Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Booknote: Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Pérez Vol. 1

Title: Fantastic Four Visionaries: George Pérez Vol. 1
Various authors. Featuring the art of George Pérez.
Publication Information: New York: Marvel Comics, 2005
ISBN: 0-7851-1725-3
Genre: Fiction
Subgenre: Graphic novels and comics, action/adventure/science fiction

The first volume of the Marvel Visionaries series featuring the art of George Pérez, it collects various issues of the Fantastic Four magazines from the seventies. Marvel is compiling various issues of its properties under the Visionaries label featuring popular authors and artists. Unlike other collections, such as the Essential series, it is centered on an author or artist. Due to this focus, some of the storylines are not fully continued; issues get skipped, but usually there is a recap on the issues to give readers a sense where the story stands. Roy Thomas is the editor and writer for most of the issues in this collection, and he brings in a certain humor we don't see in more recent works. Fans of the Fantastic Four will enjoy these series. The trade paperbacks are published in full color, which may be more enjoyable for some readers. In terms of plots, Mr. Fantastic loses his powers, and his son is kidnapped among other adventures. This is definitely an item for public libraries with graphic novel and comics collections. I will be seeking out the others in the series.

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