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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvel's first family meet tragedy and triumph, 30 Aug 2008
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This review is from: Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7 TPB (Paperback)
This volume covers 1973-1975 and starts with the re-appearance of two old "friends" Wyatt Wingfoot and a very early FF foe The Miracle Man whose powers have improved somewhat over the years.
Then the tyrant of the Negative Zone Annihilus returns, issue 140 is the last one I remember buying in my mis-spent youth. Annihilus' origin is revealed and the end of this story sees Sue leaving the FF after Reed's attempt to save their son mis-fires. The rest of this volume is spent repairing those wounds. The Inhuman Medusa is still with the team and becomes their fourth member during these stories.
Other old foes return, Doctor Doom twice, the last tale involving the Silver Surfer and his arch-nemesis Mephisto who pulls a tragic double-bluff on the Surfer. The Frightful Four (well 3) also return as does the Sub-Mariner who plays a pivotal role in sorting out the FF's internal issues. The Hulk also appears in a mind-swap tale that also features Thundra and a very old foe of The Human Torch returns from the 5th dimension, Xemu the Merciless in a tale which features the Inhumans.
New menaces appear in Ternak (an abominable snowman), Darkoth the Death Demon (in a Dr. Doom tale), Tempus, Mahkizmo (Thundra's arch-foe) and the first appearance of James Madrox a.k.a. The Multiple Man. Oh, and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse attack Earth in an OK-only tale.
The highlights of this volume are the Annihilus tale, the wedding of Crystal and Pietro starring the FF, Avengers and Inhumans and gate-crashed by Ultimo-7. and the Silver Surfer tale for sheer pathos.
The art is in the main outstanding largely by Marvel greats John Buscema and Rich Buckler with assists from Ross Andru and Joe Sinnott. Although Gerry Conway takes most of the writing honours there are also contributions from amongst others Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart and Len Wein.
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