Fantastic Four #502

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Casey Jones Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 15, 2003 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 5
6.0Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

Franklin thinks he's still in hell. The Thing tries to help but soon realizes this is a problem Franklin must face himself.

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Aug 19, 2003

    This issue is full of some very solid character moments, and while the material does venture into terrain that feels a bit overly sentimental, and the final speech that brings Franklin back from the brink is could've been tightened up considerably, the basic message displays a solid understanding of the characters involved. I also like the idea that Ben is the one that realizes that Franklin has grown beyond the stage in his life where he can draw comfort from the idea that his parents are there to protect him from the evils of the world. Now the book could've done a better job tying it to Ben's past, as Ben had an older brother who acted as Ben's safety net, but when Dan was killed during a tussle between two neighborhood gangs, Ben learned the exact same lesson that Franklin did. Still, the material did a fairly solid job of linking Franklin's nightmarish experience in hell to Ben's own struggles when he first became the Thing, so I'm willing to look past this missed opportunity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tim Hartnett Aug 17, 2003

    I wish there were more in store for Marvel's first family than an overly-serious seven issue romp, but I am glad it's all over. Here's hoping Mr. Waid will return to the feel he created at the start of his run, instead of trying to make us all feel like we're at a funeral. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Aug 16, 2003

    His redefining the FF as adventurers rather than super-heroes is part of the problem. This type of story does not work within the new context. The FF should have only been marginally affected by Doom's torment. They should not wallow in self-pity. They should not be psychologically damaged. They should bounce back, and that may be unrealistic, but realism isn't what I'm looking for in the FF. Read Full Review

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