Fantastic Four #1

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Skottie Young, Simone Bianchi, Sara Pichelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 8, 2018 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 39 User Reviews: 69
8.2Critic Rating
7.7User Rating

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Since the end of SECRET WARS, there's been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it's time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man!

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 11, 2018

    Slott's Fantastic Four return starts where it should, with a slow, emotional build that makes the return feel bigger and more emotional than expected. This is a comic that rightfully cares about its characters. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopCultHQ - Christian Kern Aug 8, 2018

    I loved it! I didn't think I would. It starts off incredibly boring, cramming as many cameos as possible of previous Fantastic Four members, from Wyatt Wingfoot to Medusa, and Crystal to Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk), and even Luke Cage. The story does pick up for me when Ben asks Alicia to marry him. Showing once again that Slott is not afraid of married main characters or marriages in general. The dichotomy between Ben and Johnny is amazing. For the time being, the two both know that Reed and Sue are gone for good and more than likely dead, even after their own personal search across the multiverse yielded nothing. Ben has come to accept it and moved on to a mourning stage for his best friend and his would-be sister. Johnny, however, has not accepted they are gone. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Chase Magnett Aug 8, 2018

    Fantastic Four is once again the world's greatest comics magazine. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Aug 10, 2018

    While Dan Slott is definitely bringing his A-game to this title, Sara Pichelli really blew me away with her renditions of the characters. I was especially impressed with her interpretation of The Thing, and how she was able to evoke subtle expression from a face made of rock. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Aug 10, 2018

    The Fantastic Four are back, and the Marvel Universe is suddenly a better and brighter place. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    On Comics Ground - James Portis Aug 8, 2018

    Fantastic 4 #1 is everything we wanted it to be and more. It gives you that taste of Nostalgia, while also giving you hope for the future. If you missed your family like many of us have, you will love this title. I highly recommend it and approve it as a Fantastic read and I most definitely meant that pun. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Aug 15, 2018

    If you're a Marvel fan or you're tired of comics that serve to darken the world presented, do yourself a favor and pick this one up! Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 10, 2018

    Whether you've been reading the title since 1961 or this is your first FF adventure,Fantastic Four#1 is definitely worth your $5.99. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comicsverse - Matt Attanasio Aug 8, 2018

    FANTASTIC FOUR #1 may not give us the family reunion we've been waiting for, but there's still so much here to love. This issue tells a great story, features some amazing artwork, and gives us a lot to look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - J.A. Fludd Aug 11, 2018

    This issue, in which nothing happened but everything happened, played like the prologue to the real story still to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Sep 19, 2018

    There has been a lot of excitement and build-up for a return of the Fantastic Four, especially for one helmed by a beloved Marvel writer like Dan Slott. He has not disappointed so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 6, 2018

    A strong issue with family, and the emotions that come with it, at its center. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Aug 8, 2018

    The characters are well handled and the art is really strong. Would I have liked a bit more action? Sure, but we want to establish how everything is currently, so that it can be fixed when Reed, Sue and the kids return. Go out and read this you, otherwise you'll make The Ever Lovin' Blue Eyed Thing cry, and nobody wants that. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Aug 8, 2018

    Fantastic Four #1 is as good of a debut as anyone could ask for. It's exactly what the Fantastic Four have deserved, and fans of the characters will be elated with what Slott is doing with them. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo Aug 6, 2018

    FANTASTIC FOUR #1 is what's been missing in superhero comic books. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 8, 2018

    This is the perfect welcome back for long-time fans, but a potentially daunting introduction for new readers who might get hung up on details that are slim in this story about Marvel's First Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason Dincauze Aug 15, 2018

    The team succeeds on just about every level--except fulfilling the desire of fans to see the Fantastic Four back together again. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 9, 2018

    Thanks, Marvel, for bringing back "The World's Greatest Comics Magazine." Hopefully, very soon, it'll be worthy of that title again. But not quite yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 8, 2018

    Personally I was a bit disappointed that there was no actual return in this first issue. It was teased, though this was more of a catching up with those left on Earth more than anything else. The only reason I could give them a pass right now is because this creative team went out of their way to make it known through the Skottie Young story that next month is where we will without a doubt get our return. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 7, 2018

    It'll be a long 30 days, but if this first installment is any indication, Fantastic Four will be a story that's about faith rewarded. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Roger Palmer Aug 11, 2018

    Seeing the Fantastic Four back and at the forefront of Marvel is a great sight. This issue helps set the current situation with the Ben and Johnny, while also setting up the return of the rest of the family. If you're a Fantastic Four fan, this issue is a must have and a great jumping on point for those new fans wanting to see the family in action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 8, 2018

    The fact that Slott is injecting some joy into the proceedings though is a welcome development overall. Marvel Comics' first family deserves some happiness, especially Ben Grimm/The Thing. There's enough in this issue to make me curious about what's next, but it's going to take some of that old Kirby (now Hickman) smart sci-fi to keep me interested. Family dynamics isn't enough. We'll see where this new Fantastic Four goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Aron Pohara Aug 9, 2018

    If you are longtime fan of Fantastic Four fan you are going to be pleased that the book is back even with it not hitting all the notes and if you are a new reader you can get a small sense of what this book meant for lot of people and why it is a staple in the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Aug 9, 2018

    A maudlin, heartfelt, promising start to the long-awaited return of the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Aug 8, 2018

    If you're a an avid Marvel reader, a lapsed fan, or a new reader this is the comic to start with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Allen Christian Sep 13, 2018

    All in all, I feel comfortable in recommending the book to new fans looking for a good place to start, though it wouldn't be my first choice. Jonathan Hickman's run is probably the best modern place to start, if you aren't looking to go back to the incomparable Lee/Kirby days. For longtime Fantastic Four fans, however, Fantastic Four #1 by Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli is an absolute must. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Lune Aug 10, 2018

    Despite feeling more like a prologue than the actual first issue, Fantastic Four #1 allows both Slott and Pichelli to prove why theyre the right people to bring back Marvels First Family. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Aug 8, 2018

    I think right now this is essentially Fantastic Four Rebirth and right where these characters need to be at the moment. This issue was adequately grounded for me and had all the feels. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 8, 2018

    In a few brief pages, Slott and Bianchi perfectly capture the grandeur of Doom and how, in many ways, he is a far more heroic figure than anyone in The Fantastic Four. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Aug 8, 2018

    The Fantastic Four #1 was a delight to read. Full of hope and adventure to come, along with some big changes for characters. The art by Sarah Pichelli is gorgeous and the highlight of the issue. The continuityof the series does drag the issue down for me; if you are reading Marvel Two-in-One or The Avengers you may be a little confused about a few different things in this issue. Besides that, I had fun reading it and I am very excited about what is teased for the future of the Fantastic Four. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - RobF Aug 16, 2018

    I can be honest in saying that I didn't miss the FF nor was I looking for their return. I am a fan of Slott's so I decided to give it a shot and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I want to see if Slott can revive the FF like he did Spider-Man. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Aug 8, 2018

    It was a great read and I really think Dan Slott is going to be a great writer for this book. It's just not the first issue I wanted or expected. Are future issues gong to be two stories in one or will it become like traditional comics? We will just have to wait and see. All in all though if you are a fan of the Fantastic Four then there is definitely a lot to enjoy in this issue. Just know going in that it is more of a teaser than a true first issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Aug 9, 2018

    Not rushing to bring them back together is the right approach, one taken with care, yet it doesn't gel well with the Doctor Doom tale drawn by Simone Bianchi and Marco Russo, which speeds through resetting some of the Fantastic Four's surrounding status quo. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Aug 14, 2018

    Fantastic Four #1 is a welcome near-return for Marvel's premier family of superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 8, 2018

    Fantastic Four #1 doesn't give the new series the exciting start it needed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Aug 9, 2018

    Like I mentioned, I'm a huge Fantastic Four fan so I'll be back in issue two but this is a pretty solid stumble out the gate for the book. I'm really hoping things pick up considerably in issue two. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Aug 8, 2018

    Despite the idea that I should be able to "wait one more month", I can't help but feel this is a wasted opportunity, a feeling that is not helped by the fact that on one page they spell one of the main characters name wrong; believe when I say I know how to spell Johnny and it isn't with two 'H"s. Hopefully this typo has been picked up prior to the book going to press. Regardless of typo's, my overall feeling regarding this book is that it is less than Fantastic and is in reality "just another comic magazine". Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 13, 2018

    Even if they aren't together yet, it does appear that the family is ready for a reunion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 9, 2018

    I would only recommend Fantastic Four #1 to die-hard Fantastic Four fans. For everyone else? Just hope aboard with Fantastic Four #2. Yeah, you will miss the brilliant two page scene where Ben proposes to Alicia. But, I cannot justify telling people to spend $6.00 for two pages of content. Other than those two pages, readers will miss absolutely nothing at all by skipping Fantastic Four #1. instead, hop aboard with Fantastic Four #2 which promises to be the true debut issue of this new title. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Muldoon452 Aug 8, 2018

    I remember a time when you could by an FF comic book and 1) the FF actually appeared in it...and 2) stuff actually happened in it...and 3) it was fun with high adventure.

    This has none of that...for $5.99.


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  • 7.0
    Luminous Aug 7, 2018

    Not much happened to be honest. While reading this, i was confused on the continuity between this book and Two-In-One. How are Ben and Johnny on earth here when they're elseworld in the other book? The events don't line up and Slott's characterization on Johnny is questionable right now.

    Zdarsky's Two-In-One had the better debut issue.

  • 5.5
    SloboSOY Aug 9, 2018

    I had the need to laugh. All that for this. So not enough that this spit on Marvel Two in one (Who will read the title now they know this will lead nowhere ?) but that play with the fan too. Gladly I start it with no expectation. I even take it more for feed my curiosity than because I missed the team. For me the only time this team was good was with Robinson. So I don't have the expectation other reader have about it. I start it in the same feeling than Ben, where most of you start it as Johnny.
    I don't really care of how the family will come back, but I'm a little mad that Ben have a "Last Story" in memory. This feel wrong.
    And I see the link to how slott will make the family come back, but in a way that feel wrong.
    What fe more

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  • 3.5
    Walt's Comics & Books Aug 9, 2018

    What a let-down. The 5,99$ doesn't sweeten the "deal" either.

  • 10
    AkR Sep 12, 2018

    The book is a bit pricey but I really enjoyed this first chapter. The ending was really well handled and emotional.

  • 10
    gustave154 Aug 7, 2019

    Fantastic Four is back and wow are they fantastic

  • 9.5
    Ashearer88 Aug 18, 2018

    Awesome start i really enjoyed this cant wait to see where it goes.

  • 9.5
    crisgusmao Oct 16, 2018

    Great return! Our so loved characters back with a kind of mistery.

  • 9.0
    daddyT Aug 8, 2018

    I hate the cover art but the book isn't like that at all. Well done, full of feels and even if it isn't exactly what we HOPED for (yet!) trust me - it's enough!

    so now #2 is the first book I've actually LOOKED FORWARD to in a long time!

  • 9.0
    KFuqua Aug 8, 2018

    Liked it a lot. I just wish that we had got to see the reunion in this first issue.

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Aug 8, 2018

    Quite enjoyed this first issue. The heart is there, the art was great but the price wasn't good.

  • 8.5
    MKW69 Aug 8, 2018

    Promise of something great.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Aug 17, 2018

    This is almost everything I wanted it to be. You know what's missing if you've read the issue, but I've had a feeling this may be the case. There's a lot of great moments here, the writing is definitely strong as expected from Slott, as he does a very good job with stories like this. Artwork was definitely outstanding as well. My main drawback, which takes away some points from the score, is the price, which could've definitely been lower if some pages were cut down.

  • 8.0
    Rick Jonez Aug 8, 2018

    As far as long overdue relaunches go this was absolutely... a... uhm... long overdue relaunch. Nothing bad but nothing really notable and that Doom backp was very disagreeable.

  • 8.0
    Synthozoid Aug 10, 2018

    I liked the comic, but 6 bucks is ridiculous.

  • 8.0
    DarioV Aug 12, 2018

    All these reviews giving low scores because the FF aren't together yet don't see the point. This was a very good introduction to possible new readers but also featured a massively important event for the reunion of the team. It also has the light-hearted feeling that an FF comic should carry, so all seems to point to Slott being the right choice for the greatest super-team of all time.

  • 7.5
    mglsts Aug 8, 2018

    Not the most exciting start and it's mostly a slow setup for future events, but still did enough to keep me curious.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Aug 9, 2018

    "What the pop?"

    Fantastic Four was swept under the rug and stayed there for a long time. Now, free from Spider-Man's clutches, Dan Slott brings it back... well, almost.

    This is a good beginning and a perfect jumping on point for FF, I'm speaking from experience. We get a little introduction to the characters, who's who and all that, but everyone knows these heroes anyway, even if they never held an FF book in their hand.
    Not very much happens story-wise, but some life-changing decisions are made by some characters and Victor von Doom reclaims his throne. And we get a little glimpse of Reed and Sue.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Aug 10, 2018

    Whiel this wasn't terrible, it could have been a lot better for a book with a team we haven't seen in years. The story we got though was serviceable and definitely didn't turn me off from continuing but, we will need to see some improvement in issue 2. I haven't been reading Marvel 2 in 1 so Im a little confused if I've missed anything about Doom since the end of Iron Man. His turn to villainy in here seems very rushed although this story was pretty solid and menacing. Overall, a good but not great start.

  • 7.5
    Dani Aug 13, 2018

    This was my first time reading a Fantastic Four comic and it was a fun issue. This issue had a little bit of comedy, romance and drama; but don’t expect any action-packed scenes. This issue mainly served as a reintroduction into the characters; and showed how important the Fantastic Four is to the city and superhero community. Based on the ending, the action should pick up in the next couple issues.

    The last ¼ of this comic focused on the villain. I didn’t really enjoy this part of the story. The comic up until that point did a great job introducing the heroes and their friends. Unfortunately, we did not get the same effort with the villain. Someone new to the Fantastic Four would have been lost.

    The artwor more

  • 7.5
    EdNothIng Jul 24, 2019

    Esperava mais. Mas isso está muito longe de ser ruim. Slott é um mestre da escrita e os desenhos são ok, a Sara já foi muito melhor.

  • 7.0
    Big Brother Aug 8, 2018

    Just okay. Hopefully we'll get fireworks next issue.

  • 7.0
    Bigbooty Aug 12, 2018

    First off, the cover art is terrible and has absolutely nothing to do with what’s inside. Next up, not judging a book by its cover, the art is ok until the Doctor Doom story and I can’t get over the Fred Flinstonesque look of Doom. Story - This is a setup book, nothing more and too early to tell if the series is gonna be all that. Not a great 1st showing after all the hype. Meh.

  • 7.0
    READ RUMBLE Aug 14, 2018

    I liked this issue. Granted they didn’t reunite and not much happens I have hopes once this series gets going it will be good. However; I did not like the art. It was bad. Too...cartoony?? Amazing Spiderman same way. The splash page with Thing and Alicia was just cringe worthy, but I liked story enough that I’m on board. If you want a first issue of a comic series that starts off running, thougjh, check out Justice League Dark. Now that’s how you start a series!

  • 7.0
    ZodTee Aug 14, 2018

    Good but shoulda been a zero issue.

  • 7.0
    CrazyforRAMU Feb 25, 2019

    The Fantastic Four fail to reunite. This felt like a good zero issue or a pair of good B-stories, but the headline action the Fantastic Four need is MIA. So far 2-in-1 remains a better FF comic than FF without even trying.

    I found the first strip's art surprisingly shoddy for this title and this artist. The second strip was visually stronger but featured one of the most questionable character designs ever for Dr. Doom.

    The Impossible Man gag strip actually sealed the deal and ensured I rated this short of "good." It's full of that reprehensible smugness that aging Marvel writers develop once they're sure that they outrank the fans: "I know [plot development X] infuriates you, but I'm not gonna do anything about, ha ha, more

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Mar 5, 2019

    This was alright, I liked parts of it a lot, but I don't really care about Reed or Sue sorry.

  • 6.5
    ohhaimark Aug 8, 2018


    Overall, this was a good start. I think, as with many of Dan Slott's comics, the strongest part of the writing is the characterization of all of its characters. This issue contains enjoyable characters down to the supporting cast. It is still a good concept to have Johnny Storm as the one who is hopeful for the Fantastic Four's return, while Ben Grimm has given up all hope. Although it was only a page, seeing the other superheroes give their thoughts on the legacy of the Fantastic Four was a fun thing to do for the first issue. Although, there are a lot of pages like that one that end up feeling like filler, despite being fun pages. For example, the flashback, wh more

  • 6.0
    Sav Aug 9, 2018

    It's nice and all, but it's all feels and nothing else. Plus, what a way to write off that two-in-one series, huh?

    **Spoiler** Why even finish it when this series skips past the whole event. They get home safe. Nothing was gained. And Doom is back to his depressed and ugly self.

    I'm not a fan of the sjw movement in comics (nor in life). But at least it gave us new heros. Unfortunately, that will only ever be the change comics will make. God forbid we upset the status quo. Who doesn't love the same old shit?

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  • 5.0
    ManOfTheAtom Aug 11, 2018

    The Thing and Human Torch are still roaming around NYC dealing with the absence of Reed, Sue, and the kids the best they can. I find this tiresome since they've been doing that in Marvel 2-in-1 for nearly a year now. Ben and Johnny have also been traveling across the multiverse trying to find them. There's a lot of nodes to the past, which I found nice. Medusa and Crystal both spoke about the absence of half the family. There's a silly nod to the Yancy Street Gang, which were some punk kids. I found 2 touching moments in the story; one with flashback of Johnny singing the family back to the city using an alien object and second with Ben proposing to Alicia. The later was particularly touching because Johnny took it as a sign of Ben giving u more

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