Shiny Shelf
By Mark Clapham on 07 June 2010 Comments Off

The Fantastic Four have been waiting for a writer like Jonathan Hickman.
While various approaches have been taken in recent years to Marvel’s ‘first family’, often emphasising the ‘family’ angle while torn between retro, silver age callbacks to the Lee/Kirby originals and current comic book fashions, none of these variations have really stuck.
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By Eddie Robson on 16 June 2007 Comments Off

I have to admit that I didn’t see the first ‘Fantastic Four’ movie, mainly because when I saw the trailer it looked like the most generic superhero film ever…

By Jim Smith on 30 March 2006 Comments Off

I’ve bought five comics with the ‘Fantastic Four’ in in my whole life. Four of them were by Grant Morrison and the fifth had art by Jim Mahfood.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 29 July 2005 Comments Off

The Fantastic Four was always something of a lesser property compared to Spider-Man and X-Men, and nowhere is this truer than in the Four’s first big screen outing…

By Mark Clapham on 08 July 2005 Comments Off

So far, when it comes to this year’s two big summer crossovers, at concept level Marvel’s ‘House of M’ is grabbing the Shelf’s attention more than DC’s ‘Interminable Crisis’…

By Stephen Lavington on 11 December 2004 Comments Off

Watchmen for kids.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 19 November 2004 Comments Off

Brad Bird has been a fanboy favourite since his cult classic ‘The Iron Giant’, but with ‘The Incredibles’ Brad has gone from being an outsider on the fringes of feature animation to the major player in town…

By Mark Clapham on 06 January 2004 Comments Off

Apparently this first issue of Marvel’s latest ‘Ultimate’ title has already shifted 200,000 units. That’s a lot of comics, certainly in today’s market. Does it deserve it? Well, no…

By Eddie Robson on 07 June 2003 Comments Off

A bit of a disappointment, this, after Evan Dorkin’s recent ‘Agent X’ two-parter…

By Mark Clapham on 05 January 2003 Comments Off

What do Marvel superheroes do when they’re not fighting evil? Lecture their kids, judging by this comic.

By Andrew Plummer on 12 June 2002 Comments Off

Fantastic Four #50 saw the slightly disappointing tenure of Carlos Pacheco and Jeph Loeb (where the book looked good, if nothing else) more or less come to an end, leaving the FF to coast for nearly