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Marvel >> 4 ( Volume 1)  
by Marvel
The good news is that this book looks absolutely beautiful, showcasing penciller Steve McNiven's lovely, detailed and flowing artwork perfectly. With any luck, it will open a wider audience's eyes to the strength of his work.

As the Fantastic Four and friends celebrate a happy occasion, they get some bad news. An accountant has made off with the entirety of the team's finances. The Fantastic Four is broke, and that means that they've got to get jobs. Not surprisingly, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm turn the situation into a competition of sorts. Meanwhile, Susan Storm-Richards begins to doubt herself, to doubt whether there's a place for her in the world outside of her roles as mother and adventurer.

The book is helped by concentrating the first 5 or 6 issues on individual character arcs as they come to terms with their poor status and the changing nature of the world around them.

I personally found this title to be a remarkable breath of fresh air within the rather static nature of the Fantastic Four. That's not to say I didn't like the regular title as to be honest it's become a must read title just before this one was launched anyway but in terms of characterisation and character development it was leagues ahead of most comic books being published at the time.

Buy it as you won't be disappointed.

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