I bought myself a membership to Marvel Unlimited Plus, a neat service Marvel offers where you can catch up on the history of the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men and the like. I like the idea of reading old comics whenever the urge hits me. Thus, I decided to use this gift to do a Review
FANTASTIC FOUR #1 November 1996 With the newest Fantastic Four movie being given horrible reviews on its opening weekend, it seemed like the time to review another reboot of the Fantastic Four. In 1996, the crash of the comic book industry started, with sales for that year dropping by about a third. Marvel, making an effort to capitalize on the popularity of comics bought it's own distributor and took four of its flagship books, all of which had done horribly in sales compared to the speculator-fueled frenzy in its X-Men titles and handed over creative control to Image founders Jim Lee and Rob Liefeld. Within three months of this reboot of those titles, called Heroes Reborn, Marvel would file for bankruptcy. Jim Lee was given control over two titles, Iron Man and Fantastic Four. While Iron Man was handled primarily by Scott Lobdell and Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee personally rebooted Fantastic Four. How was it? To be honest, I've never read it, despite it being in my digital collection for about ten years. Let's take a look at Heroes Reborn Fantastic Four and see if it handled rebooting the Fantastic Four any better than the films have.
Hey, you remember when Marvel launched a new X-Men series by Jim Lee, right? Of course you do, the first issue sold so many copies that it still sits in the top ten of all time. Everyone thought Jim Lee was the best thing to happen to the X-Men since Wolverine, and let's face it, those books looked something pretty at the time. Well, let's forget that Jim Lee left about a year later to form Image, hire a slew of artists that drew like him but ignored anatomy and basic storytelling only to sell his corner of it to DC Comics and become one of the architects of the New 52.
DC Comics revealed a Jim Lee art inspired Deadshot Bust. This is part of the week long celebration of reveals for DC Comics! The best part of this is we will get a new reveal today! Click on through to check him out.