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Fantastic Four: The End

by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Format: Softcover, full color, $14.99

ISBN: 978-0-7851-1945-6

Reviewed by: Library Journal

In this well-conceived projected-future tale, Marvel's first family has splintered after a devastating final battle with Dr. Doom in which Franklin and Valeria Richards, children of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, were lost. Reed Richards, whose technology has extended human life spans and brought humanity into a new golden age, toils away on new inventions alone in his asteroid home. His wife, Sue, has embarked on an archaeological quest; Ben Grimm (the Thing) lives with his family on a terraformed Mars; and John Storm (the Human Torch) has joined the Avengers. Earth's solar system is under protective quarantine following a treaty that Reed negotiated with the galactic parliament, keeping humanity isolated from alien races—but when the Torch and the Avengers investigate a breach in the quarantine field, they follow an illegal interstellar transmission to Mars, where they uncover a plot to threaten Earth. Davis (Excalibur, JLA: The Nail) stuffs this exciting story full of familiar Marvel heroes, villains, and aliens and makes interesting speculations on the future of several of them. His highly accomplished artwork remains as dynamic, detailed, and gorgeous as ever. This is recommended for all collections. —Steve Raiteri