To be honest, those movies were not really a gateway drug into the Fantastic Four for me. Before I started reading F4, I saw bits and pieces of the movies and was not really impressed. I was one of those people who assumed that the Fantastic Four were boring and mediocre, and that Reed Richards was a megadouche, because hey, those silver age panels taken totally out of context told me so!
It wasn’t until I read Fantastic Four 1234 and Books of Doom that I started to be more interested in the Fantastic Four. I figured that because Doctor Doom is such a great villain, surely there much be something to his opponents. I found that a great place to start reading Fantastic Four was with Jonathan Hickman’s run and then I’ve sort of been going backwards from there.
If there is one theme that stands out above all others, it is Family. They are family with or without blood ties. I am a sucker for makeshift families thrown together through ridiculous circumstances. And the Fantastic Four go on a lot of ridiculous adventures. Everyone has an important function, so together they make a solid team. However, not everyone is perfect, and their imperfections often play off one another.
One thing I really like about the FF book is that it focuses a lot on characters and interactions that would normally be in the background, with sometimes amusing or bittersweet results. One of my favorite issues is FF #17, where Johnny Storm and Peter Parker are roommates.
Hopefully this helped you understand why I read F4 and wasn’t to rambly, whoops??#Anonymous #Fantastic Four #recs