Fantastic Four #1 Review

Posted August 9, 2018 by Aron Pohara in Comic Books

Written by: Dan Slott

Art by: Sara Pichelli

Published by: Marvel Comics


After the five year absence the original Marvel Family comes home.

Question on everyone’s mind is:” was it worth the wait?” The book certainly looks pretty with Sara Pichelli on the art duties, but the book seems as more of an extension of Marvel Two in One and less like a proper Fantastic Four book. It seems like this is a Fantastic Four 0 issue.

Slott after years of working on Amazing Spiderman has taken the reigns of Fantastic Four. There are some interesting developments here that happen; especially around Ben Grimm aka “The Thing” but the book is littered with flashbacks that are meant to reintroduce old readers and show the new readers what exactly happened to the Fantastic Four.

By doing this however, the book splits the expectations of what exactly it is trying to be. Is this going to be a continuation of the story that ended so many years ago or is it going to be a brand new start where new readers are going to be able to jump onboard and enjoy these adventures.  It is that split that acts a determent to this issue; even though the characterization and the motives of the characters are on par.

Sara Pichelli really deserved this book. She has been doing stellar work for Marvel for many years now, from Ultimate Spider-Man to Guardians of the Galaxy and beyond, that it is nice to see that she gets such a flagship title under her belt. One could say it is THE flagship title of the Marvel universe. After all it is the book that put them on the map.

Her art here continues to astonish with some subtle changes to her previous style but not enough to make it unrecognizable. She really manages to adjust to drawing these characters in a new light and manages to put her own spin to the designs with keeping them instantly recognizable. It is almost that Marvel gave her Guardians of the Galaxy if as to test her, and if the first issue is any indication her art will certainly not disappoint here.

Fantastic Four was a book that was missing from Marvel catalogue from a while. It was a void that was certainly missed regardless of anyone’s views why it was there. It is great to see the book back and hopefully it will have more of an epic feel going forward and maybe issue #2 will be a true Fantastic Four book.

If you are longtime fan of Fantastic Four fan you are going to be pleased that the book is back even with it not hitting all the notes and if you are a new reader you can get a small sense of what this book meant for lot of people and why it is a staple in the Marvel Universe.


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Fantastic Four #1 Review

Posted March 3, 2014 by Patrick McAleer in

Fantastic Four #1 sees Marvel’s first family relaunched into the Marvel Now atmosphere. It also sees James Robinson take the reins of authorship with Leonard Kirk taking over pencils. New volume, new creative team and new suits for our eponymous heroes (red ones) but we still get some old school Fantastic Four heroics.
This issue opens with a seated Sue Storm penning a letter of apology to her children, trying to explain all the bad that seems to have befallen the Four. Exactly what has occurred remains unclear, but with an arc title like ‘The Fall Of The Fantastic Four’ – we can be sure it’s not good. So there is a weighty sense of foreboding permeating this first issue, yet we are treated to some good old-fashioned Fantastic Four action as they battle Fin Fang Foom in the middle of a city. It is in these scenes that the art team really shows it’s strengths. The action is on an epic scale , as necessitates any encounter with the massive Fin Fang Foom. Artist Leonard Kirk combines well with writer Robinson as in the midst of battle we see Reed be his analytical self, we see the nurturing side of Sue, the playful nature of Johnny and Ben’s desire to solve every problem with a Clobberin’ session. The colours from Jesus Aburtov really shine as the team go to work on Foom. I remain to be convinced on the team’s new look though.
With action where each member gets their moment to shine, tender moments later on that highlight how first and foremost this is a family (who are incidentally super-heroes) writer James Robinson seems to have a handle on this, one of the most important titles in the Marvel stable. Having piqued our interest with an unfolding tale which will apparently recount the demise of the Fantastic Four, this is a sure-footed first issue in a new volume for Marvel’s First Family.