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Essential Fantastic Four - Volume 9 [Paperback]

Len Wein , Marv Wolfman
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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (27 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785184104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785184102
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 17 x 3.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 311,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential Fantastic Four: Volume 9 It's another fantastic volume of classic FF action! Marvel's first family heroically battles the Brute and takes on Salem's Seven for the life of young Franklin - so why, when the Molecule Man possesses Mr. Fantastic, does it lead to the team's dissolution? Separated, the Fantastic Four face such foes as Diablo, the Impossible Man and Namor...but when the deadly threat of Dr. Doom returns, the fam... Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Hundred not out 25 Sep 2013
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The opening tale with the Eliminator is pretty weak but it picks up with the kidnapping of young Franklin in "Here Be Witches" the Salem's Seven and the secret past of Agatha Harkness.
Klaw and The Molecule Man's attack causes stresses within the group leading to their splitting up and several solo adventures featuring a few old favourites The Plunderer, Darkoth the Death Demon with Diablo, Sub-Mariner and The Red Ghost as well as Texas Twister and The Invincible Man.
The run up to the 200th issue sees the almost expected showdown with Dr Doom and his son in his Latverian homeland.
Back home to Quasimodo (featuring Iron Man) then The Skrulls and a journey to the Andromeda Galaxy for three of the team as the Torch stays at home due to teen angst and ends up with the second rate Stranger lookalike Monocle. This volume ends part way through the Skrull storyline and will be concluded in volume 10.
There are also two Annuals #12 features The Inhumans and The Sphinx and #13 with The Mole Man.

Originally printed from 1977 to 1979 these black and white reprints are a bit patchy at times but still well worth reading for old nostalgics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I collect Fantastic Four Essentials 15 Nov 2013
By jcoletta - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all of the FF Essentials, this one though reprints stories from a not so good time for the title. Still love it, but it makes me long for the Lee-Kirby stuff that came before it or the Byrne stuff that came after it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as volumes 3-8. 7 Nov 2013
By Nowhere Mann - Published on Amazon.com
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Good, but not as good as volumes 3-8. If you love FF then this keeps you going. May sell it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Made me love the FF even more! 26 Sep 2013
By David the Collector - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has a collection of fun stories involving the FF that only gets better as you read through the book. I was never too keen on Fantastic Four until recently when I realized that the FF was the basis that started the Marvel Universe (Yes I was born a few decades after the 60's). But what I loved about this book was it had a lot of interesting challenges and dynamics for our favorite superhero family: Reed Richards dealing with the loss of his powers, the disbandment of the FF, the overthrow of Dr. Doom, the return of Reed's powers, plus the beginning of the "In Search of Galactus" story arc. These stories were fun and fresh to me, and the artwork was very nice as well. Filled with action, comedy, and drama, this book is definitely a good starting point for new FF fans!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Historic But Curiously Uninvolving 27 Aug 2013
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
This is a bargain-priced collection of vintage Fantastic Four comics from the late 1970s, reprinted in black and white on cheap pulp paper. It is part of the "Essential" series of reprints that offers older Marvel comics in the order in which they were printed.

The best of these particular stories have already been reprinted in color. For example, the seven stories pencilled by fan favorite George Perez have long been available in the two-volume "Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Perez" books. The next story arc, a confrontation with Doctor Doom that culminated in his ouster as monarch of Latveria, was reprinted in the "Overthrow of Doom" collection. The three issues after that--along with annuals 12 and 13--were included in the collection "Reunited They Stand," referring to the FF getting back together after having previously split up, while the last four stories in this book are included in the collection "In Search of Galactus." To the best of my knowledge (which is very good but not perfect), the only story in this Essentials volume not previously reprinted in color is FF #190, an "album" issue that interrupts the main story with a fill-in story wherein Ben Grimm reminisces with Alicia about the history of the FF following their break-up.

So, if you are a devoted FF fan with an extensive collection of graphic novels, you'll have to decide how many of these stories you already have in color and on better paper in choosing whether or not to add this book to your library. If you enjoy the FF but don't have many (or any) of these stories, this book will provide them in the least-expensive manner possible.

Although these stories were successful and some even acclaimed at the time they first came out, they actually represent one of the FF's lesser creative periods. The famed Lee/Kirby era was long over and the revitalizing John Byrne era was still ahead, as were creatively fertile periods by Walter Simonson, Mark Waid/Mike Wieringo, the beautifully drawn stories by Carlos Pacheco and others who breathed new life into the half-century history of the Fabulous Foursome.

But for devoted FF fans who have not read the stories in Essential Fantastic Four #9, there is pleasure to be had from this slice of their adventures, which cover a period when Reed Richards lost and then regained his stretching powers, Doc Doom tried to take over the world through the United Nations, son Franklin is absentee parented by Agatha Harkness and Johnny Storm inexplicably allows his teammates to risk their lives in the Andromeda galaxy without him because he wants to "find himself" after being insulted by a couple of cute girls.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finished my FF backlog... 8 Mar 2014
By Corey Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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with this collection. Bought the FF Skrull saga and meandered into the John Byrne Omnibus and thats pretty much all the FF you'll ever need. Nothing has topped it in 30 years. Enjoyed the last 2 movies as camp. Refuse to even acknowledge the politically deviant new movie. My FF stops with Byrne's run.
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