Ultimate Fantastic Four #1
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Ultimate Fantastic Four #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar Artist: Adam Kubert Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 31, 2003 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 5
7.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

THE FANTASTIC PART 1 (OF 6). The Ultimate Fantastic Four - Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Susan Storm & Ben Grimm - are introduced to the Ultimate Marvel Universe. But just how do they become the Fantastic Four?

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Jan 8, 2004

    The one regret that I've always held as a comic fan is that I wasn't around when Stan Lee and company were in the middle of the creative firestorm in which the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe were created. Every single character on my top ten favorite Marvel characters list emerged from this period (with the notable exception of She-Hulk), and while the creation of the Ultimate Universe isn't nearly as momentous an accomplishment, I imagine it does manage to nicely approximate the feeling of discovery that readers must've felt in the early 1960s when Marvel comics was arriving on the comic scene. There's a wonderful sense of discovery to these early issues, as Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar work their magic in their reworking of the Marvel Universe. I truly hope that this opening issue draws in a ton of new readers, as the Fantastic Four are a great concept that perfectly capture the scale that comics can operate at, and this opening issue just scratches the surface of the po Read Full Review

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    Comics Bulletin - Bob Moser Jan 4, 2004

    If you didnt jump onboard for the other Ultimate titles, then here is your chance to redeem yourself. In fact buy two copies so you can auction one later to the Johnny-Come-Latelies. Marvel really should sign this crew to exclusive contracts before DC steals them away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 16, 2004

    I'll admit that I was never much of a follower of the FF in regular continuity: what I have gleaned from their numerous guest-appearances along with the 9c issue last year is an image of a superhero family and a sense of fun, something lacking in many of today's "mature" comics. Happily, the down-to-earthness that is typical of a Marvel comic is married to a real sense of the fantastic here - although experience tells us that it'll be a few issues before the series finds its feet and we can really judge it on its own merits. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Page45 Jan 6, 2004

    Can't say it thrilled me, but neither has the original outside of Grant Morrison's contribution, and I don't suppose for one second that I'm their prime target audience. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tim Hartnett Jan 9, 2004

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had charm in their Four. I don't know what this contrived mess is. There's no sights to see, interesting characters to meet, and everything that happens you'll expect. Look to Mark Waid if you're looking for that modern sense of Fantastic Four adventuring. Read Full Review

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