The idea of a spell-casting Dr. Doom is something I'm not sure I'll ever fully embrace, and there is part of me that wants to reject this story as being too much of a departure from what made Dr. Doom such a welcome visitor to these pages. On the other hand I can't deny that the material has my utmost attention, as the Fantastic Four are back on their heels, and nothing they do seems to be making the slightest bit of impact. The idea that Reed's reliance of technology & science is proving to be his blind spot is also a very interesting twist on this classic rivalry, and there's something to be said for a story when Ben comes across as the only member of the team who has his head in the game. The idea that Dr. Doom is attacking the Fantastic Four through Reed & Sue's children is also a decidedly chilling act of villainy, and the mere title of the arc would seem to suggest that Franklin & Valeria might not make it out of this story alive, which is something that would shake this team to Read Full Review
Five years ago, in early 1998, Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis got a crack at the Fantastic Four in issues #1-3 of Volume Three in by far the best run (if short) of the last ten years. It was a back to basics, simple, but comical approach to the then-worn down characters. Only Mark Waid has come close to matching the grandeur and nostalgic feel of their run thus far. Read Full Review
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