Fantastic Four #503

Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Howard Porter Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 5
7.8Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

When Doom leaves Latveria, the Fantastic Four set up shop in his castle. But what does Reed hope to achieve?

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 8, 2003

    I like the idea that Dr. Doom being trapped in Hell has made a wider impact than we normally see when he's been defeated, though most times he's managed to keep up the ruse that he never left via his Doombots. Still, I love the idea that the Fantastic Four have to defend Doom's technology from the various groups that would love to lay their hands upon his vast hoard, and that the nations that border Latveria suddenly realize how vulnerable Doom's nation is when he's not around to protect it. I also like the underlying tension that now appears to exist within the Fantastic Four, as Reed is no longer acting like he's part of the team, but rather he's making some fairly drastic actions, and just assuming the others will back him. I also like that the issue takes some time to address the notion that while he ruled the country with a iron fist, for the most part the people of Latveria were content under Dr. Doom's rule, and that they view the Fantastic Four as foreign invaders, who have lon Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Aug 30, 2003

    Fantastic Four may be heading down a dark road, but Mr. Waid is still paving the road if not with gold certainly then bronze. Howard Porter's contribution is welcome and fits the darker tone. While he cannot give the FF the grandeur he bestowed to the JLA, he makes you never doubt who these characters are unless that doubt is Mr. Waid's intent. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Mike Storniolo Aug 28, 2003

    All in all, its a terrific story by Mark Waid, pleasantly refreshing art by Howard Porter; and I cant wait for the rest of the arc. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tim Hartnett Sep 2, 2003

    Now that "The 5th Wheel" is over, I'm glad we can finally move on with something worthy of the Four. The team of "imaginauts" appears to be having an adventure once again---but unfortunately, that will be coming to a close in a few months Read Full Review

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