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Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Volume 1 [Hardcover]

Jonathan Hickman , Dale Eaglesham
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15 Oct 2013 Fantastic Four
It all begins when Mr. Fantastic decides to solve everything! As the Fantastic Four contends with Dark Reign, an older Franklin arrives from the future with an ominous warning. And as the Fantastic Four fight the War of the Four Cities, Mr. Fantastic assembles a band of genius youngsters. But when Nathaniel Richards returns, Galactus rises and an all-new Annihilation Wave threatens to invade from the Negative Zone, tragedy suddenly strikes. Collecting: Dark Reign: Fantastic Four 1-5, Dark Reign: The Cabal, Fantastic Four 570-588, FF 1-5

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165668
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 19.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 12 Nov 2013
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I am unashamedly a huge fan of Hickman's work so when I heard about his Fantastic Four run I was saddened as they were characters that had previously not interested me in the slightest, Luckily Hickman writes these characters exceptionally well and what you get is a great insight into the daily lives of what reads like a normal family, albeit with a range of superpowers.
Hickman is well known for his huge plots so there can be times where you are left unsure of what is happening, but rest assured that it will all tie together wonderfully by the end of his run,
One thing I would note is that I felt that a fair amount of background info on the Marvel Universe is needed to understand who everyone is/where are and why they're important etc. I would be wary of giving this book to a first time reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine" 1 July 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This volume collects the stories from Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5, Dark Reign: The Cabal, Fantastic Four #570-588, and FF #1-5. This is the start of a run by a new creative team, who manage to capture the spirit of the Lee & Kirby original while setting it in the ultra-modern world, and they do so with great skill and style. We can be looking at a group of parallel-dimensional Reed Richardses carrying out surgery on a star one minute, while we are sitting at the breakfast table in the Baxter Building the next. The team manage to mix family life with interdimensional adventuring, giving us a look into the childhood of Reed Richards, and seeing how it enables him to remain human, and empathise with his children and the many `orphans' they have come across in their adventures; and we also see a number of seeds being planted for future storylines.

I first read these stories in paperback collections in my local libraries, but I was so impressed with the quality that I bought this omnibus (and have ordered the second volume). These stories are why the Fantastic Four is still called The World's Greatest Comic Magazine.

For more detailed reviews of the contents, see the collected editions:
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic four omnibus volume 1 4 Mar 2014
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this story of the book how It all begins when Mr. Fantastic decides to solve everything! As the Fantastic Four contends with Dark Reign, an older Franklin arrives from the future with an ominous warning.

i bought this beacuse for my brother's christmas present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fantastic and the Future 17 Oct 2013
By Slim Cat - Published on Amazon.com
This omnibus collects (in this order) Dark Reign: Fantastic Four 1-5, the Doctor Doom story from the Dark Reign: The Cabal One-Shot, Fantastic Four 570-588, and FF 1-5.

Marvel continues it's wonderfully collected omnibuses of famed runs in a surprisingly slim collection, for the page count, with a solid spine allowing for spreading the pages wide so there is lack of gutter loss. The page count to price seems to be going down with Marvel as this is listed as an 800 page book at $100 retail price. When first solicited, it was at $75. That page count for $75 would make more sense as they have done it and DC does. $100 is usually for around 1000 pages or more. Marvel's ever increasing overcharging is getting very annoying and taxing on people's hard earned income. Alright, enough with that soap box rant and into the material itself.

Jonathan Hickman was given the keys to the Marvel first family after a successful run on Secret Warriors and some Image titles. He was still a relatively unknown and was given a historically beloved franchise struggling to resonate with fans and got it to become an instant classic and spawn a second ongoing series!

At their root, the Fantastic Four are about the strength of family and scientific exploration and discovery. The beginning of Hickman's run starts with Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, using a machine he created, the bridge, to scan the multiverse to see if other earths went through the same crises (superhuman civil war, skrull invasion, etc...) that his has and how they handled them. His objective: SOLVE EVERYTHING. Quite an arrogant and overwhelming task. As he scans the multiverse, he discovers earths that handled these events better or avoided them were due to their Reed Richards acting alone. No help from his science buddies Tony Stark and Hank Pym, no Illuminati to debate with. Reed Richards acted alone and...seemingly....solved everything. Reed knows what he must do and so do the Reed's of the other Earth's as they have bridges too. This is how Hickman kicks off his phenomenal run. The other members of the fantastic family become aware, Sue Storm-Richards (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (THe Human Torch), Ben Grim (The Thing), and the children of Sue and Reed, Franklin (destined to become the most powerful mutant on earth) and Valeria (the smartest human on the planet and the discover of daddy's schemes). As to be expected, other events and characters come into play and have the FF working hard at super heroics but it keeps coming back to that one equation, Solve Everything.

Hickman really shows off overlooked and underused characters and concepts of the Marvel U. Namor, the Inhumans, Moleman and the subterranean city, the high evolutionary, the negative zone and Annihilus for starters. He evens introduces some new ones, the most significant being the Future Foundation. This is what the Fantastic Four title becomes at the end of this collection but is simply referred to as FF. It is Reed's attempt to really do right with the world by having a school of his own at the Baxter Building teaching and helping the brightest young minds reach their potential in a way that benefits the world in the now and the future. Some may be put off by the very heavy sci-fi tone of this book. Hickman knows science and a primate like me found it hard to follow at points. It is all fascinating when thought about, though. The pacing is somewhat slow, but Hickman is playing for the long game, similar to his current run on the Avengers books. He sets up the main characters, so we get them, and the world they inhabit. There is great action throughout and some heavy hitting consequences along the way. Everything that this series builds to starts coming together at the end of this omnibus, making me fantastically excited for volume 2 to come so I can finish this epic in an epic collection.

Thanks to Jonathan Hickamn for taking such a high stakes and touching risk with such legendary characters, all the artists in this volume who all are top notch at displaying what is going on, and of course to Stan "the man" Lee and Jack "the king" Kirby for setting the ground work all those years ago that still allows creators to tell such grand tales as this one.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on Every Level. This is One of the Best Runs From Marvel Comics 22 Oct 2013
By Kevin Kropp - Published on Amazon.com
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Please believe the hype. This is one of the greatest runs of Fantastic Four Marvel has published. I have tried to get into Fantastic Four a few times during my time reading comics (check out some of my other Amazon reviews), but couldn't get into it due to the creative teams writing the book or the editorial direction that Marvel was taking (all out fall out from events and such). Even when Hickman's run first started, I didn't pay much attention. However, as it went along, I started to hear more and more about how great it was.

That's the neat thing about Hickman's run. It is always building to something bigger and always moving forward. You get more invested, the further you go. I intentionally held off reading the run until it was collected in Omnibus format (and now I have a long agonizing wait for the second volume). Reading through, it was great. Marvel did a great job spacing out how this run was going to be collected.

A few words on production. I was suprised by the thickness of the overall book. It is thinner than some other Marvel Omnibus collections. In fact, the width is on par with some of the basic hardcover Marvel collections I have. The content level is there, but thinner paper went a long way towards reducing the shelf space needed for this volume. It does read well, and I haven't had any issues so far with the production after reading through the first time. $100 might seem steep, but the price on Amazon for this volume is very good for the content.

Hickman is at his best when he's executing big ideas and concepts in service to a story. The Fantastic Four provide the perfect outlet for Hickman to do some of the coolest things I've come accross while reading comics.

Fantastic run. Fantastic purchase. Can't wait to see how it all ends.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Return To The Fantastic Roots 18 Oct 2013
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Fantastic Four has always been one of the best Marvel series and most imaginative. Its the series that kicked off the Marvel universe's silver age and led to new heights for comics.

That said the series has had its high points and low points. This run is definitely one of the high points.

Hickman takes things back to their roots and examines the natures of the characters. We see the fantastic four as a family and as individuals like never before. We see in new ways what makes Mr. fantastic tick, we see the torch in a new light and so on. These comics are a worthy successor to the runs of Lee/Kirby, John Byrne and Walter Simonson. The stories are on a grand epic scale, the stakes are high and yet the characters remain relatable and likeable. These are fun comics and at the same time very serious in nature. Hickman explores the roots of the characters and shows them in new ways. His run has many changes to the comics. There is a death ( as is foreshadowed on the cover of the omnibus) and we see how the characters react to this.

Hickman takes the series and characters in a new direction with the future foundation and explores the ties to the greater marvel universe and old and new characters. We see older villains and allies in a new light and we are shown new characters that feel fresh. It comes off completely organically and not forced at all. This is the fantastic four taken to its full potential, science fiction ( with elements of fantasy) and with humanity and family tied to the science fiction. Its an amazing read and really draws you in.

The art on these comics is beautiful and you might find yourself just stopping reading to stare at the art many times.

This collection is well built and sturdy with sewn binding. It will hold up for a long time and the pages are thinner than previous omnibus collections but thicker than some recent ones. Its a comfortable read.

For extras there is a massive cover gallery of around 45 covers that is extremely nice to look at and some character design variations and a breakdown of the script for issue 588! This a worthy addition to any comic fan's collection!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 25 Jan 2014
By Adam B. - Published on Amazon.com
This collection by Johnathan Hickman is something I didn't attempt to read as it came out, and I am glad I waited. The stories read well as a collection and all the little details that may otherwise go undetected over 3 years of single issues are far more apparent here. Despite what one reviewer calls "pointless," nearly all of the dialogue in this book is quite deliberate and sometimes a previous issue only becomes obvious upon close reflection of a later one. This type of writing is what makes Hickman one of the best writers today, and on track to surpass guys like Morrison who write long, complex sagas (like his Batman and New Xmen runs).

Having never read FF, and honestly thinking they were a bad concept, I was worried I may not understand what is going on; this was rarely an issue as you are filled in on a need-to-know basis. In fact, as far as the story goes, this is an excellent introduction to the family as it makes them layered and human despite the ability to fly, turn invisible, or stretch for miles. It also cemented Sue Storm as one of my new favorite female characters (I have an affinity for strongly written female characters, and she may take the cake here). If you are looking for more summarization of the story specifics, there are better reviews out there and more qualified reviewers, so I will focus on the omnibus from here on out.

As an owner of about 13 omnibuses and counting (by Marvel), I became worried when I heard some reviews of the new thinner paper. Luckily, this is a non-issue. The pages are thin, but I can never see through the pages to the next without holding it up to a light source, so the quality of the art is never diminished. Additionally, I've never felt as if I was at risk of ripping the pages upon reading, and the binding held tight and strong through the whole reading as it is sewn...this omnibus is still archival quality, and if I buy a version of a book from Marvel, I will still choose the omnibus if possible. In fact, despite being about 60% the length of my New Xmen omnibus, it's weight and width is about 45% of that book, so it is actually easier to read and takes up less space on my crowded bookshelves. The inks are heavy and beautiful and the art, while done by many different artists, looks consistently great and is never lacking.

The only complaints I found are minor: like Hickman's other omnibus, Secret Warriors, this is a bit different than the spines of most omnibus books by Marvel, taking a white/blue approach rather than black/red and though the design is beautiful (he is a graphic designer) it sticks out amongst the rest. It also does not feature a montage of all the covers on the back, instead opting for a clean look with a story description. Don't look too closely at the cover if you don't know anything about this storyline coming in, as it does feature main spoilers to the storyline. Finally, the last minor issue I had was that the Contents page is almost useless as the covers in the omnibus don't feature any numbering so unless you count them out or keep track, it won't do you any good.

The short version: if you want to give this family team a chance they deserve, if you love sci-fi epics and drama, if you love well-written characters and you want the best possible production of what will be a timeless story, buy this omnibus before it goes out of print. (Note: other sites are significantly cheaper than Amazon and ship much more safely, but no matter where you buy, BUY IT!)
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming and confusing... 20 May 2014
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
This one was a disappointment considering the praise it received.

In one sentence: I like Hickman’s grand ideas, but I felt overwhelmed and confused by the amount of characters and concepts, and I was really thrown off by the pacing.

The omnibus starts pretty well, with a few issues about dark reign, and a nice run on the council of Reeds. After one third of the book, be prepared, most of the stories are one issue set-up, full of barely explained high sci-fi concepts with a lot of B-list characters. For example, anything related to the Nu-world did not make any bit of sense to me, especially these 2 pages spread attempting to explain what is happening in the Nu World at +100 years, +1000 years, etc. What a confusing way to depict what is going on! There is really no explanation to new readers, but I suspect that even if you know about the Nu World, the whole thing does not make too much sense anyway.

I liked the issues where Hickman took his time to tell a story, like the issues with the council of reeds for instance, because it was spreading over a few issues. But all the other set-up stories written in one issue were terrible to me. And I believe they fail at what they are trying to do: set up events for a grand finale. One issue is just too little to get you into the story, and there is way too much going on in a few pages. I read that people found this comic to be much decompressed. I am thinking the exact opposite. When you read one issue of fantastic four, it’s like you’re reading 4 or 5 issues crammed very forcefully into one. This made the book extremely confusing to me.

In addition, on half of the issues of the book the art is really subpar (seriously, the kids are drawn with old men faces, making them look super creepy at times), it really doesn’t help enjoying the story.

Then, surprisingly, for the last third of the book, all the ideas, concepts, characters come together for a pretty rewarding story. You will have to get the second volume to get the rest of the story though. However, when everything came together at the end, I was actually enjoying the book quite a bit. The book became fun to read. Not enough to remove the bad taste of the setup issues from my mouth, but still, fun read towards the end, and the art was getting much better too.

In the end, I find that FF is clearly an ambitious work, but I feel that Hickman really overwhelms the reader with his many characters and concepts. New readers of FF like me will be left scratching their heads...

To talk a bit about the book itself, the binding is sewn and the book lays flat easily without any gutter loss. The cover is now matte and much cheaper in quality than the old omnibus covers which were really sturdy. The pages are also really thin, which is pretty bad considering the amount of white pages there is in the book. In the end, the omnibus felt quite thin and not has well built as the former Marvel omnibus.

IMPORTANT: Please note that you will need the second Hickman omnibus coming out in November to have the rest of the story. The first omnibus ends with a big cliffhanger, in the middle of the story. No need to buy the first volume if you are not ready to buy the second. In addition, Marvel hiked up the price of the 2nd volume in their solicitations. The MSRP of the second omnibus is 125$ for the same amount of pages than the first omnibus (which was originally at 75$ before the increase to 100$). Thank you Marvel, you made it easy for me to choose on whether to drop the title or not…
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