Fantastic Four #4

Fantastic Four #4

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 13, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Magen Cubed Feb 13, 2013

    This is a series I didn't expect to like, but has impressed me time and again. Brimming with heart, Fraction delivers an endearing portrait of Reed Richards, torn between his desire to protect his family and the consequences of his actions. The story is affective, well-complemented by Bagleys solid and enjoyable pencils, making this a warm, engaging and highly satisfying issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 14, 2013

    For the most part, Mark Bagley's art is pretty solid. There are a few panels that look slightly rushed, leaving characters looking a little off. That said, it's hard to deny that Bagley is an expert storyteller. He gives the book a clean, classic look that fit this all-ages series like a glove. The aliens look great and the heroes look awesome (Reed Richards has one finely sculpted butt). The art and the story create a package that is big and daring, without being convoluted and inaccessible. Bagley and Fraction have taken the Fantastic Four back to their roots in all the best ways. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 13, 2013

    Bravo to Marvel, Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley for releasing this issue in time for Valentine's Day. It's often been questionable just how much does Reed care about Sue. We know he's committed to his wife and kids but there's always a distraction nearby. This issue lays out what exactly Sue means to Reed. Along the way we see the team visit a new planet that contains a pretty big shock. In the overall story about why Reed decided to pull his family away from Earth to find a cure, there aren't huge progressions on the plot but fans of the series and characters will want to pick this issue up. Bagley does a great job capturing the emotion that Reed feels along with the other scenes, such as ones between Johnny and Ben. This series definitely feels like a grand adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Feb 13, 2013

    Fantastic Four is still one of the best Marvel Now! titles. Matt Fraction turns in a painfully human Reed Richards in issue 4, somebody we should all look up to this Valentine's Day. Fraction just pumps out must read comics at this point. Some of Bagley's panels still have their problems, but when he gets it right, his art is simply stunning. You're not reading this series yet? Why? Go get it! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Feb 14, 2013

    Mark Bagley is his usual solid self on this issue. He is a master storyteller than can do action, pathos, or comedy. His renderings of Reed and Sue in college carry as much import as the FF's ship plunging through the cosmos. He nails each character's distinct look just as well as Fraction captures their voice. Once the action picks up a touch, Fraction and Bagely should take their places among the pantheon of great FF creators. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 19, 2013

    It's a much slower take on the Fantastic Four than we've seen in recent years, as Fraction takes time to develop his cast. The educational family vacation aspect is a strong one, and puts a focus on these characters and how they interact (or don't interact as the case may be). Some readers may be a bit antsy about where this run is going, but I'm willing to follow the characters while big ideas grow closer to coalescing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 13, 2013

    While I’m not big on the love story so close to Valentine’s Day (not entirely my thing), I do like space, so I remain satisfied for the issue, and look forward to what’s to happen as the bonds of family are tested in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Feb 16, 2013

    Meh.  That, in a word, sums up my feelings for this issue.  Much like Ultimate X-Men before it, this is a series that just isn't doing it for me...  It's okay and all, but there's no one character here that I'm a fan of...  I can't stand the two kids, and the other four are just plain boring.  There's nobody for them to interact with, its just the Four, and nobody else.  And that is already starting to get tiresome for me. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 14, 2013

    It's funny to think that this issue is really worth reading, but the plot is kind of lame it's completely contradictory to itself. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 28, 2013

    The strongest thing about the book are the colors done by Paul Mounts, Edgar Delgado, and Rain Beredo. Depending on which part of story's being told in the panels, color schemes change. For the flashbacks, colors are lighter and more vibrant with "sunlit" panels. On Ayleth, where it's darker, the colors are deeper and darker. It's the most cohesive thing about the book because Fantastic Four #4 is all over the place. Even the painting itself seems incorrect " it's a portrait with Reed in the center surrounded by his family and teammates. Why would the Aylethians gravitate towards an unfamiliar side character in a portrait and pay no attention to the other Fantastic Four members in the painting? Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Feb 15, 2013

    It's sad to say, but “Fantastic Four” isn't off to nearly as good a start as its sister title. It might be easy to pin the blame on Bagley, but in truth Fraction's writing isn't up to its usual quality either. There's a lot of potential here, and perhaps the way this issue ends is a sign of good things to come. Read Full Review

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