Fantastic Four #581

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Neil Edwards Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 28, 2010 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 17
7.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The first of a two-part story featuring the return of Nathaniel Richards. Follow us as he jumps through time back to the college years of Reed, Ben and Victor Von Doom and recruits them for an impossible mission in the future. Rated A …$2.99

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jul 30, 2010

    Neil Edwards and Paul Neary do wonderful art here, with scenes that have the taste and energy of a great science fiction movie. At its best, thats what this book can be, and thats what this team is giving us. Im almost surprised at just how much this comic book has made me smile over the past few months. This is the Fantastic Four as they should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Zack Freeman Jul 28, 2010

    If the tweed sweaters and old school letter shirts on the cover weren't a clue, this title's paying proper respect to the FF's roots while still keeping it up to modern storytelling expectations. Hickman and Edwards are amazing combo and I'm excited to see where they take first family of Marvel, even if this particular storyline might be veering dangerously close to time-travel plots from the past. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Kevin Fuller Jul 28, 2010

    I have to confess I'm a little perplexed why Papa Richards would visit Reed's pre-stretchy college days for help, but I'm confident that'll be explained next issue. Regardless, it's good to see Hickman extend himself beyond the self-contained one issue stories his run has been known for recently. With the big "Three" story arc coming up in a couple issues, stretching the plot out a bit (if even only to two issues) was probably a good call as a transition. Aside from the writing, Neil Edwards has done a superb job as the fill-in between Dale Eaglesham and Steve Epting. I absolutely love his figures, and his take on young Reed/Ben/Doom was spot-on. I hope to see more of him on other titles in the future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Aug 2, 2010

    Fantastic Four #581 was yet another superb issue. Hickman continues deliver one great read after another and building this title back to a fun adventure title. I love how Hickman is using the multiverse and the concept of the Council of Reeds but just for Nathaniel in this issue. Also seeing how Hickman is tying his various work together gives this issue a cool payoff to his work and I cant wait to see what he is going to do with the final showdown between the last two Nathaniel Richards in the multiverse. If you have been enjoying Hickmans work so far you will no doubt like this issue. And if you havent picked up Hickmans work on Fantastic Four I highly recommend picking up the trades for Hickmans Fantastic Four as he has been doing a wonderful job building up great stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Jul 30, 2010

    As with most of Hickmans work, the ultimate context of this issue is unlikely to be realized until much further down the road. It will be interesting to see how prominently the suggested father and son motif ends up being featured as time goes on. For now, though, weve got a slightly better focused lens with which to reexamine what has come before and a good reason to believe that the future of Fantastic Four has been carefully planned. Read Full Review

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