Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Cool Graphic Novel Collection

Although Darth Bill is the graphic novel meister, I still like them and just finished a really good collection called The Best of the Fantastic Four, Volume One. It's so good that I had to tell you about it. It goes all the way from Fantastic Four #1, published in November, 1961 to a story called "Inside Out" from October, 2002. All this was a lot of fun to read!! Even these older stories were great. You'd think they'd be old and out-of-date but, no, they're still exciting after all these years. And the newer ones keep the thrills going too! There are 14 stories in this collection and it'd take too long to tell you about all of them, so I'll just hit the best:
"A Blind Man Shall Lead Them"--Daredevil leads the FF against Dr. Doom. "The Alien, the Ally, and Armageddon!"--Dr. Doom has to help the FF against The Overmind!"Impossible As It May Seem...The Impossible Man Is Back In Town!"--The FF and the Impossible Man meet the Marvel writers and artists (in 1976) "Terror In a Timy Town"--The Puppet Master teams up with Dr. Doom (sheesh, that guy always shows up!) to shrink the FF into...oh, I can't spoil it for you! And "Remebrance of Things Past" (the 2002 version)--This one takes Ben Grimm back to the rough streets of his old neighborhood.
I can't say enough good things about this collection. The stories and the artwork are all first-rate! And it's fun to see how the artwork changes over the years and how the look of the characters changes, especially The Thing. If you have any interest in graphic novels or comics at all, this on is for you! (and if you want to find out about other graphic novels, click on the "graphics novels" label under this post)

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