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Fantastic Four: The Life Fantastic (Fantastic Four (Marvel Paperback)) Paperback – September 20, 2006
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Also in this volume are two stories by Karl Kesel: "The Life Fantastic" and "A Death in the Family", pencilled by Drew Johnson and Lee Weeks respectively. The former is Sue and Reed's 40th Wedding Anniversary Special; the latter is a story that tries to be a lot more touching than it ends up being. Again, neither of these stories is bad, but neither is very good, either. Pretty mediocre.
The highlight of this collection is "My Dinner With Doom", written by Dwayne McDuffie, who's the new writer of the ongoing F4 title now that JMS has moved on, with art by Casey Jones. Not a perfect story, not great, but even though it's yet another story of Reed and Victor von Doom, it works, and works pretty well. I can't wait to see what McDuffie does with the regular book.
I'd give this book four stars for the JMS and McDuffie bits, but Kesel's stories are mediocre enough to drag it down to three. Still, if you can find it at a discount, it's a worthy addition to your F4 library.
I found the wedding anniversary story to be pretty boring, the premise was interesting but overall it didn't keep my attention well. Not much to say about that one.
The third story is fairly typical but I found it charming.
And the final story is a tale about time travel. It's funny and cute for awhile, until things go very wrong. Overall it's a very good story with a great conclusion, a slightly more realistic take on time travel in fiction.
I recommend for the last two stories, but only if it's under $10