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Book Title: Essential Fantastic Four: V. 3|
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The author of the book: Stan Lee
Edition: Panini Publishing Ltd
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781905239030
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Reader ratings: 4.2
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This book has so many awesome things it. The best things in this book are better than Five Stars on any scale. At any rate, let's get to the nitty gritty:
Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 2 had ended with Ben Grimm forced to become the Thing to save the Fantastic Four from Dr. Doom and Ben announced he was leaving again.
The story picks up here with Ben making good on it. Ben is quickly captured by the Frightful Four who brainwash him into turning against his former teammates. This is a great storyline with some pretty good twists that lasts from Issue 41-43.
After that, we have the wedding issue. To be clear, the wedding was not as earth-shattering as some Marvelites indicate given that Aquaman had tied the knot the previous year but this wedding was particularly noteworthy as Dr. Doom used mind control to create an epic attack by nearly every villain in the Marvel Universe to ruin the wedding and the heroes all joined in the attack. Something for the guys here as Thor, Spidey, Iron Man, and everyone dukes it out. Once every settles down, two gatecrashers named Kirby and Lee are turned away by Nick Fury. Classic.
After the wedding, our focus turns to the Inhumans, a superpowered family that thinks of itself as a separate species with characters like Medusa (who is no longer a Frightful Four member), Gorgan, Triton, Lockjaw, and the strong silent type himself, Black Bolt from Issue 44-47.
Then Issue 48-50 feature one of the most important Marvel storylines: the first coming of Galactus, the devourer of worlds. He wants to dine on the Earth. Yet Ben's girl Alicia gets the Silver Surfer to feel compassion for humanity even if it means defying Galactus, who is the most powerful foe the FF have ever faced. The Watcher, a Marvel character who is pledged to observe without interfering breaks the pledge to try and stop and Galactus.
The Lee/Kirby duo had been running on brilliant since at least Issue 29 after a slump between #22 and #28. This featured another one. In some ways, it began in issue 50 where they announced that Johnny would be going to college away from the other three. They introduced Wyatt Wingfoot in Issue #50 as one of Johnny's college classmates. I think they were trying to push the racial diversity envelope but Wyatt was a really boring character.
The Inhumans had become trapped in their own refuge and even though they didn't impact the main plot, beginning in Issue 51, Lee and Kirby took time to explain what was happening with the Inhuman even if they were still just trapped and nothing at all.
I'd assign a mini-slump to Kirby and Lee from #51-#54 and it's a small one. Issue #51 actually had a pretty big emotional payoff as a mad scientist found away to become the Thing while returning Ben Grimm to normal. His plan was to use the power to defeat Reed Richards, but he learns a lot about Reed and about himself. And Ben gets a moment of clarity regarding the love the others feel for him.
Issue #52 and #53 introduce the Black Panther, so again they're not really bad. But this version of the Panther is a little more cheesy and less well-developed than I've come to expect. Just a rich African guy with a ton of money based on vibranium. And then there was Wyatt Wingfoot sucking up oxygen in the story.
Issue #54 is the worst issue in the whole book. Johnny's "love" for Crystal of the Inhumans was the result of a chance meeting that ends in "being in love." The type of thing you see in a Broadway show. Johnny and Wyatt set out to travel the world to find a way into the refuge of the Inhumans with Johnny nearly destroying the world before Wyatt Wingfoot can blandly save the day.
Issue #55 shows a turning point. It's not a great moment for Ben Grimm when he gets so stupidly jealous that he attacks the Silver Surfer but it makes for a great fight.
Then in Issue #56, they get a rematch with Klaw, the Master of Sound and I think the second battle was better than the first one that occurred three issues previous.
Annual #4 is dominated Johnny Storm battling the original Human Torch and is solid
Issues #57-#60 are epic as Dr. Doom deceives Silver Surfer and steals his comic power and uses it against the Fantastic Four. Really, it doesn't get any better than this. Courageous action by every male member of the FF makes for an awesome battle with Torch taking his power to new levels.
Issue #61 sees the return of the Sandman, this time in a suit that looks like it was designed by the Wizard. Really don't like this look on the Sandman who should be a more blue collar villain. Other than that, the story's good. Richards can only defeat the new and improved sandman by putting him into the negative zone, and Reed falls through himself.
Issues #62 and #63 focus on efforts to get Reed out and then to defeat Blastar, the deadly villain who gets out along with Reed. Here the Inhumans at least begin to justify all of the digressions that have occurred in this volume on their behalf.
Positives: Beyond the normal story synopsis, I have to say this book includes a lot of great Kirby artwork including some fine full page drawings particularly in the Galactus and negative zone stories. The book is also amazing in the concepts it introduced that would be so crucial to Marveldom to this very day.
Negatives: The biggest negative in the book is the treatment of Sue Richards. In the stories in #21-#40, Lee and Kirby really worked to solidify the idea that Sue belonged in the team. In these issues, she's relegated to hostage and bit player. In addition, in some of the issues right around the time of the wedding, Reed is almost contemptuous of her calling her, "Woman!" Sue deserved better.
Still, as bad a negative as it is, with all of the surpassing trailblazing positives of this book, it's still a five star collection.
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Read information about the authorStan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber) is an American writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, the Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.
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