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Fantastic Four #8

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 9 critic ratings.

The Fantastic Four are finally settling into their new normal… but something very ABNORMAL is happening outside their farmhouse. Sue and Alicia get to spend some quality time together in town, but when they return, everything is not how they left it…

…and a very different Fantastic Four are left in their place!

It’s Sue and Alicia versus the world – and the start of a special two-part story!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
24 pages
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9 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Interesting new arc that starts with mystery, comedy and unexpected twists.

    Art is very detailed where it shows everything in detail and lots of lighting, with lots of bright warm colors highlighting the stunning art.

  • 94

    Comic Watch

    Fantastic Four, more than anything else right now, is a fun series. North knows what to take seriously, what not to take seriously, and when to lean into each. And at this point the issues are still largely self-contained, so someone who didn’t hop on in the beginning can jump on at any point. And Fantastic Four #8 is a great time to do just that.

  • 85


    Smart and clever with impeccable attention to detail, Fantastic Four continues to be as good as ever. This issue is slower to get going, but it’s impossible to miss the character work, love of the characters, and nuanced storytelling.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 75

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Fantastic Four #8 brings a new story, a new mystery, and a new villain for the team to face. It’s Sue in the driver’s seat this tine as she and Alicia are the main characters for this misadventure, and it doesn’t take long before they find a mystery to solve. The writing is solid and the art is good, but the new threat Queen Xargorr feels like a rip-off of Jack Kirby’s original monsters in Marvel Comics. Not exactly a bad thing so long as the creative team pulls it off in the end. Thankfully, it looks like things will pick up in the next issue.

  • 70


    Seriously, though, can the members of the Fantastic Four go one day without some crazy, universal threat showing up right at their doorstep? They’re not even in New York City right now! They can’t even go on one shopping trip into a quiet little town without coming under attack from the mighty and fearsome Xargorr?! I kid, but jeez louise. I think I would have liked the story of Sue and Alicia just going into town and picking up supplies. I know this is a weird complaint to make, but there’s just something off about the casual way this story comes about. It’s slightly off-putting, especially with how often in North’s run so far the members of the FF have encountered small towns with strange sci-fi problems.

    My weirdness with the story aside, the issue is still solid and enjoyable. North writes all of the characters exceptionally well, and I really enjoyed the friendship between Sue and Alicia as they went into town. Everything is fleshed out nicely and the tension builds well as the villainy is revealed. The artwork is top notch, the humor is pretty fun, the villain seems menacing, and it’s a real pickle the team finds themselves in. No complaints with the way the story is told, the characters are written and the artwork being superb.

    Though if I may point out one nitpick. North has Sue and Alicia wonder why the hardware store in the mall built so many checkout lanes if they only have one employee, and why the mall seems so empty. I realized it’s set-up for the eventual reveal. But two things: I doubt the store had a say in how many tills were built if they’re leasing a spot in the mall. Also, what mall in America today isn’t empty? Don’t need no freaky mind control aliens to empty out a mall in this day and age.

    Fairly simple story is bolstered by the usual strong character writing and artwork.

  • 60

    Fantastic Four #8 is slow to get started as it establishes a new status quo for the team while they take shelter at the “Fantastic Farmhouse,” but once the mystery begins revealing itself things become increasingly interesting through a “To Be Continued” that’s bound to keep readers hooked. There’s a lot to appreciate in the issue’s backhalf as the team’s relationships, especially those between the Storm siblings and Alicia, are a reliable source of warmth and humor; Johnny delivers some particularly big laughs once he gets into the heat of the action. Yet the front half still suffers from the overriding issue’s plaguing this series so far as the focus on gardening and running errands in a small town (that oddly shifts itself into being a small city in the background) makes for lukewarm superhero comics that are pleasant, but largely forgettable. The rollicking adventure introduced midway through that feels like a Kirby-sized clash with an antagonist seemingly pulled from Marvel Comics’ early monster books provides a much-needed chang of pace.

  • 60

    Impulse Gamer

    Multiverse stories are fairly common in the Marvel universe these days but this one does not really go into what happens it is just something the characters have to deal with.

    While it might be ideal if you have read the issues proceeding this one it seems like this is its own mini story at least for this plotline.

    I would recommend this one if you are a fan of the Fantastic Four and want to see them doing something that is a bit different and not connected to other storylines.

  • 55

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Fantastic Four #8 is a mild improvement over the previous issue but still too far away to be considered a worthy run for Marvel’s first family. The formulaic Scooby Doo mystery in a small town is becoming repetitive, characters take random actions without explanation, and the pacing in this issue is terribly uneven.

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