Carey, Mike


3 out of 5

(1 book)

Fantastic Four: The Official Movie Adaptation

(Art by Dan Jurgens and Sandu Florea)

The adaptation of the 2005 FF movie which sees Reed Richards, Sue and Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm and Victor Von Doom being exposed to cosmic radiation whilst on a space mission.  Returning to Earth, they begin to discover that the cosmic rays have imbued them with superhuman powers.

I can't say I ever particularly liked the Fantastic Four movie.  To me it seemed shallow and cheesy in the way 90s superhero movies were rather than mature explorations of the comic books in the way that the X-Men and Spider-Man movies of the early 2000s were.  It also failed to have a convincing villain, with this iteration of Doctor Doom just being the absolute worst possible interpretation of that character (until Fan-four-stic came along, at least).

All that said, this isn't a terrible graphic novel.  I think this short graphic adaptation works better than the movie in a lot of ways, not least the fact that it feels like a brief recap of the FF's origins without seeming to have the pretensions of being a larger story that the movie had.  It also doesn't have the problem of shaky 2005-era CGI or the Thing's clearly-just-a-big-rubber-suit dragging it down either.  Doom is still rubbish, but the rest of this book is a perfectly fine retelling of the beginnings of Marvel's first superheroes.

3 out of 5

Collaborations & Anthologies:

The Human Torch (Jim Hammond): The Torch (here)

Ultimate Vision (here)


Marvel Comics (here)