- Age Range: 9 and up
- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Paperback: 536 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (October 4, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078511484X
- ISBN-13: 978-0785114840
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 4 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – October 4, 2006
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The reproduction is some of the best in the Essential series. There was one error in the production of the book, a variant cover reproduced on the last page of the book is the same as the cover printed at the beginning of the book. The cover design doesn't exactly work either, and there is too much blank space on the front cover, but it is nice to see Kirby artwork on the front cover of his own material, unlike several of the other Essentials. These are minor quibbles, and I don't imagine they'll affect tne enjoyability of the book at all.
Comic book superheroes having children was a rather novel idea, but then having them get married was a rather radical notion (it took decades for Superman and Lois Lane to finally get hitched). But during the Silver Age of comic books the big idea at Marvel was to try and be (relatively speaking) more realistic. Reed Richards and Sue Storm loved each other, so instead of having years of lovers' quarrels like Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyke, it made sense for them to get married, and once they got married having a kid would be the next logical step.Read more ›
I can't help but feel that something in Jack Kirby died when he left the FF behind. Nothing before or ever since comes close to what he accomplished with Stan in the FF. The chemistry, the love-hate relationship between the two men - whatever went on - translated into a passion that remains one of the unparalleled artistic achievements in comicdom. For all the soap operatics and cornball cracks which appear in the series, each page is a fresh experience. No two frames look alike - and with thousands of pages of art - the villains, the drama, and the humour defined a comic generation.
I only wish this collection was available in full colour - and an affordable price! But the fact that it grabs you even in black and white is testimony to its punch.
Issues 64 and 65 classically introduce to the Kree Empire, first through a Sentry robot and then through Ronan the Accuser, a key moment in Marvel history.
Issue 66 and 67 are a somewhat so-so story about under earth people kidnapping Alicia for nefarious purposes. Not a great story.
Fantastic Four Annual #5 is a great annual. It's a 30 page story with the FF, the Inhumans, and Black Panther teaming up to find Pyschoman and some other villains plus a special announcement that Sue and Reed are expecting. It also includes a 12-page solo story for the Silver Surfer as he matches up with the vilainous Quasimodo.
Issues 68-71 are classic. While there have been other "Ben Grimm" turns evil stories, this was perhaps the most epic with a lot of twists and emotional tension.
After Issue 71, Reed and Sue decide to cut out on the FF but that's cut short when the Watcher has to summon them as the Silver Surfer has decided to start blowing things up to start world peace and the FF has stop in Issue 72.
Issue 73 is fun but somewhat gratuitous. Doctor has tricked the FF into fighting Daredevil and Spidey comes in along with Thor to even the odds. So it's a nice exhibition that's actually pretty pointless.
Issues 74-77 has Galactus returning to Earth to get the Silver to help him find a planet to eat and if he can't be found, Galactus will break his word and eat Earth. This forces the FF to go into a microscopic world to find the Surfer. It's a fun plot though to long-term Marveldom, it remains pretty inconsequential at the end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As stated in my review of Volume 5, Lee and Kirby are on curies control. Reed and Sue marry, Reed and Sue have a baby. A huge deal in comics in the late 60's. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thonza
classic fantastic four tales by jack kirby and stan lee - wish I still had the original comic books, but this is almsot as good. great book at great price, delivered on timePublished on November 23, 2012 by Richard Rogers
Over the past few months, I've been reading various Marvel Essential volumes (and DC's equivalent Showcase books). Read morePublished on July 28, 2007 by mrliteral
Sometimes more is just more; in this collection, that is not the case. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby continue to improve in skill and art as they tell marvel-lous tales about space,... Read morePublished on February 27, 2007 by David T. Pugh
Never has a title for a collected volume of work ever been more appropriate. This is truly Essential Fantastic Four. Read morePublished on January 29, 2006 by TicketKev
The Essential Fantastic Four Volume 4 shows that comics can be mature, poignant, and philosophical but still show the "Good Guy" (or Girl) slugging a villain right in his face. Read morePublished on November 9, 2005 by Ronin Ro
Volume 4 of the Fantastic Four is OK but not great. Ben goes crazy because he wants to be human so that Alicia may love him. Read morePublished on October 20, 2005 by Antonio