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Fantastic Four, Vol. 1 Hardcover – August 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Fantastic 4 (Numbered Hardcover) (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785114866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785114864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has written a wider variety of well-known comics characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time. (Secretly, however, he prefers SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT and his IRREDEEMABLE collections as his favorite works he's produced.)

With over twenty years of experience in his field, Waid maintains a blog at www.markwaid.com that is full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both.

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I honestly believe that this is Mark Waid at his best.
Oeren
Those who purchase this collection have much more to look forward to.
Michael F. Hopkins
If you are new to the FF, then this book will lure you in.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on August 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For all the contributions that author Mark Waid has made to the Sequential Arts, it has taken a long time for Marvel Comics to give him his just due. Standout renditions of Ka-Zar and Captain America were all but flatly given the heave-ho after relatively short runs in the 1990s (Waid losing Cap twice!), and the work collected in the book featured here was almost cut short by apparent management issues (the same type which cost Marvel its overall best work and finest authors by the late 1970s, crippling the company until fairly recently years).
Thank Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada for stepping in, and setting things right, as he has generally done during his ongoing rededication & refining of the House that Kirby, Ditko, Thomas and Lee built. Because of this, the author of the classic KINGDOM COME and SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT continues to write some of the most inspired FANTASTIC FOUR sagas to be seen in quite some time.

Judge the results by reading this handsome hardcover collection of Waid's first FF stories from 2002-3. With art principally by the astonishing Mike Wieringo and the ever-present inks of Karl Kesel, the visual look is a powerful blend of quick cartoon and classic portrait, giving that feel of something simple communicating an intricate thematic wallop.
One may think of WATCHMEN's Dave Gibbons, and his expertise in this clearly defined, highly elusive area, but Wieringo has a mastery all his own here, and it grows with each panel. The character play in this series, always a crucial necessity for the FF, is captured so thoroughly, so beautifully in each face, in every move, with any emotion to bear.

Then, there's the writing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on April 27, 2007
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I love the FF and I love Mark Waid, and so this title is a no brainer. Mark brings a freshness to the FF that has been missing for quite a while. He seems to bring out the best in them, and look at them in a new way. The strength of the FF has always been that they have been a family. And that is just something that allows the writers to have a different type of dynamic in a story that is something that you don't often read about no matter what sort of literature you are into. If you are a fan of Mark Waid or the FF, and you haven't read in a while, this book will not disappoint. If you are new to the FF, then this book will lure you in. It's a must buy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Promish on January 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I remember when these stories came out in their original monthly format. I hadn't read the series since the eighties, but as Mark Waid had written some of my favorite comic books (Empire) of the past decade, and superhero books (JLA Vol. 7: Tower of Babel) in particular, I decided to give it a look. The stories seemed interesting but the artwork put me off at the time. Mike Wieringo's drawings struck me as cartoonish, especially compared to what I was used to seeing on the series in its heyday. It looked like a child's book. I put the issues back on the shelf, but certain elements I had glimpsed while browsing would stick in the back of my mind.

More recently, a strange thing happened. I had seen the Fantastic Four movies. They weren't good, but they reignited my interest in the group anyway, perhaps by inadvertently reminding me of what it was like when they were being done well. Suddenly, I wanted to read these stories I had passed up a few years earlier.

This volume is a perfect jumping on point for new readers, as the first story effectively introduces the characters while keeping things entertaining for those of us who are already familiar with them. Waid continues to take the group to exciting new heights with stories involving such imaginative concepts as an out-of-control wave of molecular instability and a sentient creature composed of pure mathematics. But the centerpiece of this collection is a multi-part storyline in which the Fantastic Four's greatest foe is frighteningly reimagined. Unfortunately, it's here where the art really lets the story down.
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By Oeren on July 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Let me tell you, I had my doubts while this book was coming in. I thought about how little I knew about the Fantastic Four and about how the only real reason I ordered it was because it was considered as one of Mark Waid's greatest work.

Boy, how quick did those thoughts leave my mind when I started reading. I honestly believe that this is Mark Waid at his best. Although I probably won't get into FF (due to financial reasons), Mark Waid gave me one hell of a ride with this one.

It was a perfect blend of sci-fi, sitcom type comedy, drama, and just plain awesome superhero stuff.
Sci-fi in that they go into alternate dimensions and such.
Sitcom in the way Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm interact with each other (so much fun to read!).
Drama in that Mark Waid seems to have surpassed the level of pathos he normally settles with in his other story. Pathos being the component which, I believe, is Waid's strongest point.

If you were ever given the choice to read ONE book by Mark Waid which isn't Kingdom Come. You should choose this one.
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