I will never understand why Reed gets so much hate from so many comic fans I mean really look at him
and such a lame nerd I mean c’mon he is the ultimate science bro
AND HE SINGS WHILE HE WORKS
and sometimes he has trouble interacting with…
All right, all right, what’s some suggested reading?
Fantastic Four rec list? I can do that. Going with comics published in the last ten years or so, is that all right?
1. Jonathan Hickman’s run on Fantastic Four, which covers issues #570-588 and 600-611, plus FF volume 1 #1-23. It is perhaps the most perfect F4 run there has ever been, dealing with both a grand, overarching cosmic story and the personal relationships and tribulations of family. Several of the panels above came directly from this run. Includes Sue kicking ass, an entire Council of Reeds, the Fantastic Four adopting ~all of the kids~ and their archenemy, Doctor Doom, becoming something like the wacky uncle of the family.
2. Mark Waid’s run on Fantastic Four starts with volume 3 #60-70, then switches back to the old numbering because 500 is a milestone in comics, so issues #500-524 conclude his run. This run takes Reed through some of his darkest moments in recent history, but ultimately the strength of his family’s love keeps them all together. In which the family travels pretty much everywhere, including the microverse, across the galaxy, heaven, and hell. Also, Reed plays some parallel to Magic the Gathering with his son. Great fun.
3. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four. The Marvel Adventures line is aimed at younger audiences, so these comics are just pure fun and silliness. See also: the toaster panel above.
4. Marvel Knights 4, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. This series focused less on the sci-fi/adventure/exploration stories that Fantastic Four is known for, and more on their personal lives, at least in the beginning. They have a major falling-out with the public, which leaves them struggling for money and an identity outside of ‘superhero celebrity’.
5. Also, Fantastic Four Season One, also by Aguirre-Sacasa, is the most recent re-telling of their origin story. It’s a fairly solid story, overall, even if it isn’t quite as good as the rest of this reclist.
6. Mini-series such as Isla de la Muerte (monster mystery!), Big in Japan (Iron Man and F4 vs. Kaiju!), and all of their crossovers with X-Men.
I don’t know if you’re just getting or perhaps planning on getting into Fantastic Four, but I hope you enjoy exploring their stories! Reed’s an adorable nerd, Sue is wonderful and badass, Ben is hilarious and lovable, and Johnny’s just plain fun. They have an impressive range of stories that can be told, and at the heart of all Reed stories (and F4 by extension), are themes of family and exploration.
Trying to get back into F4 believe it or not! I never actually read any of the comics aside from some crossover stuff and the cartoon series from the 90’s and 2006. I figure I should try to get back to it since I’m getting burnt out on Avengers and X-Men seems like a mass of confusion with…well everything. How’s the current run?