So, it's been raised that the Superheroes thread in SE++ is a bit megathready and has probably sucked the traffic out of GV. I have never posted in GV before, I don't think, but figured why the hell not address the problem right now rather than waiting for whatever.
In honour of the recent release of the spectacular bomb of Josh Trank's F4 movie, it seemed appropriate to divert some of the discussion about a super fantastic family into its own thread.
Reed Richards, super genius and analog for the element of water.
Sue Storm-Richards, deemed the "most powerful" of the four (a requirement for being married to Reed, I suspect) since being written with the ability to disconnect vital organs from the rest of your body by creating a forcefield INSIDE YOU and analog for the element of air.
Johnny Storm, obvious analog for the element of fire, serves as the team's goofy comic relief and stereotypical handsome-guy-in-a-group-situation playboy.
Ben Grimm, analog for the element of earth, known to be the team's muscle and serves as Johnny's foil within the team as well as, back in the day, being a visual reminder and cue for Reed's internal guilt and conflict at what happened to his family.
Franklin Richards, son of Sue and Reed who is basically a super-omega level mutant.
Valeria Richards, daughter of Sue and Reed, named by Doctor Doom, and whose genius rivals that of her father's.
HAVING ADVENTURES! SCIENCE! SPACE! NEGATIVE ZONE! SAVING THE WORLD! BEING OUT IN THE OPEN, REAL NAMES AND ALL, FAMOUS FOR IT, CONTRASTING MUCH OF THE REST OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE FOR A LONG TIME!
I used to read F4 when I was much younger, and only recently revisited them with a subscription to Marvel Unlimited and a reading guide to Hickman's run. Which I loved and recommend; see below.
Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5
Fantastic Four (1998) #570-588
Fantastic Four #600
Then Fantastic Four #601-611 and FF #12-23. I read these in date order (ie, alternating) cuz it's easy to do that on Unlimited and that worked well.
Be sure to include #605.1 as well!
NOTE: Also happy for someone to list out a Waid reading guide as well, as I've heard good things about Unthinkable but haven't read it myself yet.
Anyway, this thread is for all things Fantastic 4, from the comics to the movies to the TV shows to the individual characters to, of course, their amazing villains.
All hope lies in Doom.
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