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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Little Introduction, 24 July 2012
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David Ford "Genre junkie" (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fantastic Four: Season One (Fantastic Four (Marvel Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
Fantastic Four: Season One is a retelling of the first few issues of the original Sixties superhero comic, updating the tale to the present day. As such, the main narrative beats remain the same, including the accident that give the quartet their amazing powers, their first conflict with the Mole Man and his monsters, their emergence into the public eye, and their first run-in with the arrogant ruler of Atlantis, Namor. However, these familiar events are told with a modern style and sensibility, and expanded somewhat from the often-rushed pace of the original.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa does an admirable job of forging these events into a satisfying continuous narrative, capturing the spirit of the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby original while framing the story in a cinematic style more suited to a new audience. He has a few stumbles and awkward turns of phrase, but largely he manages to capture the characters of the heroes extremely well.

Marvel has always prided itself on its characterisation, and so we have such classic motifs as the Thing's yearning to be normal, the Human Torch's often-thoughtless impulsiveness, Mr. Fantastic's absent-minded brilliance and the Invisible Girl's despair with her less-than-romantic fiancee. Sue, in particular, gets an expanded, more proactive role in this retelling, although each of the four gets a turn in the spotlight.

David Marquez delivers beautiful art to match the story, proving equally adept at rendering more personal moments (his facial expressions are brilliantly evocative) and hude action setpieces such as an enormous monster rampaging through New York. He manages to work within the design framework of the original stories, while still making them seem fresh and relevant.

Also included in this handsome hardback volume is a printing of Fantastic Four #570, to show the new reader what the team are up to more recently (as well as to entice them to buy the ongoing comic). I feel this is somewhat of a misstep, as the space could have better been spent on the main story, or even a reprint of the original Fantastic Four #1, so the reader could contrast the new presentation with the old.

However, the meat of the book is a grand idea. Perhaps longtime FF readers would find little to interest them here (the story is a retelling rather than a completely original one, after all), but for those who would like to get into the team's adventures (or introduce their children to them), or would simply like a version of the story that started it all without the dated Sixties mores, this is a neat little package.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reclaiming their own, 10 July 2014
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This review is from: Fantastic Four: Season One (Fantastic Four (Marvel Hardcover)) (Hardcover)
The Fantastic Four have always had the best storylines and the most interesting villains. Witness the fact that all the Marvel animated features are cheerfully looting FF history for their plotlines- having the Avengers fight Doom and Galactus, the Hulk fight Annihilius and meet the Inhumans, Spider-man face off against the Frightful Four, and so on. Well BACK OFF, YOU WANNABES! Here's where the FF reclaim some of their own history, in a retelling that is much superior to the ill-fated "Heroes Reborn" attempt of the nineties.

Which, given the Genre Junkie's very fine words, is all I have to say- I refer you to his thorough and thoughtful review. Hopefully, in the follow-up volume, there will be an encounter with Doom which will achieve 5 stars...
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