Thursday, March 10, 2016



(Marvel, First Printing, 2013; Softcover)

Collects Fantastic Four #201-203 and Fantastic Four Annual #12-14 (cover dates Annual 1977- Annual 1979)

Writers: Marv Wolfman and Bill Mantlo with George Perez
Artists: Keith Pollard, Bob Hall, Sal Buscema, John Buscema, and George Perez with Inking by Joe Sinnott, Bob Wiaceck, and Pablo Marcos

This is kind of an odds and ends collection, basically tying up the plotline of the team getting back together and making their declaration of intent as well as three double-sized Annuals. Issues 201-203 are okay. Competently done though not Earth-shattering. Kirby wasn't losing any sleep over his run being overtaken, that's for sure.

I really enjoyed the rematch with Salem's Seven. 

My favorite story in this book is the one in Annual #13, where The Mole Man is kidnapping statues and people from the surface world to live with him in an abandoned subway tunnel. It's one of those charming Bill Mantlo/ Sal Buscema productions. Those two were prolific, and while their work is never ranked as anyone's favorites, they have done some fine work together.

The material in this book will be reissued in “high def” this fall in Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four Vol. 18. Will I double dip? Time will tell...
Junk Food For Thought rating: 3.75 out of 5.

The OCD zone-
Linework and Color restoration: Things look tight and the color palette is faithful to the original comics. It will be interesting to see what errors, if any, are fixed when Marvel Masterworks Fantastic Four Vol. 18 remasters this material this fall.
Paper stock: Matte coated stock of sufficient thickness and weight. This is the same stock found in the softcover Marvel Masterworks and Epic line books.
Binding: Perfect bound trade paperback.
Cardstock cover notes: Thick waxlike lamination.

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