(This review may contain spoilers).
The Fantastic Four was one of the superhero groups I was able to see in a couple of movies. Having this book arrive as part of my collection was good, because it gave me the chance to see more of the family and their dynamics.
Even though I didn’t get to see the Fantastic Four’s origin story, I felt that the comics included in this collection gave me a good understanding of the characters and the enemies they faced. It was really good to see Reed and Sue’s relationship and how they both had other commitments, such as looking after their son and Reed trying to find work.
It was interesting to see each of the four have to deal with foes individually in separate comics. I especially felt for Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, what with finding out one of his friends had been so horribly changed.
I found it interesting to see Sue and Namor’s interactions. Even though I don’t think I like Namor all that much, it was good to see him and Sue fighting alongside each other. And I found it good to see evidence of his hot-headed, impulsive nature.
I would have liked to see a bit more of Reed and Sue as parents. I’m not sure what happened to their son when the Fantastic Four were taken… though it was fairly good to see another of the heroes they were friendly with; even though I wasn’t really as sure of their history with Mr. Impossible. He did make me chuckle a bit, though, in his appearance and what he was doing.
I think my favourite part of the comics was the rivalry between Ben and Johnny. I could tell that they cared for each other, even while butting heads more often than not and constantly sniping at each other.
I liked the artwork in these comics and I felt the scenes were depicted really well. The violence wasn’t quite at the level as some of the Marvel comics I’ve read… but there was plenty of action in the scenes, as well as enough of the characters to keep me emotionally invested.
I found that the comic with Doom’s ‘son’ was particularly moving. It was an interesting panel to view and I’m sure it must have been so to create.
I also particularly liked the different versions of the Fantastic Four in the artwork at the end of this comic book.