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Fantastic Four #560

“Well, let’s start with the good news. The good news is that the Earth DIDN’T die in the early part of the twenty-first century. It actually survived another five hundred years, thanks to the efforts of Doctor Reed Richards. But when the end times came, it was worse than we imagined. Twelve billion people starved to death, half the world’s cities drowned in the seas and cancer and disease affected almost every living creature. The rich and the powerful disappeared overnight, leaving behind a lawless mess that the world’s remaining super heroes bound together to protect. But it was HOPELESS and we KNEW it. Hence the reason I built the big MACHINE…” Revelations over revelations. Galactus was used as an energy battery to power a time machine which was supposed to bring the New Defenders and 8 billion people back in time away from the apocalyptic crisis. Back in the past, Johnny Storm isn't all impressed by the New Defenders motives and Doom swears more... “Well, let’s start with the good news. The good news is that the Earth DIDN’T die in the early part of the twenty-first century. It actually survived another five hundred years, thanks to the efforts of Doctor Reed Richards. But when the end times came, it was worse than we imagined. Twelve billion people starved to death, half the world’s cities drowned in the seas and cancer and disease affected almost every living creature. The rich and the powerful disappeared overnight, leaving behind a lawless mess that the world’s remaining super heroes bound together to protect. But it was HOPELESS and we KNEW it. Hence the reason I built the big MACHINE…” Revelations over revelations. Galactus was used as an energy battery to power a time machine which was supposed to bring the New Defenders and 8 billion people back in time away from the apocalyptic crisis. Back in the past, Johnny Storm isn't all impressed by the New Defenders motives and Doom swears a vendetta. Meanwhile, we get to know the real leader of the New Defenders, ... Sue Storm. She disguised herself as the Fantastic Fours nanny and then walked through the entire team, knocking them out one by one to snatch a missing component from the lab...

Fantastic Four #559

You should have remembered the old adage, Johnny: love the woman, love her family. And when the woman is the super-villain called Psionics, that raises the stakes to a whole other level. Now it’s the morning after, and Lightwave, Natalie X, Alex U-16, Doc Banner and the Burning Man expect you to live up to your responsibilities. It’s the Human Torch’s worst break-up ever—or will it be a shotgun wedding? Plus: where in the world is Doctor Doom? You should have remembered the old adage, Johnny: love the woman, love her family. And when the woman is the super-villain called Psionics, that raises the stakes to a whole other level. Now it’s the morning after, and Lightwave, Natalie X, Alex U-16, Doc Banner and the Burning Man expect you to live up to your responsibilities. It’s the Human Torch’s worst break-up ever—or will it be a shotgun wedding? Plus: where in the world is Doctor Doom?

Fantastic Four #558

Who are the New Defenders, and why does their appearance on Earth foretell the eventual extinction of mankind? Who has liberated Doctor Doom from his incarceration awaiting trial, and why? And what's up with Valeria? (Oh, and the Fantastic Four are in it too...) Who are the New Defenders, and why does their appearance on Earth foretell the eventual extinction of mankind? Who has liberated Doctor Doom from his incarceration awaiting trial, and why? And what's up with Valeria? (Oh, and the Fantastic Four are in it too...)

Fantastic Four #557

“World’s Greatest” concludes! It’s the ultimate engine of peace pitted against Reed Richards’ most lethal invention, for all the marbles! And a shocking final page that’ll have you feeling every minute of the thirty-day wait until the next issue!Reed smashes Alyssa's robot with his even-bigger robot.Then he turns Alyssa down.And goes on a time-travelling anniversary dinner with Sue.Johnny finds his criminal girlfriend lying naked on his bed with strategically-placed money she just stole from a bank, and still can't help himself.Doom arrives at the Baxter Building, demanding to see Reed Richards...Hmm, interesting. Looking over Millar's whole first arc, there's a lot of approve of, but some quibbles with the execution of the threat. CAP is totally perfunctory, and not even Millar in this issue seems to really be all that invested in him. "World's Greatest" serves as a platform to introduce Millar's various long-term plots, and CAP is blatantly more... “World’s Greatest” concludes! It’s the ultimate engine of peace pitted against Reed Richards’ most lethal invention, for all the marbles! And a shocking final page that’ll have you feeling every minute of the thirty-day wait until the next issue!Reed smashes Alyssa's robot with his even-bigger robot.Then he turns Alyssa down.And goes on a time-travelling anniversary dinner with Sue.Johnny finds his criminal girlfriend lying naked on his bed with strategically-placed money she just stole from a bank, and still can't help himself.Doom arrives at the Baxter Building, demanding to see Reed Richards...Hmm, interesting. Looking over Millar's whole first arc, there's a lot of approve of, but some quibbles with the execution of the threat. CAP is totally perfunctory, and not even Millar in this issue seems to really be all that invested in him. "World's Greatest" serves as a platform to introduce Millar's various long-term plots, and CAP is blatantly only here to give the Fantastic Four someone to fight. His defeat is not particularly creative (Reed smashes the big robot with his ever-bigger robot), though it does play into the whole issue of Alyssa's feelings for Reed (namely, that Alyssa put Reed's name on the list of people CAP can't hurt). Around that, though, there's a lot to like here; following CAP's loss, we get a series of epilogues, all of which work great; the characterization is good, and Sue and Reed's anniversary dinner is a particularly fun mix of sci-fi and romantic comedy. All this plus the promise of lots of Doctor Doom in the next issue.

Fantastic Four #556

That’s the problem with Utopias—they’re all-too-often built on a foundation of human tears. When an organism designed to abolish war is set into motion, and it decides that the only way to accomplish its objective is to eliminate anyone who could possibly pick up a weapon, there’s only one foursome to turn to if humanity is going to survive! That’s the problem with Utopias—they’re all-too-often built on a foundation of human tears. When an organism designed to abolish war is set into motion, and it decides that the only way to accomplish its objective is to eliminate anyone who could possibly pick up a weapon, there’s only one foursome to turn to if humanity is going to survive!

Fantastic Four #555

THE EARTH IS DOOMED! Buy this issue for a first-look at mankind's new home. Also, the Torch gets nekkid with a super-villain.Twenty years ago at the University of Vienna, Alyssa tells Reed that they despite their sharing a kiss, they can't have kids together. Since they are both so brilliant, she says they owe it to mankind to spread their genes as far as they can.Reed is impressed with the designs and progress for Nu-World. Alyssa and Ted tell him that Earth will be uninhabitable in less than ten years. They are trying to recreate it all to the tiniest detail. They consider it a clean slate and a chance to start over. One of the things they have in mind is to prevent weapons being allowed. They've created CAP ("Conserve And Protect"). It will patrol the world to make sure there's no guns, nuclear devices, etc. Alyssa says he's as powerful as he needs to be. They don't want all their work to go to waste if someone decided to try to blow up the more... THE EARTH IS DOOMED! Buy this issue for a first-look at mankind's new home. Also, the Torch gets nekkid with a super-villain.Twenty years ago at the University of Vienna, Alyssa tells Reed that they despite their sharing a kiss, they can't have kids together. Since they are both so brilliant, she says they owe it to mankind to spread their genes as far as they can.Reed is impressed with the designs and progress for Nu-World. Alyssa and Ted tell him that Earth will be uninhabitable in less than ten years. They are trying to recreate it all to the tiniest detail. They consider it a clean slate and a chance to start over. One of the things they have in mind is to prevent weapons being allowed. They've created CAP ("Conserve And Protect"). It will patrol the world to make sure there's no guns, nuclear devices, etc. Alyssa says he's as powerful as he needs to be. They don't want all their work to go to waste if someone decided to try to blow up the planet. Despite all the work they've done so far, they still need Reed's help.At Johnny's new place, he is woken up when he's two hours late for his band's rehearsal. On the way there he flies by a scene on the freeway involving a super-powered woman. She seems to have psionic powers. Johnny grabs her and carries her away from the scene. As they continue to fight, they end up making out.At the Earth Trust's North Pole station, Alyssa and Ted get word that CAP's excaped. Apparently he overheard the conversation with Reed about the soldiers in the real world and he's going after them.

Fantastic Four #554

MARK MILLAR! BRYAN HITCH! Need we say more? All right, we will! Who is Mrs. Fantastic? And how will her return into Reed’s life rock comicdom’s First Family? Also, get ready to meet the Invisible Woman’s brand NEW super-team! This issue kicks off a year-long storyline that will make FANTASTIC FOUR “The World’s ULTIMATEST Comic Magazine!” Promise!In the old west, Reed, Sue, Franklin, Valeria, and Ben are outrunning some natives. They are making their escape on a time sled. It seems something went wrong with a plan to go back in time. They had to rescue Ben from 1862 before they ended up here. Riding a train rail, they narrowly miss hitting an oncoming mail train before returning to the present.With a crash, Ben goes flying and lands at Johnny's feet. He mentions to Johnny that their plan was to go to Disneyland's grand opening in 1955. They notice that Johnny's packing some stuff and ask him what's going on. They thought he wasn't moving out west more... MARK MILLAR! BRYAN HITCH! Need we say more? All right, we will! Who is Mrs. Fantastic? And how will her return into Reed’s life rock comicdom’s First Family? Also, get ready to meet the Invisible Woman’s brand NEW super-team! This issue kicks off a year-long storyline that will make FANTASTIC FOUR “The World’s ULTIMATEST Comic Magazine!” Promise!In the old west, Reed, Sue, Franklin, Valeria, and Ben are outrunning some natives. They are making their escape on a time sled. It seems something went wrong with a plan to go back in time. They had to rescue Ben from 1862 before they ended up here. Riding a train rail, they narrowly miss hitting an oncoming mail train before returning to the present.With a crash, Ben goes flying and lands at Johnny's feet. He mentions to Johnny that their plan was to go to Disneyland's grand opening in 1955. They notice that Johnny's packing some stuff and ask him what's going on. They thought he wasn't moving out west to be a stunt man anymore. He tells them that he doesn't want to live of the royalties of Reed's patents the rest of his life. He figures the real money is in being in the world's biggest rock band. He bought a loft on the other side of town and is setting it up for a reality television show. He flies off to meet with his manager.Ben realizes that this is the day he promised his old school that they'd go in and talk to the kids about being superheroes. Sue says she can't because she's forming a new group with Wasp and She-Hulk. It's a charity they're setting up to help victims of superhuman incidents. Ben manages to guilt Reed into going with him.At the school, the teachers get ready for their arrival. One is thinking this is her chance with a superhero since she read that Reed and Sue were having marriage problems. Two hours later, the class is almost asleep as Reed has been droning on and on. Finally Ben asks them if they want to play in the Fantasicar. As the kids are now having a blast, he flirts and gets a date with another teacher, Debbie Green.Back at the Baxter Building, Sue, Janet and Jennifer are meeting. Suddenly a woman materializes in front of them. It's Alyssa Moy, Reed's old girlfriend from college. She apologizes for her interruption and tells Sue she's only authorized to talk about the problem with Reed. She also mentions that she has married Ted Castle. Reed walks in and mentions that he's one of the smartest people on Earth. She finally tells them that the project they're working on is the biggest thing he'd ever be involved in and it will affect the entire world. She promises Sue to have him back withing twenty-four hours. They leave and Ben comments on how she's ten times hotter than he remembers. Sue just gives him a look.Fifty miles from the North Pole, Reed arrives at the Earth-Trust. It turns out that the Trust is the most highly classified organization in the world. They take Reed through a trans-dimensional tube and arrive on Nu-World, the place where they will live when the Earth dies.

Fantastic Four #553

The unexpected conclusion! When the Fantastic Four meet their future couterparts, they finally learn the astonishing outcome of Reed Richards' secret, post-Civil War plan. The unexpected conclusion! When the Fantastic Four meet their future couterparts, they finally learn the astonishing outcome of Reed Richards' secret, post-Civil War plan.

Fantastic Four #551

Someone DIES! The original Fantastic Four is together again, just in time to cross paths with a hero who has traveled twenty years into the past in a desperate attempt to save his future from Reed Richards, the madman who is about to change the face of the planet. Oh, and the hero who has come back to save the world? His name is Doctor Doom. Someone DIES! The original Fantastic Four is together again, just in time to cross paths with a hero who has traveled twenty years into the past in a desperate attempt to save his future from Reed Richards, the madman who is about to change the face of the planet. Oh, and the hero who has come back to save the world? His name is Doctor Doom.

Fantastic Four #552

Dr. Doom has come from the future with a message: Reed Richards must be stopped now, before his ultimate Civil War plans come to fruition. What was Mr. Fantastic really doing during Civil War? The answers are finally revealed. Also, Reed from the future tells Marvel's events after Civil War: World War Hulk and Secret Invasion, very funny. Dr. Doom has come from the future with a message: Reed Richards must be stopped now, before his ultimate Civil War plans come to fruition. What was Mr. Fantastic really doing during Civil War? The answers are finally revealed. Also, Reed from the future tells Marvel's events after Civil War: World War Hulk and Secret Invasion, very funny.

Fantastic Four #550

Reed and Sue team up with the New FF in a desperate gambit to find the source of the disease wracking the fabric of space/time itself. Only one being can follow such an ineffable trail but a resentful Silver Surfer is in no mood to help King T'Challa. Plus Dr. Strange, The Watcher, and the awesome destiny of Gravity! Reed and Sue team up with the New FF in a desperate gambit to find the source of the disease wracking the fabric of space/time itself. Only one being can follow such an ineffable trail but a resentful Silver Surfer is in no mood to help King T'Challa. Plus Dr. Strange, The Watcher, and the awesome destiny of Gravity!

Fantastic Four #549

The Frightful Four have made a tragic miscalculation in their plans for revenge, as Reed and Sue have now returned to the FF—and that makes the odds six to four…With the return of Klaw, the Fantastic Four, with Mr. Fantastic, are put on the ropes. Klaw uses his sonic-based abilities to take down the Fantastic Four with the help and knowledge of the Wizard. Wizard reveals that he was able to revive Klaw with a sound bite that he downloaded online. The Thing is more resilient than Klaw expected, especially since the Black Panther handed him vibranium ear plugs with block Klawn's power, and he punches him so strongly that the Klaw's body dissipates. Just when it seems that the Wizard is done for, the other members of the Frightful Four arrive, namely Titania and Hydro-Man. Before another round of fighting occurs, Storm arrives with a very angry Invisible Woman, who was held captive by the Frightful Four. The Invisible Woman makes quick work of more... The Frightful Four have made a tragic miscalculation in their plans for revenge, as Reed and Sue have now returned to the FF—and that makes the odds six to four…With the return of Klaw, the Fantastic Four, with Mr. Fantastic, are put on the ropes. Klaw uses his sonic-based abilities to take down the Fantastic Four with the help and knowledge of the Wizard. Wizard reveals that he was able to revive Klaw with a sound bite that he downloaded online. The Thing is more resilient than Klaw expected, especially since the Black Panther handed him vibranium ear plugs with block Klawn's power, and he punches him so strongly that the Klaw's body dissipates. Just when it seems that the Wizard is done for, the other members of the Frightful Four arrive, namely Titania and Hydro-Man. Before another round of fighting occurs, Storm arrives with a very angry Invisible Woman, who was held captive by the Frightful Four. The Invisible Woman makes quick work of Titania and Hydro-Man, fighting against the Wizard and explaining to him why she is so angry. Sue scares the rest of the Fantastic Four since they believe she killed the Wizard, but she made him faint by showing him his own organs. Taking the Frightful Four and placing them in suspended animation, Black Panther tells the team that they will arrive on Earth in a few months, which should give time to Sue to figure out what to do with them. While riding their spaceship back for home, the Fantastic Four meet with a disturbance and find themselves facing a large group of Watchers, realizing that there is a rip in the space-time continuum. When they think about what to do about it, their spaceship is attacked by a plethora of aliens.

Fantastic Four #548

Fantastic Four vs. Frightful Four—‘Nuff Said!

Fantastic Four #547

The Wizard has come all the way to Saturn's moon, Titan, to get revenge on his greatest enemy, but Reed Richards is more concerned with the message encoded in a strange artifact from 700 light years away. Meanwhile, the current FF deal with the aftermath of their battle with the Marvel Zombies. The Wizard has come all the way to Saturn's moon, Titan, to get revenge on his greatest enemy, but Reed Richards is more concerned with the message encoded in a strange artifact from 700 light years away. Meanwhile, the current FF deal with the aftermath of their battle with the Marvel Zombies.

Fantastic Four #545

Reed is flying a spaceship to take Sue on their second honeymoon. It turns out he has plans to take her to Titan to the winter home of Mentor.Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four are still close to Epoch as the Silver Surfer says he is going to bring Galactus to feed off of her. Black Panther has prepared life support bracelets for the team in case they lose atmospere. He gives Johnny extra so that he will be able to flame on if necessary. He warns the rest of the Fantastic Four and Michael Collins (still on board the ship) not to try anything. He says he will give them a little time to complete their mission before summoning Galactus to feed on Epoch.Ben questions what the Surfer is doing back with "that piece o'crap" Galactus and the Surfer tries to explain. He says that good and evil are complex concepts and sometimes to save lives who have to do bad things. Ben says he's not going to let Galactus eat Epoch. Black Panther tires telling him that more... Reed is flying a spaceship to take Sue on their second honeymoon. It turns out he has plans to take her to Titan to the winter home of Mentor.Meanwhile, the Fantastic Four are still close to Epoch as the Silver Surfer says he is going to bring Galactus to feed off of her. Black Panther has prepared life support bracelets for the team in case they lose atmospere. He gives Johnny extra so that he will be able to flame on if necessary. He warns the rest of the Fantastic Four and Michael Collins (still on board the ship) not to try anything. He says he will give them a little time to complete their mission before summoning Galactus to feed on Epoch.Ben questions what the Surfer is doing back with "that piece o'crap" Galactus and the Surfer tries to explain. He says that good and evil are complex concepts and sometimes to save lives who have to do bad things. Ben says he's not going to let Galactus eat Epoch. Black Panther tires telling him that Epoch and Galactus are not their business. He doesn't see how they would have the powere to have a say in the matter.Now Ben and T'Challa argue. Storm pulls him aside saying that they are not going to walk away without getting involved. She also says not to make her embarrass him in front of his friends. So the Panther says that Epoch is under their protection.Ben goes outside the ship to try to talk to the Surfer. He asks the Surfer to let Epoch be and they can go get some burgers. Silver Surfer says he understands what Ben is trying to do but he will not be distracted from his mission. He suggests that Ben go back inside his "primitive conveyance" and get out of there because that whole region will be consumed and transformed into energy for Galactus to consume. Johnny smacks himself in the face because he knows that that remark will make Ben fight the Surfer.As he goes through the motions of the dance they've done before, Ben realizes that this stall tactic won't work this time. In the past, the fight would go on until Reed thought of a way to outsmart the Surfer. Johnny comes to Ben's rescue and carries him away. Suddenly the Silver Surfer feels the vacuum of space getting thicker. Thinking Epoch is up to something, he soon discovers that it is Storm. She tells him that she's gathered stray hydrogen atoms and brought them here. The Silver Surfer says she is foolish if she thinks he will be outmatched by a human. Storm blasts him with lightning.As the fight goes on, Epoch says she has to cut things short. She brings out Gravity. He has been reborn. Confused to where he is and what has happened, Epoch tells him that he has been choesen for the greatest honor the universe has to bestow. She says that since Quasar has met his end, the universe needs a new protector.The Silver Surfer is enraged. He scoffs at the attack saying that he flies throught the heart of suns. The Human Torch blasts him with fire knowing that it most likely will have little effect. As the Surfer flies back, his board keeps going and smacks Johnny in the head. As the Surfer summons his board back, the Black Panther jumps on it. He surprises the Surfer and grabs him from behind. He says based on his physique, he will not be able to break free of the hold he has on him despite his strength.Black Panther tells the Silver Surfer that he wants to talk things over. They want to know what happened to the body of Gravity that was taken from his grave. Then the Panther is blasted from behind by another of Galactus' heralds, Stardust. The Thing is encased in a bubble and bounced away. Silver Surfer tells Stardust to stop. He says despite the fact that they are fighting, Ben is still his friend and now he is curious as to what the Black Panther has to say. Galactus arrives and the Silver Surfer says they can tell him themselves. They have thirty-minutes to complete their business.Black Panther tells Michael to bring the ship down. Johnny asks what the plan is. Panther says to do whatever they want and leaves. The FF are in shock. Storm says it was the most strategically sound move. The Thing says Panther may be a coward but he's The Thing. He prepares to take on the Surfer again. They are interrupted as the new Protector of the Universe is ready to step in.

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