This volume came out just in time to hit shelves
before the movie.
Title: Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 4
Credited to: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
Original Publication Date: 2005 reprint of material
from 1967 to 1969.
Cover Price: $16.99 US, $27.25 Can
Buy from: Amazon.com
Issues contained: Fantastic Four #64-83, as well as
Annual #5 and #6.
Past comic reviews can be found here.
The adventures of the Fantastic Four continue, taking
their first meeting with Annihilus, a confrontation
Thor, and Spider-Man, and the first of Franklin (who
been named by the end of the volume.)
The Silver Surfer’s attempt to bring the world
There may have been nine months between issues, but
there’s no way
there was nine months in the story to cover the length
pregnancy. (The story went from Sue’s surprising
announcement to the
birth in a matter of weeks.)
The title was cutting edge for a while, but this is
starting to get
into retreads. If not for the birth of Franklin, I
wouldn’t have seen
anything really innovative here. I give it 3 out of
The artwork is great, with some rather
expressive inking from
Joe Sinnott, particularly in the dark periods. I give
it 5 out of 6.
The story is the same type of stuff we had in
the first three
volumes, with few new villains. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization is the strength of the
story, with the
relationships being the core of the title, rather than
action. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response is pretty good. There
involving stories here, including the cure for Ben
Grimm. If there
wasn’t a fair amount of rehash mixed in, too, it would
great. I give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is very good, keeping the team
moving from one
adventure to the next. Unfortunately, the timelines
seem to mess up
the pregnancy, but that was unusual enough that they
might be able to
claim that Franklin was healthy and premature. I give
it 4 out of 6.
Overall, it’s a good silver age collection of
stuff, but it’s not the best volume in the series. I
give it 4 out of
In total, Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 4
receives 29 out of 42.