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FANTASTIC FOUR #604

• Forever Part 5: Four-Ever

• Extra Sized Issue!

• The Epic Conclusion Of Our Three Year Story.

Story by Jonathan Hickman
Art by Steve Epting & Rick Magyar
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Cover by Mike Choi & Guru-eFX

Price: $3.99
iFanboy Community Pick of the Week Percentage: 15.6%

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  1. I am pretty bummed out Hickman will be off Fantastic Four. He made me like The Four for the first time.

  2. @ USPUNX At the end of the year he will be off Fantastic Four & FF to focus on indie comics & different Marvel title that has not been announced yet.

  3. I hope that when Hickman leaves the book, we don’t lose the character heads drawn by Dale Eaglesham. I love my Mr. Fantastic looking like a grizzled-yet-gentlemanly Gregory Peck.

  4. This is a jumping-off point for me. I’ve liked the series well enough, but I’ll just pick up the final Hickman arc(s) in trade.

    I wish Epting could have been on more issues.

  5. Man oh man has Hickman’s run on thIs title been something special or what!!!!
    I kinda which I hadn’t read it, just so I could discover it when the omnibus comes out. That’ll be a helluva’n epic tomb!

  6. It’s interesting that Hickman still has a couple of more months to go considering this is the end of his epic story. Guess he has some small, more intimate stories to end his run?

    I do love the Eaglesham heads….they should stay for future runs.

  7. I read the last six issues of FF and the last four issues of F4 over the weekend.

    I can’t wait for my comic book store to open.

    Nine more hours.

  8. This issue was good. Also a good place to finish. I don’t really see the point in staying on for the last stretch because it ends so well here.

  9. Sorry Marvel, you lost with me with this months price increase… Shame too, I was liking this book, but I can’t support 3.99 comics 🙁

  10. Really dug this. The “herald” moment really got me going. Looking forward to the rest of the Hickman run… unsure whether to stay on after he jumps off. But if the new writer continues some of the themes with Franklin and Val I’ll probably stick around.

  11. This is an awesome week to be reading comics although POTW is like splitting hairs….I gave it to Saga as I was so in awe of it BUT then I read this and the damned thing brought a tear to my eye and gave me chills it was so good….So Mister Hickman, the win goes to you.

  12. One of the best comic book weeks I’ve ever experienced. There were so many good books this week, but this book was the culmination of so many storylines. As much as I enjoyed Saga and Locke & Key, this was the Pick of the Week for me.

  13. This is one of the most enjoyable comics I ever read, and I’ve been reading comics for over 30 years.

    Wow. This issue was amazing.

  14. filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

    Is the cover stock still ultra thin? I don’t know if this issue is different as I’ll get it in the mail in a few days but… isn’t anybody else annoyed with the last issues’ covers being the same stock of the interiors? I mean, Dark Horse does the same but their stock is heavier. In F4’s case it really feels too thin. I really dislike it.

    • that’s called “self cover” which is the cover being the same as the interior pages. Marvel recently announced they were doing that on a wide range of books…and i think the plan is to move em all that way. Saves a bunch of money on paper, printing, press time, assembly and so on. Marvel is already using some of the cheapest papers in commercial printing…these moves are showing us how razor thin the margins must be.

    • Yeah, Marvel is going with the “self cover” format beginning in April with all their $2.99 books. They’ve been experimenting with that stock on FF and FANTASTIC FOUR for a while.

    • filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

      I’m kinda OK with the concept itself, but not with Marvel’s stock. That’s really too thin.

    • nobody want’s to hear this, but if you want to keep getting your monthly comics in print, you’re going to have to start accepting cost saving things like cheap paper and self covers. Until they can figure out a way to get em printed 6 months ahead of time in Asia thats kind of the trade off and the reality of printing things these days.

    • filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

      I understand this perfectly but if you degrade your product too much sooner or later you will lose all your customers. In the long run it’s an horrible strategy. This looks to me just like a clumsy attempt to bridge the gap to digital only. I’m curious to see in the next few months if they are going to lose any readers on the self-cover titles or if the readership are already that bunch who would accept anything no matter what. Or (wishful thinking) if they will improve the paper weight. A lot of indies are self covered but their stock is much better. Yesterday I read the last issue of the Thunderbolts and the feeling of the thin cover in my hands was really distracting.

    • @filippod: I’d honestly be surprised if 90% of the readership even notice the difference in cover stock. I certainly didn’t.

    • Wasn’t it established a few months ago that Marvel is currently in a cost-cutting cycle?

      I expect more such changes.

      I don’t think it makes me a mindless slave to enjoy Jonathan Hickman comics despite changing paper types.

      If people aren’t liking the cost-cutting measures used in producing the issues, these stories are still available in other formats, including one with a more premium paper type and one with no paper at all.

      This writer is about to finish an epic run on a flagship title and people are talking about dropping it early or complaining about paying a dollar more for additional content or predicting the demise of the company or the title because of a change in paper stock.

      Wow.

      lol

      8)

      I’m with Hickman on this until the end. I see no reason to jump ship yet. I usually couldn’t care less if someone drops a book or not but some of the comments in this issue’s thread are downright silly.

      🙂

    • filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

      Just to clarify: personally I don’t plan on dropping anything because of the paper.

    • Me neither.

      I hope that doesn’t mean we’re “already that bunch who would accept anything no matter what”.

      😉

    • filippod filippod (@filippodee) says:

      I kinda am, as long as the comic itself is good.

  15. Yeah that can’t be a good sign if you need to change paper stock.

    Although unless it’s Sweet Tooth or Manhattan Projects I don’t really notice (or care) on how the covers or paper feels.

  16. Hickman tweeted yesterday that he has about 15 issues left combined FF/F4 – for those wondering how much there was left. I think thats a pretty damn solid number for someone wrapping up their run.

  17. A solid finish that left me wanting for more. I kind of wish Hickman prolonged this story by a couple issues but if this is where it “ends” that’s a-ok.

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