- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (February 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785150587
- ISBN-13: 978-0785150589
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fantastic Four, Vol. 5 (Marvel Masterworks) Paperback – February 23, 2011
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As if all this was not enough, Issue #50 can probably be counted as the true beginning of Marvel's dominance in the comic book industry. Superman and friends cold not compete in story or artistic content. And, rather than lasting a year or two, this team stayed in tact at this level for the next FIFTY ISSUES! During this time, even though Spiderman was and remains Marvel's top seller, The Fantastic Four was the idea mill. The Inhumans, Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and a myriad of Marvel's heroes and villains were born in the pages of Fantastic Four. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were building the entire franchise with characters and story lines that would run from the sixties all the way until now.
It was during this time that the "Soap Opera" aspect of comic book story telling took hold. Long before Graphic Novels, these epic stories spanned many many pages and read like screen plays. There were issues that dealt with very serious emotions and tragic situations. What would it feel like to be a hero trapped in the body of a crusty monster?Read more ›
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby pull off a real blockbuster in this volume. The marriage of Sue and Reed is a real treat and Lee and Kirby must have had as much fun bringing this story to life as much as it was for fans reading it - all of the Marvel Universe comes out - good guys and bad guys and all hell breaks loose on Sue and Reed's big day - everything that you would expect, happens in these panels - characters such as Nick Fury, X-Men, Avengers, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Spider Man all show and have to jump into action as villains such as; Mandarin, Kang, Super Skrull, Grey Gargoyle, Enchantress, Executioner, Attuma all try to crash the wedding - and who is the mastermind behind all the chaos - would have to be Dr. Doom right? Yep, of course. The excitement that ensues is a scene you might compare with one of those classic western bar-room brawls where everything gets utterly trashed - But thank goodness, Sue and Reed have their bliss at the end. But this book gets even better.
The chapters with the FF meeting the Inhumans and Dragon Man is an enjoyable story and Kirby's panels are wonderful. Black Bolt and Maximus scenes are particularly worth savoring. Its these types of stories that made reading the Fantastic Four so much fun.
And then we get the "Coming of Galactus" tale and his cosmic herald the Silver Surfer - these stories set the ground work for future tales and introduce us to some of the most intriguing characters in the Marvel Universe.Read more ›
Many people feel that the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby caught their creative stride with the now Marvel Milestone, The Coming of Galactus. I will admit that storyline was indeed a high point not only for the Fantastic Four but Marvel and comics itself, because this is when Marvel pretty much ran things and became rather invincible in the comic book world. I personally feel Lee and Kirby "got it right" several issues before the Galactus Trilogy, and it all started with their, at this point, recent encounter with Dr. Doom and especially The Frightful Four. The sinister group which was made up of the Wizard, Trapster, Sandman, and Medusa not only gave the Fantastic Four a run for their money, but they managed to beat them. This collection of stories pits the FF against their evil counterparts once again along with more exciting conflicts. This is a really good TPB. This book collects Fantastic Four issues 41 - 50.
The story begins with the Thing being captured by the Frightful Four, which quickly puts the Wizard's plan into action. This begins a multi-issue arc where things really look bad for the Fantastic Four. These issues are comic book writing at its best; full of suspense, great character interactions, and plenty of action. I will also point out that this was a great change of pace for the Sandman, because this bolstered his arch-enemies gallery as he was constantly fighting Spider-Man at this point. His powers were a true threat against the FF. He would later go on to battle the Hulk as well.Read more ›
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Just the most classic epics in an epochal series. Too bad the movie studios can't/won't do it justice.Published 4 months ago by Officer Bill
What I was quite disappointed at was the cover that this Volume 5 came with from Marvel; a disappointment at the very leastPublished on August 3, 2013 by Joseph A. Madajewski