This issue is a no-brainer for fans of the classic FF. Less dedicated readers may scoff at the $5 price tag, and rightly so. Marvel packs in both Kirby's original pencils and a reprint of Fantastic Four #108, but not every reader is going to find those extras worth the price hike. The latter addition especially is a pretty poor read, and only serves as a testament to the fact that Marvel should have published Kirby's story as it was originally intended. This is likely the last collaboration between Lee and Kirby we'll ever see, and I just find myself wishing for more. Read Full Review
But it's still an interesting read, especially with the included bonus materials. John Morrow, publisher of TwoMorrows Publishing and editor of The Jack Kirby Collector, provides some commentary on the history of the issue, along with pages showing Kirby's rough pencil art (including notes in the margins that show what Kirby was originally planning for the story's plot). And then the repurposed issue #108, so we can see how the artwork ended up being used (if you ask me, the altered version actually makes a better story). It's a fascinating document of what happened, and a really interesting look at some of the artistic results of Kirby's departure from the company. So while it's not the best Fantastic Four story, it's definitely worthwhile for Kirby fans. I'll take this over some lame "reimagining" of his classic works any day. Read Full Review
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