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Fantastic Four Mass Market Paperback – May 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star; Film tie-in edition edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416509801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,190,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin.

David is also well known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.

He lives in New York.

Customer Reviews

Save your money on this...and purchase a ticket instead!
Peterack
Every character was handled well, and you could really feel for some of the characters (especially with Ben).
Josefa Gomez
If you liked this book check out The movie, soundtrack, game and the motion picture score.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stafford on June 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
*STORY* - A crew of four men and a woman go on a scientific trip to space into the center of a cosmic storm; perhaps to somehow unlock the secrets of the human gentic code. However, things go teribly wrong when the cosmic storm moves at an astonishingly acclerating rate. The cosmic radiation changes and mutates their DNA... changing their very lives and future.

*CHARACTERS* - Here are brief sketches of the characters from the book and upcoming summer movie for the year 2005...

Dr. Reed Richard (Mr. Fantastic) - A scientific genius whose ultimately problem is thinking too much before taking any action, Reed inevitably becomes the leader of what will become the Fantastic4. His new powers enables him to stretch and contort his body into any shape.

Susan Storm (Invisible Girl) - Reed's ex-girlfriend who still harbors feeling for the scientist while continually being frustrated by him, has the power to make herself become invisible and create force fields.

Ben Grimm (The Thing) - Reed's best friend and former astronaut-from-Brooklyn, he's known for his surly manner and dry humor. The radiation mutated him into a rock-like, superhumanly stronge 'thing'.

Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) - Sue's hotheaded younger brother, he's known for chasing thrills (not to mention the ladies...). His abilites include engulfing his body into flames and flying.

Victor Von Doom (Doctor Doom) - The financier for the whole expidition into space, he is Reed's long time rival who is now a billionaire industrialist. Though many believed him to have been kept safe from the radiation, he actually did not escape the 'incident' unscathes and unchanged...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. VINE VOICE on June 14, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
These days I don't often read tie-in novelizations of upcoming films, preferring to wait and experience the actual movie, which most would agree is probably the best way to discover a story designed for the screen. But novelizations can often be fun, and this one was written by the talented comic book writer Peter David (who adapted the film script written by three other folks), so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

Sadly, if the movie sticks close to the story in this paperback, it will end up being a wasted opportunity to bring something great to the screen. In the comments that follow, I'll discuss this book, but I'm really talking about the movie on which the book is based.

Overall, Mr. David does his best to make the story work in book form, toning down idiotic sight gags (yes, Reed Richards gets kicked in a sensitive place by Ben Grimm when Reed tests Ben's reflexes with a little hammer blow to Ben's newly-rocky knee), but in the end two adjectives come to mind to describe this story: silly and thin.

What's depressing is that this is the Fantastic Four, the title that established Marvel Comics' famous formula of heroics combined with melodrama, where the heroes can save the world one issue but not be able to make its lease payment on their headquarters the next. Where wonderment and imagination permeated every issue of the original FF comic book no matter the personal dilemmas taking place. Other movies should be looking in reverence to the Fantastic Four movie to see how a super-hero movie should be done. Sadly, though, it's probably a good idea that other films don't emulate this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian J. Johnson on May 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The only reason this didn't get a five is because I need to actually see how Doom translates on the screen...being a Doom fanatic, it will be important to see how this works.

Overall, the characterizations are flawless for the F4...The Thing is miserable over his rocky exterior, the Human Torch is arrogant, cocky, and a ladies man, the two of them bicker back and forthy like they should, Invisible Womanis the motherly type, trying to keep everyone focused and offer support. She is also the director of genetic research at Von Doom Industries. Mr. Fantastic is the resident brain of the group but he is unsure of himself, as he tries to take care of everyone at once, he falls prey to...

Victor Von Doom, aka Dr. Doom, who runs Von Doom Industries and after the cosmic storm, becomes obsessed with destroying Richards and his family !

I can't wait until July 8 !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josefa Gomez on June 15, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is awesome and (no pun intended) fantastic! I never take my time to write a review and this is my first.

Fantastic 4 is a very entertaining read. And I agree with the past reviewer as I also could not put this book down. It was a real page turner, I just wanted to keep on reading, and only a VERY GOOD book makes me do that.

I will admit that some of the dialogue is cringe worthy, but other parts defintely make up for that.

Every character was handled well, and you could really feel for some of the characters (especially with Ben).

All in all, I was also quite impressed with this novel, and even though I was hyped about this movie before, I am now SUPER-hyped about the movie after reading this book.

Thanks to this book, I am now really looking forward to the movie as I know it will be FANTASTIC!

This could defintely have the potential to be the next "X-Men", or even the next "Spider-Man".
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