Fantastic Four #2

Fantastic Four #2

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 12, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17
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Marvel NOW! The First Family leaves time and space! How long can Reed hide his motivations from his family? What undiscovered places, amazing things, and incredible people are out there waiting to meet the Fantastic Four?

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Dec 11, 2012

    While Fantastic Four #2 isn't quite the slam-dunk that the first issue was, Matt Fraction's momentum is undeniable. In a way, Fantastic Four feels far more emblematic of the Marvel NOW! mission statement than any of its supposed flagship titles; appropriate, considering the team's history and traditional role with the publisher, but in a way disheartening that some of the other titles haven't been able to capture the spark of re-focusing, re-establishing, and, in some ways, re-introducing the titles and characters we all know and love. Coming off a landmark run by Jonathan Hickman means that Fantastic Four has a high bar to reach. Fortunately, Matt Fraction seems to be headed, like the F4, up, up, and away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Dec 12, 2012

    This series will be exploring their adventures in time and space while the companion book "FF" will cover the replacement teams adventures on Earth and Matt will be writing them both so you can be sure of a strong synergy between them. I know one thing for sure and that is that they both will be at the top of my reading pile every time an issue comes out, they are the prime example of a refreshed Marvel universe that is doing it right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 17, 2012

    The good news is, by the end of this issue, the preliminaries are out of the way - now we can get to the adventure part of our program. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 10, 2012

    The Fantastic Four are about to leave the building. As seen last issue and in FF #1, Reed is keeping his injury a secret from his family and has planned an extended 'vacation' in order to find a cure. A team of replacements has been chosen and we're seeing the passing of the baton, as started in FF, continue here. Because we've already seen the introduction of the FF team, it feels a little unnecessary to have so much time devoted to the changing of the guard but for those not reading both series, it's an important bit. Mark Bagley has to draw a lot of characters here which is always fun to see. The problem is a couple times the art felt a little muddy possibly due to the inking. Because of Matt Fraction's storytelling and humor, this book manages to put a smile on my face. I can't wait for the action to begin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Dec 12, 2012

    This issue is great, but it will also drive the reader crazy. After just blowing money on the first issues of Fantastic Four and FF, it should be assumed that you would receive a payoff in the form of entertaining story progression. This issue will hold your interest, but a story moving as slow as Fantastic Four #2 may make many people drop this title from their pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Dec 13, 2012

    As with last issue, this book is exactly everything you expect a Fantastic Four book to be. There are some laughs, some heartfelt moments, and plenty of science and adventure to go around. Fraction delivers a solid second issue here, showing each of the Four saying goodbye in their own ways as their replacements get comfortable in their shoes. Bagleys pencils are consistently strong, fleshed out by Paul Mounts and Wil Quintanas dynamic color palettes. The story is simple, but it works, and works well. More endearing than the first issue, I find myself coming around more and more to the title. If youre looking for a cute, fun book, this and its sister title FF is a safe bet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 13, 2012

    All in all, I was a bit surprised to find that this issue was still all build-up to where the team was heading, as I figured we'd have a time-jump to cover the actual departure from the Baxter Building (or wherever the team lives now.) All in all though, the issue works for me as it continues to build the tension about the trip, and what might possibly end up going wrong in their absence, and gives us character work for all EIGHT of the major players, a pretty impressive bit of business in itself. Fantastic Four #2 has a lot of talk, but doesn't fall apart on the job, serving as a showcase for art and dialogue, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. If next issue is still prologue, though, I expect to feel a little bit of consternation... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Dec 15, 2012

    However the real challenges for Fraction, Bagley and co. are still to come. Fantastic Four #2 caps what is essentially a 2-part opener for the series (with the first FF issue acting as a kind of #1.5) but it's not until Reed and his family are among the stars that we'll get the true sense of the title's worth. So far, fans of Marvel's First Family have no cause for concern; things are clipping along nicely, it not a little conservatively. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Eric "djotaku" Mesa Dec 16, 2012

    I think this is definitely a book to follow and it looks like we'll be getting deeper into the story starting with the next issue. So definitely make sure to jump on then. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Dec 23, 2012

    With Fraction firing on all cylinders and brilliant art teams with Bagley and Allred, the Fantastic Four portion of the Marvel Universe is an exciting place to be. Fraction looks to be focussing on family and adventure and that is certainly the right focus. I look forward to seeing how both titles progress. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Feb 26, 2013

    This was a good issue but I would have preferred to have seen the Fantastic Four on their adventures. I would still recommend this issue, as it was good, and once it kicks into a higher gear I expect this series to be brilliant. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 12, 2012

    Mark Bagley continues to perform well on art. I get the feeling he was saving his creative energies up while on Avengers Assemble, because everything here has been drawn tenfold better. The characters look like they have the buoyant spirits they are written with -- except lies-to-his-family Reed Richards -- although sometimes the adults look way too young. Save for the mysterious teleporting monkey, Bagley turns in a well-executed issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 17, 2012

    Fantastic Four #2 is able to finish off all the set-up to the beginning of the story in fine fashion. After becoming a Matt Fraction doubter I am glad to say that all my doubts about a Fraction Fantastic Four series have been proven wrong. Fraction continued to show in this issue that he gets the characters and the type of story that the team should be put into. Some may not like the fact that Fantastic Four #2 read more like promotional material for the FF series but there is enough here for Fantastic Four fans to be excited about the future of this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 30, 2013

    Matt Fraction's scripting is solid, and so are Mark Bagley's pencils. Solid pretty much describes the entire issue because it feels rather standard — there isn't much in the ways of the exciting, tense, urgent, or brisk. It isn't tedious or plodding either, so there's nothing really negative about the book. Though it might have gained from having some new scenarios to add some plotting or tension, issue #2 doesn't rock the boat as much as it just tidies up the house before closing the door on this section of the story. It's just an average story that's designed to set the team up for its send-off. Forreaders who picked up this series for their pull-list, it'd be premature to give up now because the team's finally off. Where they go next issue may give readers climbing the fence a reason to come back or hop over altogether. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 14, 2012

    Instead, double dipping is already the name of the game. “FF,” due to Allred, was always going to be a slam dunk for me, with “Fantastic Four” in the maybe pile; two issues in, this book feels like it isn't even a thing yet and, in many ways, it isn't. Because of Fraction's track record, I presume many people will give him at least 3-4 issues to get his bearings, and that is fair. However, it rarely seems wise to defeat your own mission statement 60 pages into a two-book run. Hopefully, the family being in space will provide Fraction and Bagley with the infinite palette to do a truly interesting comic – but so far, this is less Marvel NOW!, and more Marvel Wait and See. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Dec 11, 2012

    "Fantastic Four" #2 is a miss. By this stage of investment from the readers, in both time and money, they should get something to hold onto besides the basic set up of the tale. Plot progression and character choices should be vast and dangerous in this scientific and imaginary world. Instead, readers get heroes having fun together that don't take any significant action. The character moments are well written and the art is absolutely fine, but the pacing and story will lose the audience quickly unless something finally hooks them in for the long haul. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Dec 16, 2012

    Overall,Fantastic Fouris just okay. Theres nothing special, and its incredibly hard to ignore the drawn out plot thats been given to us. Its not bad enough to bail on the book, but it simply isnt at the same level of other Marvel NOW books likeAvengers, or even other Fraction books likeHawkeye. Read Full Review

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