Fantastic Four: Grand Design #1

Writer: Tom Scioli Artist: Tom Scioli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 30, 2019 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 7
7.8Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Because you demanded it! The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel's First Family!  Brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR'S X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN trilogy! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began... Plus appearances by your faves: Doctor Doom! Black Panther! Namor! Galactus! Mole Man! The Inhumans!
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  • 10
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Nov 1, 2019

    Blessed with the raw energy and wry comedy of old-school comics, Fantastic Four: Grand Design #1 is an entertaining trip down memory lane for Marvel and Scioli. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manuel Gomez Oct 30, 2019

    'Fantastic Four: Grand Design' is the kind of comic book project we need more of. It crackles with energy, love and history. It's a comic book for comic book fans made by an obsessive comic book fan. It's a must-buy if you love this medium. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Nov 7, 2019

    Fantastic Four: Grand Design takes everything we know and love about Marvel's First Family and presents it in a new way in a book that's just right for new readers and has enough juice in it that long time fans will feel right at home. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Rowan Grover Oct 31, 2019

    "Fantastic Four: Grand Design" #1 is a masterclass in compressed storytelling and scale in visual and narrative aspects. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geek'd Out - Jonathan Boes Nov 1, 2019

    But while better pacing would enhance the issue, its primarily a visual work. More than that, its a love letter to comicbook history. I doubt youll find a more gorgeous book on the shelf this week. Check out Tom Sciolis Fantastic Four: Grand Design #1 in comic stores now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Oct 31, 2019

    If the goal of this comic is to relay the history of the first family of Marvel Comics in one series, I’d say it is accomplishing that goal. The comic has an addictive quality to it. The colors, the pulpy design, and the 60’s sci-fi elements are just so delicious. The overwhelming way it is presented can be off-putting for some or confusing, but, for me, it just adds to the fun. It's like being in the cockpit of a zooming rocket as four-color cosmic rays crackle around you and theremin music plays. Personally, I’m enjoying the ride. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Oct 31, 2019

    Tom Scioli shows his clear reverence for Marvel's Silver Age comics, especially the work of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, in Fantastic Four Grand Design #1 with his powerful figure work, far out colors, and soap opera on speed plotting. He uses the beginning of the comic to try to place the Fantastic Four in an, er, grander cosmic narrative, but it all falls apart by the end. With its 20+ panel pages coupled with high attention to detail on each panel, Fantastic Four Grand Design is more hyper-caffeinated history level than an enjoyable comic, and honestly, would have worked better as a page a day webcomic in the vein of Scioli's previous creator-owned work than a traditional floppy. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Watch - J.A. Fludd Nov 5, 2019

    This book is full of pointless, gratuitous, and in some cases inexcusable things that neednt have been so. An homage to the history of The Fantastic Four should be done with love and care. What I see here is someone being allowed to treat it all in a cavalier fashion, in a style that is adolescent at best and juvenile at worst. I dont know whether its more maddening or saddening. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 30, 2019

    Fantastic Four: Grand Design is dense, lovingly crafted, but ultimately incapable of recreating the magic that inspired it from so many decades ago. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Kyle Matz Oct 30, 2019

    While the art is fun and Scioli's humor is on point, there are fundamental problems with the structure of the issue that make it feel inaccessible. Read Full Review

  • 10

    Fun to read..pull this because I enjoy reading it.

  • 10
    GTMedia Reviews Jun 13, 2020

    I discovered Tom Scioli with IDW's Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe series. I also really enjoyed the reimagined Go-Bots series that dropped last year. This is my first time seeing Tom on a Big 2 comic and the results are glorious.

    Fantastic Four: Grand Design follows the footsteps of Ed Piskors X-Men: Grand Design in that it reframes the original books along with the broader Marvel Universe. This acts to make the entire narrative even more cohesive than Stan or Jack could have done. That's not a slight against the original creators. It's just that stories like these benefit from having 70 years of hindsight and continuity. Special consideration must also be given to Chris Robinson who had the gargantuan task of editing this project. more

  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Nov 1, 2019

    A lot of the wrong things are skimmed over while less interesting things are magnified. And there are some random changes here and there that kind of chip away at the original stories' integrity. This, much like the X-Men Grand Design books, is good for looking at rather than reading through. Especially as things are convoluted immediately by the way the writer/artist tries to get the information across. The X-Men comics at least built up to it.

  • 4.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 1, 2020

    It's as fun as a pop quiz in Marvel History 101. I've got the knowledge to ace the test, but that doesn't mean that taking it is at all enjoyable.

    Also, this comic is going to go down in art history as the prime cautionary example of why making your go-to layout the 25-panel grid (!) is a bad idea.

  • 8.5
    Grifter Nov 10, 2019

  • 7.0
    Sigmund Floppychest Oct 30, 2019

  • 6.5
    tonpas1989 Dec 1, 2019

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