4* it is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rosa

    This is a great read for people who are into both comics and classics. Nightmare breaks into the world of fiction and begins to make people melancholy by destroying what gives them comfort. The Fantastic Four get into the world of fiction through their postman and you get an interesting look at how literature effects them and how they affect the literature the books they are moving through. I loved their interactions with the Dashwood sisters from Sense and Sensibility, and now I really want to This is a great read for people who are into both comics and classics. Nightmare breaks into the world of fiction and begins to make people melancholy by destroying what gives them comfort. The Fantastic Four get into the world of fiction through their postman and you get an interesting look at how literature effects them and how they affect the literature the books they are moving through. I loved their interactions with the Dashwood sisters from Sense and Sensibility, and now I really want to read Ivanhoe because I never realized that Robin Hood was a corruption of that story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    2.5 stars The artwork unfortunately lets this volume down quite a bit, which is a shame because the cover art looks great. It's a clever story, although hugely inspired by Jasper Fforde (in fact the ship is named after him so he is credited!), who I think handles the literary-world merging a bit better than Cornell does. As always these types of stories are fairly dependant on your familiarity with the stories they reference - I've read Sense and Sensibility, but never Ivanhoe or Nightmare, which 2.5 stars The artwork unfortunately lets this volume down quite a bit, which is a shame because the cover art looks great. It's a clever story, although hugely inspired by Jasper Fforde (in fact the ship is named after him so he is credited!), who I think handles the literary-world merging a bit better than Cornell does. As always these types of stories are fairly dependant on your familiarity with the stories they reference - I've read Sense and Sensibility, but never Ivanhoe or Nightmare, which I think affected my enjoyment of this volume. OK but I'm in the market for better FF stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    I was really quite surprised to see this pretty much universally reviewed with $ stars or above on here. I honestly detested this and had a hard time finishing it. The dialog didn't feel like it fit most of the characters. The art work was REALLY sub-par for a fantastic Four comic and REALLY didn't seem to fit the superhero genre. On top of that the story it's self seemed to be a story that wasn't really for the super hero genre at all and felt a lot like a story that was forced to fit these cha I was really quite surprised to see this pretty much universally reviewed with $ stars or above on here. I honestly detested this and had a hard time finishing it. The dialog didn't feel like it fit most of the characters. The art work was REALLY sub-par for a fantastic Four comic and REALLY didn't seem to fit the superhero genre. On top of that the story it's self seemed to be a story that wasn't really for the super hero genre at all and felt a lot like a story that was forced to fit these characters. Beyond that it REALLY didn't feel like a fantastic four story at all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Someone is stealing people's enjoyment of fiction. The Fantastic Four journey into the world of fiction to save it. This book is an absolute joy, so clever in its storyline and jokes. It truly is a love story about fiction. I would say who they meet but I don't want to spoil it. A very good read. Someone is stealing people's enjoyment of fiction. The Fantastic Four journey into the world of fiction to save it. This book is an absolute joy, so clever in its storyline and jokes. It truly is a love story about fiction. I would say who they meet but I don't want to spoil it. A very good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Constantina

    I'm not accustomed to the Fantastic Four universe so I'm not able to compare True Story with other stories. But the one thing I adored in this story was that it included many heroes of "classic" literature. It gave the story an intresting twist :) I'm not accustomed to the Fantastic Four universe so I'm not able to compare True Story with other stories. But the one thing I adored in this story was that it included many heroes of "classic" literature. It gave the story an intresting twist :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Cute, but it doesn't really feel like a Fantastic Four story. It probably could have been any superheroes, or any characters really. While Paul Cornell gets the personalities of each of the FF generally right, these personalities and powers aren't integral to the plot. Cute, but it doesn't really feel like a Fantastic Four story. It probably could have been any superheroes, or any characters really. While Paul Cornell gets the personalities of each of the FF generally right, these personalities and powers aren't integral to the plot.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    This battle in the Land of Fiction is pretty shallow, but Cornell’s writing is nonetheless clever and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I laughed the whole way through.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Cute story. I would've used a different artist. Definitely not my favorite Cornell story. Cute story. I would've used a different artist. Definitely not my favorite Cornell story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    T Icon

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rick

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Desmarais

  23. 5 out of 5

    CRG

  24. 5 out of 5

    John Culshaw

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martin Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  27. 4 out of 5

    NCCDBS

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Phillips

  30. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

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