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Fantastic Four #9

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Alicia, Sue and Johnny face off against Ben and Reed – as they battle for the survival of their minds themselves against an alien that can wipe their memories clean! But can they survive this brutal onslaught from their friends and lovers, the very people who know them – and their powers – better than anyone else in the universe? We’ll all find out together in this Alicia-narrated issue!

Plus: A meditation on the nature of art itself! And cool fights too!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Art shows everything with detail and lots of lighting, with lots of warm and bright colors highlighting the impressive art.

  • 95


    We’re now nine issues into Ryan North, Ivan Fiorelli, and Iban Coello’s run of this series, and yet again, we get a new and important perspective, this time from Alicia Grimm. Fantastic Four continues to excite with new ideas, clever perspectives, and a series that never holds back with strong characters.

  • 80

    The first two pages of Fantastic Four #9 read as disconnected from the tense cliffhanger readers were left with in Fantastic Four #8. However, it works to splendidly set the stage for an issue focused on Alicia Masters-Grimm, her unique perspective on the Fantastic Four, and how comics interact with vision-related disabilities. What follows is a frantic confrontation with Xargorr that pushes Alicia alongside the Invisible Woman and Human Torch to attempt fantastic new stratagems as they battle The Thing and Mr. Fantastic. Throughout the issue, all three of the team mates with their memories intact enact clever ideas that play out with a genuine sense of spectacle on the page. Metatextual adjustments, including a page depicting Alicia’s perspective, contribute to the action rather than distracting from it. When all is resolved, this small town battle against a global conqueror reads in a very satisfying fashion and leaves readers anticipating more adventures like this in the future.

  • 80


    There have been several comics in the past that try to play with the form to mimic some sensory alternatives. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction and David Aja did an issue in sign language, and an issue from the perspective of a dog, with a focus on scents. Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo recently did an issue of Nightwing from a first-person perspective. So I feel like a creative team as awesome as this one probably could have come up with something really cool for an issue from the perspective of Alicia Masters, the blind sculptor. They try. The inklings of some ideas are in play, and they work very well. But I don’t feel like they go as far as they could. They’re not as creative or innovative as they could be.

    The story is also a little too off-kilter to really play up what they do accomplish. Xargorr is revealed to be a callback from some ancient Tales to Astonish comic from back in the Golden Age. Her powers and her scheme don’t really have anything going on that could be enhanced by having a blind narrator. But all that nitpicking aside, it’s a fine wrap-up to the story. Sue and Alicia do a great job counteracting Xargorr, with a lot of great art. I’m not entirely sure how Alicia’s plan was working, but it was working, and made for some great visuals. So fun little comic that shot for the moon and landed among the stars.

  • 80

    First Comics News

  • 63

    Major Spoilers

    The upshot of Fantastic Four #9 is that playing with form and function works for the heroes in-universe (Sue’s gambit near the end of the fight is ingenious, as is Alicia’s explanation of various ways of approaching comics without sight), but isn’t quite as successful in the structure of the story proper. This entire run has been about breaking various rules and expectations of a Fantastic Four comic, and even if it doesn’t quite stick the landing, I applaud the creators for experimenting. Now, if only somebody could tell me what in the world happened to the Baxter Building, and what Nick Fury is up to in the background.

  • 55

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    In Fantastic Four #9, Ryan North continues to be his own worst enemy by taking simple fights and simple ideas and making them more complicated than they need to be in an effort to make this comic needlessly profound. The art looks great, and the action reflects the kind of big battle excitement you want in an FF comic, but the issue is weighed down by silly execution and ponderous pacing.

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