Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Season One

Graphic Novel - 2011
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"In Manhattan's most famous skyscraper, the Baxter Building, scientific genius Reed Richards hatches a plan that will change the lives of those he loves most--and the very course of human history--in a way no one could have ever imagined. Revisit the story that irrevocably altered comics and pop culture in this all-new graphic novel, modernizing the journey of Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm as they travel to the stars--and return with fantastic, devastating results. Plus: Witness the FF's cataclysmic first battles with the Mole Man, Dr. Doom and Prince Namor, the mysterious Sub-Mariner, in a way you've never seen before. You only think you know the story"--Publisher
Publisher: New York : Marvel Enterprises, c2011
ISBN: 9780785156413
0785156410
Branch Call Number: YGN Fantastic
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Marquez, David - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Fantastic 4. Season one

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Michael Colford Aug 14, 2012

Marvel's Season One series takes classic origin stories of iconic characters and updates them to modern day. In the case of the Fantastic Four, the most beneficial modernization comes with the characterization of Susan Storm. Writer Roberto Aguire-Sacasa has stated that Susan is his favorite character (she is mine as well) which is clearly evident in this retelling. In the early 1960's, Susan was written very much as a somewhat helpless woman, tagging along with her older boyfriend Reed, and in constant need of reassurance and rescue. In Season One, she is already in possession of the more modern day personality the character has evolved into, and her power level is already such that they're calling her the most powerful member of the FF. It was a welcome change. Other updated elements, such as Reed's scientific colleague, Alyssa Moy, who was created in the last 10 years, have been incorporated into their story.

For new readers, and for fans of the Fantastic Four, this Season One entry is entertaining and well-drawn. I think Roberto Aguire-Sacasa is a wonderful choice to tell the story as well. His work with the team on the controversial 4 series was among the best for these characters, in my opinion.

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