I picked this up to get ready for August’s Essential Human
Torch Vol. 1
. This is the volume that includes the
introduction of Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and the Inhumans.

General Information

Title: Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 3

Credited to: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Original Publication Date: 2001 reprint of material first published
from 1965-1967.

The Issues: This contains issues 41-63 of volume one, as well as
annuals 3 and 4. Summaries of all issues can be found at Jay’s Comic Book
, which is extremely complete.

ISBN: 0-7851-0782-7

Cover Price: $14.95US, $21.95Can

Buy from: Amazon.com
or Amazon.ca


Marvel’s First Family is forced to deal with the hunt of the Black
Panther, the empowerment of Doctor Doom, the coming of
Galactus, and

High Point

Issue 59, with the cosmically powered Doctor Doom and Black

Low Point

The depiction of Wyatt Wingfoot. Has there ever been a Native
American comic book character who wasn’t a peaceful, athletic
who has a natural way with animals?

The Scores

The introduction of Galactus and the Silver Surfer added a
element to the stories that wasn’t previously present in the
Universe. That, combined with the introduction of the Inhumans
and a
few new villains, gives this a more original feel than
previous volume. I give it 5 out of 6.

The Jack Kirby artwork is Jack Kirby artwork. It’s
clean and
clear, and at this stage of the game, always on model. The lack
colour detracts from some of the images, though. I give it 5 out

The stories being told are usually well done. Some
of the
three-part stories feel a big dragged out, and the coming of
didn’t live up to its reputation. (For example, there is no mention,
at all, of the Ultimate Nullifier’s effects or limitations. All we
know is that it scared Galactus, and he offered to leave Earth,
only if he could take the weapon with him. I don’t know why Reed
trusted him enough to hand it over, though.) I give the stories 4
of 6.

The characterization of the characters we’d already
hasn’t changed a bit. We still see the same aspects to all of
that we saw last time. Most of the new characters are villains,
they’re very one-dimensional. The only well developed new
is the Silver Surfer, but if that’s what you’re looking for, I’d
suggest picking up his own Essential volume first. I give this
2 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was weak for
most of
it. The Coming of Galactus didn’t live up to its reputation, and
of the villains were too boring to make me care about the battles.
Issue 59, with the Inhumans, Silver Surfer, and Doom all working
parallel stories, did work very well. I give the entire volume 3 out
of 6.

The flow is cursed by Stan Lee’s wordy combat
Otherwise, it’s very good. I give it 3 out of 6.

Overall, it’s an entertaining read, if imperfect. I give
4 out of 6.

In total, Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 3 recieves 26
out of 42.