Fantastic Four 3 review


While the first four issues of Matt Fraction’s Fantastic Four/FF run were good, they were little more than setup. This marks the first true issue in Marvel Now’s “Greatest Comic Magazine” as the Richards family travels through space. It’s a great stand-alone comic that feels like a classic Fantastic Four story, and it also contributes to the overarching story for Fraction’s run.

The family have just discovered a new planet made almost entirely of unstable molecules. Since Reed is looking into a cure for his medical condition, this is the perfect opportunity. What follows is an entertaining adventure story that retains the family focus that this franchise is known for. There’s a good amount of humour and an entertaining fight scene after things go wrong. The only thing that really bothered me was Franklin calling out “Mommy” – he’s supposed to be a bit old for that.

This past fall, I read John Byrne’s entire Fantastic Four run for the first time, and this issue kind of reminds me of their month-long trip to the negative zone.

The thing that holds this issue back the most is the art. For the most part it’s good; it has a warm, friendly feel to it and the planet looks very interesting. The colourful backgrounds are appealing to the eye as well. The problem is in the facial work – it’s often hard to tell the characters apart. Jonny Storm and Franklin Richards look almost exactly the same in close up panels, despite their considerable age difference. If not for their different hairstyles, Susan and Valeria Richards would look the same too.

This is a great comic. It’s fun, imaginative and humorous. If not for the problematic artwork and Franklin’s iffy dialogue, I’d say it’s almost perfect. Fantastic Four fans should definitely pick this up, as should anyone who is curious about them.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Fantastic Four 3 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of January 9, 2013 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was very good. Humour, heart, adventure, and utter lunacy – all the elements of a good Fantastic Four story.


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