Fantastic Four #587

Writer: Jonathan Hickman Artist: Steve Epting Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 26, 2011 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 19
8.4Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

THREE PART 5 This is the penultimate chapter of THREE! Which member of the Fantastic Four will perish?

  • 10
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jan 27, 2011

    Is this an irreversible death? No. In fact, before I closed the book I thought of three different ways the dead character could come back, and I cant bring myself to believe that the character wont come back, most likely in time for FF to return to the original numbering just in time for Fantastic Four #600. But lets be honest here there is no longer any such thing as an irreversible comic book death. Bucky Barnes and Jason Todd have broken the seal forever. The only thing that really matters is, for this issue, for this story, for the run of this creative team, does this story work? And the answer to that is an emphatic, enthusiastic, and unqualified YES. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 27, 2011

    You don't wish this any more than I do." Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Jan 26, 2011

    This story truly had everything. It tied up a bunch of loose stories and culminated in a heart wrenching last stand for on of Marvel's iconic characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 27, 2011

    Just an outstanding effort, and more proof that everyone should be reading this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Jan 27, 2011

    A truly great send-off for a character that never feels tacky. That said, there's also plenty more to like this month. It's a big comic book that's well worth your four bucks. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jan 26, 2011

    I've got to admit, I was a bit misty-eyed after finishing this issue, which is a sure sign of a VERY well-written comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Jan 25, 2011

    It's a story worthy of the attention it's getting, but for all the right reasons. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 25, 2011

    The death in this issue is surprising in various ways. At the moment it's still not entirely clear what ramifications this issue will have for the Fantastic Four franchise as this series draws to a close and F.F. begins. But considering that Hickman's run so far has been thoroughly enjoyable and masterfully plotted, the sadness stemming from this death should be tempered with a healthy dose of excitement for the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 27, 2011

    Its kind of a shame that the publicity machine shot their work in the foot by revealing the big spoiler ahead of time. Still and all, Fantastic Four #587 works on multiple levels, and sets the stage for the next iteration of the FF well, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. Im sure that there are plenty of snarky comments to be made, but the fact is, its a comic that tells an entertaining story with good art, and does it while handicapped by the tropes and nature of the comic book industry. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan K Lindsay Jan 28, 2011

    This one also just scrapes into this category. The Reed aspect is the weakest but I am digging Sue and while Johnny and Ben have left me a little flat lately this send off is quite well put together and shouldn't be ignored. I think the next issue, as they all soak in the mourning of this hero lost, will be interesting but then the relaunch of Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jan 27, 2011

    Also, I do plan on writing a full review for Hickmans entire run on the Fantastic Four, but I want to wait until next months issue which wraps up this story, and is also the final issue of the series. Starting in March Hickman will reboot the series in a new book simply titles "FF". As for what it stands for, I believe I have the answer (it's somewhere in this review), but I'm not writing about speculation right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 28, 2011

    The only downer with this issue was the fact that the plastic was impossible to open. It was as if Mr. Fantastic himself wrapped around the issue. That aside I enjoyed the contents so much that I will most likely stick with the series (and relaunch) beyond this issue. This entire arc has been a fun story and if you couple that with the great things I've heard about Hickman's run in general I'd say this is an issue you don't want to miss from a creator who is at the top of his game. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Jan 29, 2011

    As for the issue itself, it plays on many of the broader themes Hickman has been working on surprisingly well. The story is divided into three separate ones, and each develops autonomously and carries the characters further one their own separate journeys, and adds tension to the inevitable conclusion (if not undercut like I discussed above). Sues continuing independence is undercut by Namors horniness for a little frustration, and the contrivance of the random bureaucratic loophole was eye-rolling, but this story worked well. Reeds is forgettable (I actually had to reread it to remember what happened almost entirely), but Johnny and Bens makes no sense whatsoever. There are bugs, other dimensions, and something about needing someone to stay behind, but none of this adds up very well on more than a single reading. It is pure contrivance and worries me for Hickmans larger plan, remembering Hickman apparently went to Marvel with entire books for his proposals, reaching as far as six Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 28, 2011

    The first two stories are largely forgettable (even with Sue's unexpected coronation as Queen of the Mer-People), but the third delivers a small glimmer of what the Fantastic Four should be – exciting, tragic, adventurous, and deeply personal. It also dramatically kills off one of the main characters to save the rest of the family. And that story is worth a look. Too bad the rest is little more than filler. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Feb 6, 2011

    Steve Epting's dark style was an excellent choice for this story arc, given the tragic elements that make up the story. It makes for an interesting contrast with the colors; Paul Mounts really makes the energy of the super-hero genre pop against the noir visuals that Epting provides. The art is quite consistent throughout the comic, which is impressive since three inkers (including Epting himself) contributed to the finished product. His designs for the wild sci-fi concepts - which are numerous, given the three separate plotlines running through this comic - look great as well, save for the "Annihilation Wave" that serves as the threat in the central storyline. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 26, 2011

    Fantastic Four #587 was a cheap gimmick and nothing more. This issue completely failed to live up the high standard that Hickman has set over the course of his run on this title. The story read like an editorial mandated gimmick rather than an interesting, intelligent and creative plot direction by Hickman. Personally, I have found Hickman's Fantastic Four to be the best Marvel title. That is why it is so disappointing to see such a feeble effort with this issue. Read Full Review

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