Dark Reign: Fantastic Four

Dark Reign Fantastic Four Dark Reign strikes Marvel s first family in an explosive way Prepare to be blown away as H A M M E R agents attack the Baxter Building Reed changes everything The Human Torch suffers a horrible loss

  • Title: Dark Reign: Fantastic Four
  • Author: Jonathan Hickman Sean Chen
  • ISBN: 9780785139089
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dark Reign strikes Marvel s first family in an explosive way Prepare to be blown away as H.A.M.M.E.R agents attack the Baxter Building, Reed changes everything, The Human Torch suffers a horrible loss, and Franklin and Val go shopping There s Time Travel, Alternate Realities, Celestials, Eternals, Deviants, and Doombots and important than all of that, we findDark Reign strikes Marvel s first family in an explosive way Prepare to be blown away as H.A.M.M.E.R agents attack the Baxter Building, Reed changes everything, The Human Torch suffers a horrible loss, and Franklin and Val go shopping There s Time Travel, Alternate Realities, Celestials, Eternals, Deviants, and Doombots and important than all of that, we find out the answer to the question What is the Bridge Collecting Dark Reign Fantastic Four 1 5

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    • Artemy says:

      Appropriately fantastic! I really love how Hickman writes his Marvel books. It's never your boring typical 'heroes-versus-villains' setup, he always brings some interesting and unexpected ideas to the table. This particular book reminded me a bit of Grant Morrison's Multiversity, because we got to see a bunch of Marvel parallel universes from the perspective of the Fantastic Four. Hickman manages to construct an interesting story around this concept and get right to the core of Reed Richards as [...]

    • James DeSantis says:

      I told my friend I'm finally reading Infinity. His response? You better fucking read Hickman's Fantastic Four before Secret Wars or you won't feel the FEELS! So I went back and decided to follow the reading order online. Surprised it recommended starting with Dark Reign but screw it. I loved the hell out of the Dark Avengers so why notright? Well this was my first official fantastic four comic and's okay. What's it about though right? Reed is kind of figuring out why the hell Secret Invasion and [...]

    • Aaron says:

      After reading some of Hickman's other Fantastic Four work, I decided to go back and read this Dark Reign tie-in, which represents his first time writing an FF title. I'm glad I did. If this was Hickman's trial run before getting handed the reigns to the full title, then he definitely proved that he had what it takes to do so. He utterly nails each character right out of the gate, and gives them a ton of room to play around. I particularly loved his characterizations of Franklin and Val, who he c [...]

    • Anne says:

      As usual, I could only understand about half of what was going on Reed and the Gang. Possibly due to the fact that I don't follow what goes on with the FF with any kind of regularity. The only time they interest me is when they intersect with a larger story arc in the Marvel universe. It's not an unreadable story, but I'm not sure that this added anything to Dark Reign. So, if you're not a die-hard Fantastic Four fan, feel free to skip it.

    • Arturo says:

      I'm not an FF fan, probably like most people, and I was already aware from reading the first issue years ago that this wasn't a big crossover to Dark Reign and was one of those books to show why the FF aren't too involved (or to get them out of the way). Norman Osborn does show up to the building with HAMMER agents, but they don't attack the building like the description states.The story focuses on Reeds new invention, a Bridge to see into alternate realities. Sue, Ben and Johnny falling through [...]

    • Gavin says:

      Where was the FF during Dark Reign? Why here, at homeOnly the most slight tie in to DR, which is fine by me.Reed decides he has to figure out why things went wrong and builds a machine, the Bridge, to examine the multiverse, and uses it like a Google for infinity, examining other realities and Civil Wars, Invasions, Reigns, etc.The rest of the Gang travel thru realities, and the kids embarrass NormieI especially love the "nice hair loser" line by Franklin to Osborn, while wearing a Spidey mask.O [...]

    • Mike says:

      The single greatest impression I have at the start of this book (other than "here's where Hickman really took off with Big Ideas") is how emotionally flat everyone's faces are. Which is especially jarring at the moments when the characters are having very emotional moments. It's art troubles like this that keep me from fully enjoying what should be five-star creative work.After having read some of Hickman's later FF, it's interesting to see where he started laying the foundations for his later s [...]

    • Sophie says:

      I'd heard a lot of great things about this book. Deservedly so. This is really, really good. Reed builds a device that allows him to see other realities, where things like the SHRA and the Skrull invasion have turned out differently. He wants to figure out how to prevent all the conflict and tragedy. While he's busy doing that, the remainder of the FF are trapped in alternate timelines and Val and Franklin are facing off Norman Osborn. This was the kind of book that had me going, "Yes! Yes!" ins [...]

    • Craig says:

      It was good, but a bit less than great, especially since I came to this after reading Hickman's later efforts with the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation. Still, as others have mentioned, we get to see him laying some of the groundwork here for what was to come. Reed's work with the Bridge is interesting stuff. The other team members tumbling through time? Not so much (it happens so quickly, they don't really get to do much other than look around quizzically before it's off to the next era [...]

    • William Thomas says:

      A completely expository piece that reads like an internal dialogue with Reed Richards. No climax, no resolution. Jesus Christ what a shit show.

    • Derek says:

      I found this rather tame. The bridge contraption was cool, so was the alternate universes, other than that, nothing else stood out.

    • Sonic says:

      This was really really good! Some of my favorite writing from Hickman. Strong art.True FF!

    • Trey Kennedy says:

      I was a little disappointed in this one. It’s not Hickman’s strongest. It’s certainly not as good as the series it sets up.

    • Carlos says:

      Meh, interesting from Reeds, and the kids point of view, but I lost interest in the lost in time/dimensions aspect of the other 3. Mediocre

    • Jedhua says:

      Book Info: This collection contains Dark Reign: Fantastic Four issues #1-5.Other Useful Reviews: Shannon Appelcline's reviewABSOLUTE RATING: 3/5 starsSTANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>There are three concurrent subplots at play in this collection. One involves Reed’s attempt to understand exactly what led to the Secret Invasion and Civil War, specifically what part *he* directly played in it. To do so, he creates a machine that allows him to glimpse into other parallel realities, and obs [...]

    • Matt says:

      Collects Dark Reign: Fantastic Four issues #1-5When I set out to read Jonathan Hickman's run on Fantastic Four, I assumed that the best place to start would be Volume 1 of Fantastic Four by Hickman. Surprisingly, this was not the correct place to start. I was actually supposed to start with this book, Dark Reign.I heard that a reading order was available online for reading between both Hickman's Fantastic Four and his Future Foundation. It was on this reading order list that I discovered Dark Re [...]

    • Ian says:

      Being out of the comic scene for a while I was fascinated by this book when I discovered so many things seem to have changed including the fact that Sue Richard's daughter was alive(I remember a "What if" comic about if she survived and how she would affect the world from years ago.} All that aside I found the book to be a great read showing the conflict of Mr Fantastic and the accidental dimension hopping of the other team members. If that is not enough for you throw in "Home Alone" Fantastic F [...]

    • Colm says:

      Good stuff. Wish I'd read it before I read "Solve Everything" but it wasn't very well signposted. The mini-series that set up Solve Everything and the Council of Reeds and earned Jonathan Hickman his job at the helm of the Fantastic Four. There's some good stuff in there. I particularly enjoyed Franklin and Valeria vs. Norman Osborne. Lawyer Val was pretty funny. Interesting to see Osborne come unhinged straight away as opposed to the Dark Avengers run where it took more generally for him to not [...]

    • James says:

      Can't really get behind the premise of this one. It comes in the Dark Reign portion of Marvel's timeline, which has Green Goblin villain Norman Osborn basically in charge of the nation's security state--and acting like an open psychopath. Reed Richards is reacting to his role in a string of ill-advised line-wide crossovers, and the rest of the team gets thrown through time thanks to a machine he's built. Some funny lines and scenarios follow for the time travelers, but the premise is thin, and b [...]

    • Jacob says:

      Well, it appears I read what would otherwise have been the first FF Hickman book well after so many other volumes. Heck, the Future Foundation books have come out as I type this. I didn't like this work nearly as much as everything that came afterward as this reads like mainly a setup for the first major story arc of Mr. Fantastic attempting to solve everything. The short story at the end by a different artist was more impressive than the main work that made up most of the book and it was less t [...]

    • Mark says:

      Reed Richards decides to explore alternative realities to discover if recent traumatic events could have been avoided. Meanwhile, the rest of the Fantastic Four are inadvertently sent reality hopping while the kids fight off Norman Osborn.Above average art and a good story line, this book should appeal to fans and new readers.It has very little to do with 'Dark Reign' and the story is pretty standard for Fantastic Four.NotesReed reaches some surprising conclusions.Learning CurveLow: New readers [...]

    • Todd says:

      This adds nothing to the overall Dark Reign storyline. However, this is Hickman setting the scene for what I remember as one of the best Fantastic Four arcs of all time.This isn't a great earth shaking storyline. It is a story that stars Franklin and Valeria mostly. They are fun. I love that Val is a genius but still a child. It makes her character that much more fun.(view spoiler)[I don't know if I knew enough Fantastic Four lore the last time I read this. I don't think I understood that Frankl [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I never get particularly into the Fantastic Four- for whatever reason, they just done suck me in. Although I thought the Franklin & Valeria story in this one was a lot of fun.Mostly, I was reading this one to see the various alternate realities of Civil War/Dark Reign that Reed explored. Of course, my favorite was the one where Civil War didn't happen because Iron Man was a woman, and she and Captain America got married.

    • Shannon Appelcline says:

      Hickman's focus on Reed and the kids is quite good, but unfortunately it's balanced by a silly, somewhat incomprehensible rush through history by the other three that makes what could be a brilliant comic into something very uneven. I was also somewhat disappointed by how much the Dark Reign elements were minimized -- because they're some of the best parts of the book.Still, it's a nice setup for his run, where he's better able to balance things.

    • Nicolas says:

      I'm not a huge fan of the Fantastic Four (thanks, Jessica Alba), but I decided to give this run a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were good and surprisingly interesting. I haven't read "Civil War," "Illuminati" or "Secret Invasion" so some of the background stuff was confusing but not enough to lessen my enjoyment of the story. I really enjoyed this author's writing. I'm excited to get the next volume.

    • Username says:

      The part with Sue, Ben and Johny jumping between alternate realities felt like padding, just to give them something to do. The good parts were Reed's discovery journey and the kids fending off Osborn.

    • Andrew Obrigewitsch says:

      This is very different from most of the other Marvel books I've been reading, which tend to be very dark. I like the sci-fi concepts and the story over all is pretty fun.

    • James Dunphy says:

      Reed Richards invents The Bridge which is a super computer that downloads infinite alternate realities. That concept is the only good thing about this FF arc. Nothing too special in the end.

    • Sharon says:

      Individual issues on marvel unlimited

    • Michael says:

      A fun collection from one of the most imaginative minds in comics today, though the best moments come from Dark Reign: Cabal one shot at the end and not the five part Fantastic Four story.

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