100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1

100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1

Writer: James Stokoe Artist: Joanna Estep Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 2, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

• It's 2061 and the world of the Fantastic Four has turned upside-down, complete with the granddaughter of Doom...and the Richards-Banner twins?

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jul 2, 2014

    The best versions of the Fantastic Four take the reader on an adventure. They don't simply allow us to watch their lives, they invite us to become adventurers, begging questions, seeking deeper answers, and finding some small truth about our own nature along with their high-concepts and cosmic questions. There's nothing as disappointing as finally getting that feeling, of brushing the fingertips of that outstretched hand that's beckoning you to an adventure, only to realize there's no time to fully grab hold. If we're lucky, the characters and concepts in Fantastic Four 100th Anniversary #1 won't end with these pages, and if Marvel is smart, they'll give Jen Van Meter and Joanna Estep more time with the Richards family and their friends. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Hank Johnson Jul 10, 2014

    This book had heart, artistic vision, and an interesting and compelling premise. The issue carried the essence of every great Fantastic Four story. The sequential art is stylistic and stunning and worth the cover price alone. I'm glad I read this and am on board for the 100th Anniversary as it continues. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 4, 2014

    This is an experiment that could have very easily fell flat without the energy of the creators involved. Not to compare too much, but one of things that made "DC One Million" a book that holds up is that, even now, it still feels like a book handed back from the future. Whether this is a book that has that kind of lasting effect is for time to tell, but I can tell you now there is no reason to pass this up. The writing and the artwork wholly embrace the family-focused aspect of the Fantastic Four that makes it such a long-lasting title and builds around it a world that feels both new and familiar. Whether the rest of these 100th Anniversary can live up to this opener is something we'll have to wait and see for, but this issue is an experiment that has paid off. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 2, 2014

    One would think that in a book about the future, these new characters would be given more focus. Instead they're background characters that take a backseat to bringing back the original Fantastic Four. To be fair, the story will continue in the Guardians of the Galaxy 100th Anniversary special. Maybe they'll be expanded upon in that book. However, it still would have been nice to get a better look at the new team in a book that presumably should be all about them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 6, 2014

    It's an interesting experiment, but not a successful one. I can't recommend this one. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 3, 2014

    For a miniseries that has the potential to launch a whole new line of books -- or possibly a timeline to be revisited in future stories -- this adventure never really does more than introduce some characters and emphasize the fact that the Fantastic Four is always about family. I wasn't sure what to expect from "100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four" #1, but it wasn't this. Van Meter and Estep open the issue with promise, but before too long, the "traditional" Fantastic Four is back in action, but against a less-than-inspired foe. I'd like to see more of the Richards-Banner twins, the "future" Human Torch and the Enchantress instead of the Fantastic Four once more besting a borderline generic foe. Perhaps, like the refugees of "Days of Future Past" did throughout X-Men history, these new characters will be able to check in from time to time. This issue, however, doesn't really pack enough of a punch on its own to sustain in readers' collective memories until 2061. Read Full Review

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