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The Fantastic Four Omnibus Volume 2 (New Printing) Hardcover – December 17, 2013
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The downside to this omnibus is that it can be dense...a little wordy but overall, not a hard read. My biggest problems were the Human Torch/Crystal "love" story and how the Invisible Woman was written. The Human Torch/Crystal subplot was...not convincing. Both characters were obsessed with seeing each other again after The Inhuman city was incased in a big dome...after hardly knowing one another for less than a day, lol. That love story was off.
The other problem was Invisible Woman...specially the way she was written. Most throughout the book, Mr. Fantastic would talk harsh to her. She would be the damsel in distress or act like one. From someone who has read her in modern FF books, this is weird.
The good...there's quite a lot. The FF are team of explorers. So you see them go to different planets or dimensions. I loved how The Thing was written, such a fun character. You also have the origins of Dr. Doom & the Richards wedding. The best parts of the book were introductions of Marvel mainstays. The Galactus trilogy introduces the Silver Surfer & Galactus. In humans saga, were introduced to Black Bolt and his Inhuman kingdom. Lastly, the intro/origin of Black Panther....comics first black superhero!
Overall, I enjoyed this book! I would get volume 3 but it's gotten hard to find for a reasonable price(with Marvel getting the movie rights back to F4 & X-Men, there will most likely be a reprint). If you're a FF fan, I highly recommend picking this up. Though, if you're trying to get into the F4, I would hold off on it. I would recommend Hickman' F4 run first.
Kirby's Fantastic Four is regularly cited as being one of the greatest comics ever made, and this book should convince most people of that. The stories at the beginning of the book are a little lackluster, but somewhere around the first appearance of the Frightful Four, things really kick into high gear, and don't let up for the rest of the book. The stories are only hampered by the inking, the first inker in the book is Chic Stone, and while Stone is capable, he isn't Kirby's greatest inker. Something I found a little funny is Stone makes some of Kirby's women look like Roy Lichenstein paintings. After Stone left, he was replaced by Vince Colletta, one of the most notorious Kirby inkers. His issues are inked in a abysmal fashion, but after the darkest night, the brightest day followed, and Joe Sinnott became the inker of Fantastic Four. Sinnott's inks are perfect, and he is probably one of the three best Kirby inkers (the others being Wally Wood and Mike Royer)
Inking aside, the stories are incredible. Included are the issues of Fantastic Four generally considered to be the best, including the Galactus Saga and "This Man, This Monster!". I can't recommend this book enough, and it is much cheaper than buying the masterwork collections that collect the issues in this omnibus.
but the seed was planted, i grew up collecting comics no matter from wich country they came from. teachers sayed i would finish in jail at best. i did not, i opened an us comics books in paris in wich we sold all the marvel book from the silver age, exept for fantastic for n°1. often with my associate we dreamed of nice books"à la française", but in theses times of great obscurities, all what we got was cheap reprints with ugly color job. today my dreams comes true with magnificent books. imagine the finest aera of ff in a great book with a dust jacket, how could a comic lover live without? i bought also the dardevil miller omnibus and the new xmen. call it a good start for collecting
I missed this book when it came out, passing it up thinking I could buy it in the future. In that time the price went up dramatically. I finally got it on Amazon's Market place but I paid almost three times more than I would have if I got it when it came out. It was worth it though. It is my 4th Marvel Omnibus and the best by far. Cosmic adventures, awesome villains, quirky writing. Classic Material the best way it could be packaged.
This is one of the most rare Marvel Omnibus books out there now and it has not been reprinted. If you can get it under $200 it is a deal.