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on 13 April 2008
This is a splendidly bound retrospective of the Fantastic Four, but for whom it is this substantial book intended? It is very expensive and of the content dates back over 40 years. It seems likely this is for readers of those comics back in the 1960s who like this reviewer are now middle aged. Is it worth the money and is it a good buy?
Looking first at practical matters, it is well put together, contains more than 800 pages and the reproduction of the original comics is excellent. The colours are vibrant and the whole package is high quality. Though bulky it is readable.
Pros and cons:
1. A wonderful exercise in nostalgia, with the original stories printed in full complete with covers and letters pages. This reviewer was twelve years old again.
2.Contains some of the seminal Fantastic Four stories, the Galactus trilogy the Inhumans the Black Panther and of course more than one helping of Dr Doom.
3.Some superb Jack Kirby artwork, particularly when Joe Sinnott is the Inker.
1.These stories are from the 1960s and it shows.
2.It is surprising how the standard of inking varies, some of the earlier stories particularly where inked by Vince Colletta look surprisingly shoddy, and the contrast between that and the later stories is noticeable.
3.The dialogue is very cheesy, but perhaps this reviewer is too critical and of course is no longer a child,
4.The standard of scripting does vary. However there is no doubt that when one reaches the Inhumans saga,through Galactus,and "This Man This Monster"a high point is reached,the stories before and after are not quite to the same standard .
5.Looking back, though the stories were inventive, all too often the super villain was defeated with some mystery weapon at the last moment
So is it worth your money ? The short answer is yes this reviewer has thoroughly enjoyed revisiting his childhood and anyone purchasing from the same era will not be disappointed . However, if you're looking to buy a graphic novel with today's standard of scripting and realism approach with caution.