Fantastic Four #1

Fantastic Four #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 26, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The world's greatest comics magazine begins anew with Marvel's First Family, the Fantastic Four! But as the brilliant MR. FANTASTIC, the compassionate INVISIBLE WOMAN, the ever lovin' THING & the hot-headed HUMAN TORCH embark on a strange mission, they aren't met with new beginnings, but an untimely end! As the family of cosmic explorers head towards their darkest hour, who could possibly be behind their downfall? And how is one of their oldest enemies, the sadistic dragon known as Fing-Fang-Foom involved? Prepare for the fantastic!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Feb 26, 2014

    FANTASTIC FOUR opens with a predictable enough first issue -- imminent doom, a fresh (but familiar) introduction to the Four as they vanquish a monster and spend time as a family -- but the arc title and a sneaking suspicion that Robinson, Kirk, & Co. have a lot more up their sleeves than just "the First Family gone bad" make this one of the more intriguing selections of Marvel's latest renumbering. I'm always a fan of this series, and this new #1 seems like a great time for anyone and everyone to jump on board. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - James 'Hopper' Powers Feb 27, 2014

    Fantastic Four #1 is a great reboot of Marvel's "first family". The Fantastic Four have never been on the top of my pull list. I do find myself enjoying this book. I am really excited that there is something new to enjoy in The Fall of the Fantastic Four. I am happy to have given this book a chance, as there are some serious events being set in motion. I recommend this book as a jumping on point. Prepare for what may be yet another famed run in the Fantastic Four franchise. Hurry up, issue #2! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 27, 2014

    Fantastic Four #1 was an excellent debut issue for this volume that set an intriguing tone for what is to come. Robinson and Kirk are in total sync with the story being told and the net result is a simply fabulous comic book. Old readers, new readers, hop on board, Fantastic Four is one of the strongest comics in the Marvel line again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 26, 2014

    "Fantastic Four" #1 does exactly what debut issues are supposed to do: appraise the reader of the cast of characters, establish the plot and surrounding subplots and hook the reader for more to come. James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are welcome additions to the expanding Marvel NOW! Universe and "Fantastic Four" is now climbing towards the top of my reading list, hoping to share a spot with other Marvel books like "Daredevil" and "Nova." Like those other titles, I've never been more excited to read "Fantastic Four" than I am right now. Those other titles better beware -- with "Fantastic Four" #1, Robinson, Kirk and company make a strong case for this comic book to return to prominence as "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 27, 2014

    I'm not a fan of dark and gloomy, but I'm certainly interested enough to hang around and see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Mar 4, 2014

    And wow does Leonard Kirk make all of this newfound Baxter Building gloom go boom. Even panels featuring the more personal " such as Sue and Reed having a moment, or Bentley just being his usual mischievous, inventive self " pack plenty of pretty things (at least as much as I can alliterate"). Call it: no cubicle left behind. Thankfully, feeling lonely will be far from the truth for Fantastic Four comic book fans smart enough to pick this up. Don't call it a comeback" Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Mar 2, 2014

    Overall, a good solid start to a new series that I hope continues and gets even better. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Ian Yoxon Mar 1, 2014

    Overall I highly suggest readers to pick up this comic. If you haven't been a fan yet of the team you might be after reading this comic. It starts fresh for new readers while old readers will have fun reading this as stuff from the last volume wasn't forgotten. The creators of this series are an interesting choice if you know most of their work. It seems like many things will happen that will take them to dark places that will break them so I'm keeping my eyes pealed for the next issue to see how things go. If you're a fan of Earth 2, I can be certain that you won't be disappointed if you decide to pick up this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Patrick McAleer Mar 3, 2014

    With action where each member gets their moment to shine, tender moments later on that highlight how first and foremost this is a family (who are incidentally super-heroes) writer James Robinson seems to have a handle on this, one of the most important titles in the Marvel stable. Having piqued our interest with an unfolding tale which will apparently recount the demise of the Fantastic Four, this is a sure-footed first issue in a new volume for Marvel's First Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 27, 2014

    “Fantastic Four” #1 is something of a reset button for the characters, distilling them back to their most basic character traits and visual iconography. But in doing this, Robinson is careful to keep the threads going from Hickman-to-Fraction-to-now going. In that way, this really is “Fantastic Four for Dummies”, but modern too. Aside from Robinson's typical two or three oddly-worded dialogue bits (anybody else notice these?), his opener on the title is as rich and balanced as his work has been since his renaissance with “The Shade” and “Earth 2.” Leonard Kirk provides an accomplished, dependable, and surprisingly melancholy take on the property. If their first issue is any indication, it stands to reason that the “Fantastic Four” relaunch couldn't have come soon enough and fantastic adventure lies ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 26, 2014

    In a lot of ways, Robinson and Kirk provide a very comfortable and familiar take on the Fantastic Four with this first issue. And considering how the previous series started to lag in its final months, it's not unwelcome to see the series revert to what has worked in the past. But what will really defined this run, for better or worse, is the darker material lurking beneath the surface. Assuming the book doesn't become too mired in darkness, this has all the makings of a memorable creative pairing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Mar 3, 2014

    This is a good introductory issue to the Fantastic Four for new and old readers alike, although it does lack a certain pull due to being the establishing issue. However with Robinson's vision of the team outlined, next issue will be sure to see all hell let loose, as the "Fall of the Fantastic Four" begins proper. Invasions from alternate dimensions are rarely a good sign after all. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gilad Levin Feb 27, 2014

    Fantastic Four #1 is a promising start for this new series. Although I disagree with some creative choices, this issue got me interested in a "Fall of ___" story, which I usually consider a cop-out when a writer can't think of anything better. I also appreciated the way previous events were subtly introduced into the story and explained for new readers so that you could enjoy this issue even if you didn't read the previous series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 28, 2014

    Overall though,Fantastic Four #1is a great first offering, and easily one of the best things to come out ofAll New Marvel NOW! so far. If you enjoyed Robinson'sEarth 2over at DC or his recentAll New Invadersthen this book will be right up your street – but if you're a fan of the Fantastic Four then you'll get a kick out of this as well. In fact, you'll probably enjoy this even if you don't fall into the above categories – because Robinson is certainly a very solid writer and always manages to impress. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Feb 26, 2014

    In the end, despite the ordinary art style, there were a few scenes where Kirk properly captures the scope of the situation through his art and I am very intrigued with the way this series is deciding to start and it makes me crave for answers to my questions. One thing that is definite however is the fact that the Fantastic Four that we've known in the past is about to be flipped on its head. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Alan Shields Feb 27, 2014

    Fantastic Four is off to a very positive start with its new creative team, and I'm happy to stay on board with the title. It's a book that I just want to be entertained by, and there is a comfortable balance and pace to this first issue that leads you to believe the team is in very good hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Kevin Finnigan Feb 27, 2014

    Fantastic Four has been a bright book as long as I've been reading it. This makes Leonard Kirk (pencils), Karl Kesel (inks), and Jesus Aburtov's (colors) artwork stand out that much more. Fantastic Four #1 is a dark comic. The darkness seeps in gradually through the issue, constantly pecking at the happiness the Fantastic Four are enjoying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 1, 2014

    The Fantastic Four is a book that has seen some epic runs, two notable ones in the last 10 years. This issue shows that the book is returning to basics but is setting up something epic. The issue is a great point for a new reader to jump on. There aren't a lot of references to previous issues but there is some nice backstory. The book has some action and has some nice character defining moments for a reader to get comfortable getting to know them. This is a comic to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 26, 2014

    By the way, there's no mention of the red-and-black outfits, not even some witty aside, and the FF kids are still in the whites. There is a bit of chicanery with the Foundation kids that momentarily breaks up the somber tone of the first issue, but all in all, it's a truly ominous affair. Hickman was able to make this team work by embracing the huge-scale cosmic events this family deals with, while Fraction's run succeeded on its embrace of the gee-whiz fun and interpersonal drama. It remains to be seen what shape the Robinson era will take, but it's probably going to be a bit depressing for a while. Let it settle in. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Feb 27, 2014

    As far as first issues go, this is a nice enough introduction for new readers, but it still feels like a teaser for the main event. It reads like one of those issue zero prequel books, or a Free Comic Book Day pre-story. Its still good, but Im keen to just jump into what comes next. I guess thats a good way to be afterreading #1. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 26, 2014

    Fantastic Four #1 isn't a perfect comic, but it's a good enough relaunch for the team even if it doesn't achieve much in the way of characterization. Robinson has a good track record with big stories and big stakes. The sci-fi tilt that the FF have always had will surely be a fit for him stylistically. Leonard Kirk is already proving himself amongst the elite of Marvel's widescreen, action artists. As long as Robinson's scripts keep giving him exciting new places and things to draw, we're going to see a lot of range from him. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Feb 26, 2014

    Maybe my expectations were too high for this book or maybe James Robinson just had really big shoes to fill after Fraction when he decided to take on this series, but it didn't live up to the hype I had in my mind for it. That's not to say it wasn't really good though, it's definitely a book worth checking out for anyone who enjoys the FF as much as I do. While it may be a bit too dark, Robinson has definitely sparked my intrigue with this storyline being told from the past working its way up to present time and I'll be sticking with it for an arc at least! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Mar 3, 2014

    A brand new day is dawning for the Fantastic Four and though James Robinson and his team stumble a bit during this first issue, they clearly have something to say and big plans for The Fall of the Fantastic Four. Fantastic Four #1 is the latest in a long line of "pilots" designed to not only introduce new readers into established characters quickly, but a way to establish a new way of telling serialized stories within comics. Though, the practice may not be widely accepted just yet within the ranks of die hard comic fans, this new way of presenting story arcs has connected with a new crop of readers and brought countless new fans into the fold. Marvel is looking to be ahead of the curve, and who better than the First Family to be on the bleeding edge? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 26, 2014

    While it does have its share of problems concerning some choices in the art and the direction, the approach to the characters, the attempt at difference and some of the finer points of Leonard Kirk, Karl Kesel and Jesus Aburtov does make this opening issue to this new volume more of a success than a failure. It's not a complete triumph, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Feb 27, 2014

    The real star of this book is artist Leonard Kirk. His grasp of the team look is spot-on and his composition during moments of action are bordering on cinematic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - James Orbesen Mar 24, 2014

    Robinson and Kirk just haven't carved out their niche. They're trying to recreate the past instead of simply respecting it. The toys are still in their packaging and I don't think so sudden a relaunch can afford to play so tamely. Again, there are slight hints that something greater might be in the pipe but there just isn't enough here to justify why the reset button needed to be hit, again, so soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Feb 28, 2014

    Fantastic Four #1 is a nice start to the team's latest relaunch, but it suffers a bit from set-up syndrome. Robinson and Kirk take an entertaining tour of classic Fantastic Four elements and introduce a few storylines of their own, but nothing really stands out as especially new or exciting. It's all par for the course for the Fantastic Four, a mixture of superheroics and family drama, with a hint of even more drama to come. I just hope Robinson has a few bigger ideas in store for the team than just red costumes. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Mar 3, 2014

    Fantastic Four#1isn't a bad issue of comics. It's fine. It's got good art, but Kirk isn't exactly a revolutionary talent, and he can't particularly turn a mundane story into something memorable. Robinson hints at exciting things to come " big sweeping character changes, a new status quo, tragedy. It all sounds really interesting. But, if I'm being honest, I'd much read an interestingFantastic Four #1 than an advertisement promising thatFantastic Four#5 is going to be off the hook. Maybe it will be. Robinson was once an exceptional long-form storyteller. That doesn't make me more impressed about this one, though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Mar 4, 2014

    Leonard Kirk's art is strong, as always. Kesel gives it a real nice spit and polish with his clean lines. But nothing can make these rote motions really feel fresh. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 27, 2014

    When I break it down, this book has a hard row to hoe. As a reader, I don't want to see a rehash of Hickman, Fraction or Millar, nor do I want something completely off the beaten path for the Fantastic Four. While this issue manages to balance out the basic of interaction and the personalities of the characters, they don't ever quite feel right, and I'm very nervous about the dark tone of the flash-forwards, even as I want to see how it all plays out. If there were more consistency of dialogue and less fluidity in the character's facial features, I might rate this relaunch somewhat above average, but the combination of strange territory with those inconsistencies leaves us with a book that is interesting, though somewhat flawed. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 28, 2014

    In the end, Fantastic Four may have a new #1 issue and a new creative team but that's all that's new. Fans of the First Family of Marvel may enjoy it, but new readers will have little reason to continue on with the saga past this first issue. Read Full Review

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