1602: Fantastick Four #1

Writer: Peter David Artist: Pascal Alixe Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Sep 3, 2006

    This comic has every sign of being a terrific TPB. This first chapter whets the appetite but doesnt fill me up much. It does have the feeling of being the first course of a very filling meal, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Sep 3, 2006

    While DC are rightfully vilified for their obsessive stripmining of Gaimans Sandman mythos, the original work did at least have a level of depth and complexity that would have been worth exploring further, had stronger creative teams been tasked with that exploration (Lucifer being the exception that proves the rule). 1602 was a well constructed bit of fun and little more, making Marvels flailing attempts to follow up even more anaemic by comparison. Fantastick Four isnt bad, but it just feels so very pointless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Charles Emmett Sep 3, 2006

    If this was condensed into half an issue, I would be very excited for this miniseries. But seeing as how plodding and dull it is, I just cant recommend picking it up. If the story does manage to find a direction and some empathy, I strongly suggest holding out until the TPB, but as it stands, this is the prime example of a mediocre comic. Some very strong elements but some critical flaws hold it back from becoming the success it could have been. Buy it if you are an absolute 1602 fanatic as you may get a momentary fix, but the more you read the more you realize this just isnt the best we could have gotten. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Sep 3, 2006

    Even if you liked 1602, this story could disappoint you. The art is dull and half-finished. David might get in a few good lines later on, but my expectations are low. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Sep 3, 2006

    Maybe Im hamstrung by my enjoyment of the original 1602, but this issue just doesnt work for me. Weve yet to see Davids plot come together, and although there are some elements that could raise the level of the story above the mundane (namely the appearance of Dr. Doom), thats only assuming that people are still reading the book after a first issue which will disappoint casual readers with its lack of substance and action (and of the FF themselves) and will frustrate 1602 fans as a pale imitation of a great miniseries that simply didnt demand a sequel. I left Greg Paks 1602: New World well alone for the same reason. Ultimately, the novelty of seeing Marvel characters transplanted to another world just isnt enough to make me want to shell out a couple of quid on yet another directionless spin-off book, and sadly David doesnt do enough to hook me back in for a second issue. Can we leave the 1602 universe alone now, please? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Diana Kingston Sep 3, 2006

    Overall, I suppose its a passable read if youre a Fantastic Four fanatic, and you really need your next fix, but aside from artistic representations of a quaint English backdrop, theres nothing here you cant find in any other series about the Richards family. Read Full Review

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