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Hello explorers, and welcome back to the modern Fantastic Four comics reading guide!

This is our second guide to Marvel’s first family, following our classic Fantastic Four comics guide (1961-1998). Starting with the relaunch in 1998, here are our recommendations for the best modern Fantastic Four comics!

Modern Fantastic Four Comics Recommendations:

  • Fantastic Four by Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo
    • Fantastic Four (1998) #60-70, 500-524
  • Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman
    • Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5; Fantastic Four #570-588; FF (2011) #1-23; Fantastic Four #600-611
    • New Avengers (2013) #1-33; Secret Wars (2015) #0-9
  • FF by Matt Fraction & Mike Allred
    • FF (2013) #1-16
  • Fantastic Four by Ryan North
    • Fantastic Four (2022) #1-25

The most famous runs here are Mark Waid and Jonathan Hickman, who respectfully exemplify the traditionalist and progressivist extremes of the Fantastic Four. But there are other modern creators who are fantastic writers in their own right! In particular, Matt Fraction and Ryan North each brought something special to enhance the famous foundation of this family of futurists, and there are many more talented creatives below.

For more related to modern Fantastic Four comics, check out our other reading guides, including classic Fantastic FourAnt-Man, and She-Hulk!
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Fantastic Four by Claremont/Larroca and Carlos Pacheco (1998)

After the Heroes Reborn fiasco, the Fantastic Four comics line rebooted again in 1998. While there were multiple creatives involved, Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca led the series with a strong 30-issue run (1998 #4-32). Be sure to check out our Magik reading guide for more Chris Claremont, and the Ghost Rider reading guide for more Salvador Larroca!

We also have to give a special recommendation to the 2001 series World’s Greatest Comics Magazine, which takes place between Fantastic Four #100 and #101!

  • Fantastic Four (1998) #1-59, Annual 1998-2001
    • #1-3 by Scott Lobdell & Alan Davis
    • #4-32 by Chris Claremont & Salvador Larroca
    • #35-54 written and drawn by Carlos Pacheco 
    • After #8: Fantastic Four #½
    • After #9: Uncanny X-Men/Fantastic Four Annual 1998
    • After #12: Fantastic Four Annual 1998
    • After #23: Fantastic Four Annual 1999
    • After #31: Fantastic Four Annual 2000
    • After #45: Fantastic Four Annual 2001
  • Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Comics Magazine (2001) #1-12
  • Fantastic Four One-Shots and Spin-offs
    • Fantastic Four: Fireworks (1999) #1-3
    • Superman/Fantastic Four (1999) #1
    • Galactus: The Devourer (1999) #1-6
    • Fantastic 4th Voyage of Sinbad (2001) #1
    • Fantastic Four: 1 2 3 4 (2001) #1-4

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Extra reading:

  • Silver Surfer (1987) #123-146
  • Countdown to Chaos (1998) (novel)
  • Captain America (1998) #1, 7
  • Avengers (1998) #1, 10-11, 51; (1963) #1½
  • Thunderbolts (1997) #10-12
  • Shadows and Light (1998) #2
  • Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #28
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) #263
  • Avengers Forever (1998) #9
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #1, 4, 36
  • Thor ’99 (1999) #1
  • Rampaging Hulk (1998) #4-5
  • Iron Man (1998) #14, 35
  • Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999) #5-6
  • Daredevil (1998) #8, 34; Daredevil: Yellow (2001) #3
  • Nova (1999) #3-4
  • Contest of Champions II (1999) #1-5
  • Silver Surfer: Loftier Than Mortals (1999) #1-2
  • Domination Factor (1999): Fantastic Four #1-4; Avengers #4
  • Fast Lane (1999) #4
  • X-Man (1995) #59
  • X-Men: The Hidden Years (1999) #7-9, 20, 22
  • Marvel: The Lost Generation (2000) #7
  • Inhumans (2000) #2
  • Iron Fist: Wolverine (2000) #2
  • Marvel Knights (2000) #6
  • Maximum Security (2000) #2-3
  • The Sentry (2000) #1-5; Sentry/Fantastic Four #1; Sentry/Spider-Man #1; Sentry vs. the Void (2001) #1
  • Black Panther (1998) #26-30, 43
  • U.S. Agent (2001) #3
  • Daredevil/Spider-Man (2001) #4
  • Defenders (2001) #1, 9-10
  • Thunderbolts (1997) #43-44, 57
  • Peter Parker, Spider-Man (1999) #36, 55
  • Captain America (1998) #50 [F Story]
  • The Order (2002) #5-6
  • Avengers/JLA (2003) #2
  • Marvel Universe: The End (2003) #1, 4-6

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Fantastic Four by Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo (2002)

The beloved run by Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo revitalized the Fantastic Four for the new century, bringing back the classic family charm, sci-fi adventures, and emotional drama that we all love from the first family. Their run also introduced Valeria Richards, who was previously imagined in a What If story!

Director Matt Shakman has even called it an inspiration for his upcoming Fantastic Four movie! The Waid & Wieringo run is unquestionably one of the top Fantastic Four recommendations, and a perfect modern starting point for new readers.

Also included here is Marvel Knights 4 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, a well-liked series that features a more grounded take on the team.

  • Fantastic Four (1998) #60-70, 500-524
    • By Mark Waid & Mike Wieringo, with additional writing from Karl Kesel and art by Howard Porter
    • Optional prologue: Books of Doom (2006) #1-6
    • After #516: Marvel Knights 4 (2004)
  • Marvel Knights 4 (2004) #1-30
    • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2004) #6, 11, 16-18

 

Extra reading:

  • Thing: Freakshow (2002) #1-4
  • Spider-Man: Sweet Charity (2002) #1
  • The Craptacular B-Sides (2002) #1-3
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man (2003) #4, 21
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #47, 57-58, 500
  • Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #21
  • Exiles (2001) #47-48
  • Startling Stories: The Thing (2003) #1
  • Hulk and Thing: Hard Knocks (2004) #1-4
  • X-Statix (2002) #26
  • Venom (2003) #11, 17-18
  • Avengers (1998) #501-503
  • She-Hulk (2004) #3, 8-12
  • Marvel Holiday Special 2004, 2005, 2006
  • X-Men/Fantastic Four (2005) #1-5
  • Hercules (2005) #1
  • Spider-Man Unlimited (2004) #9-12

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Fantastic Four by Straczynski, McDuffie, and Millar (2005)

After Waid & Wieringo, the Fantastic Four series rotated through a number of short runs by acclaimed writers and artists, similar to the 1980s Fantastic Four after Kirby & Lee. The 2000s kaleidoscope of creativity produced three runs that all have unique strengths! In particular, Dwayne McDuffie’s run is a fun one that’s often overlooked and Mark Millar’s leads directly into Jonathan Hickman’s tenure.

For more recommendations, look out for the Spider-Man/Fantastic Four Silver Rage miniseries by Jeff Parker and returning artist Mike Wieringo, Fantastic Four: Foes by Robert Kirkman, and the epic Books of Doom origin story by Ed Brubaker.

  • Fantastic Four (1998) #525-569
    • #527-541 by J. Michael Straczynski & Mike McKone
    • #542-553 by Dwayne McDuffie & Paul Pelletier
    • #554-569 by Mark Millar & Bryan Hitch
    • After #537: “My Dinner with Doom” Special #1; Civil War (2006)
    • After #563: Secret Invasion (2008); Dark Reign: Fantastic Four (2009) #1-5
  • Fantastic Four One-Shots and Minis
    • Books of Doom (2006) #1-6 (prequel)
    • Fantastic Four: First Family (2006) #1-6 (prequel)
    • Fantastic Four Wedding Special (2005) #1
    • Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005) #1-5
    • Fantastic Four: House of M (2005) #1-3
    • Captain Universe/Invisible Woman (2006) #1
    • Fantastic Four/Iron Man: Big in Japan (2005) #1-4
    • The Thing (2005) #1-8
    • Fantastic Four: Foes (2005) #1-6
    • Fantastic Four: A Death in the Family (2006) #1
    • Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four (2007) #1-4 (“Silver Rage”)
    • Fantastic Four: Isla De La Muerte (2008) #1
    • Fantastic Force (2009) #1-4 (weird spin-off)
    • Fantastic Four: True Story (2008) #1-4
    • Spider-Man & the Human Torch in… ¡Bahía De Los Muertos! (2009) #1
    • Fantastic Four Cosmic Size (2009) #1

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Extra reading:

  • Wolverine (2003) #21-22, 42
  • New Invaders (2004) #9
  • X-Force (2004) #5-6; (2008) #28
  • Secret War (2004) #4-5
  • Astonishing X-Men (2004) #7, 11
  • Marvel Team-Up (2005) #3-7
  • New Avengers (2005) #8-10, 48
  • New Thunderbolts (2005) #12
  • Son of M (2006) #5-6
  • Marvel Monsters: Fin Fang 4 (2005) #1
  • The Sentry (2005) #2-3
  • Pulse (2004) #11
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005) #2, 4
  • Iron Man (2005) #10-12
  • Stan Lee Meets Doctor Doom (2006) #1 [B Story]
  • Sensational Spider-Man (2006) #25, 27
  • Black Panther (2005) #16-18, 25-34
  • Civil War (2006) #1-7; Ms. Marvel #3; Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America #5
  • Spider-Man Family (2007) #3, 7
  • Wonder Man (2007) #5
  • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II (2007) #6
  • Cable and Deadpool (2004) #9, 45-46, 50
  • Onslaught Reborn (2007) #1
  • Deadpool/GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular (2007) #1
  • Sub-Mariner (2007) #4-6
  • Penance: Relentless (2007) #3-4

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  • Ms. Marvel (2006) #14
  • Silent War (2007) #1
  • X-Men (1991) #200 [B Story]
  • X-Men: First Class (2007) #1, 16
  • New Warriors (2007) #2
  • World War Hulk (2007) #1-5
    • World War Hulk: Front Line (2007) #2
    • Incredible Hulk (2000) #32, 109
    • World War Hulk: Aftersmash – Damage Control (2008) #1-3
    • Planet Skaar Prologue (2009) #1
  • The Order (2007) #7
  • Avengers: The Initiative (2007) #3, 8, 19-20, 35
  • Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men (2008) #1
  • True Believers (2008) #1-2
  • New Avengers: Illuminati (2007) #1-5
  • Secret Invasion (2008) #1-8; Fantastic Four #1-3
  • Mighty Avengers (2007) #6, 9-14, 20-21, 24-26, 29
  • Marvel 1985 (2008) #6
  • The Marvels Channel: Monsters, Myths, and Marvels (2008) #1
  • The Age of the Sentry (2008) #1-5
  • Marvels: Eye of the Camera (2009) #1-6
  • Captain America Theater of War: America the Beautiful (2009) #1
  • Nova (2007) #21
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #533-534, 538, 590-591, 600
  • Dark Wolverine (2009) #75-77
  • Vengeance of the Moon Knight (2009) #1
  • Dark Reign: Zodiac (2009) #1-3

Extra Silver Surfer and Galactus:

  • Beta Ray Bill: Godhunter (2009) #1-3
  • Mighty Thor (2011) #1-12

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Ultimate Fantastic Four (2000s)

Meanwhile, in another universe, the Fantastic Four of Earth-1610 were having major adventures of their own. The Ultimate line of comics were initially designed to stand alone, but in the 2010s they started to cross over into the Earth-616 universe.

These stories have a mixed reception among fans and aren’t essential reading, but help set the stage for Secret Wars (2015). In particular, we recommend the first 32 issues covering the revamped origin story by Brian Michael Bendis (#1-6), and great runs by Warren Ellis (#7-18) and Mark Millar (#21-32).

Following Ultimate Fantastic Four, jump to Ultimate Doomsday and Ultimates (2011) to see the rise of The Maker!

  • Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004) #1-60, Annual #1-2
    • #1-6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar & Adam Kubert
    • #7-18 by Warren Ellis, Stuart Immonen & Adam Kubert
    • #21-32 by Mark Millar & Greg Land
    • #33-57 by Mike Carey, Pasqual Ferry & Tyler Kirkham
    • After #18: Ultimate Secret #1-4
    • After #26: UFF Annual #1; Ultimate Extinction #1-5; Ultimate X4 #1-2
    • After #32: UFF Annual #2
    • After #38: Ultimate Vision #1-8
    • After #53: Ultimate Power #1-9
    • After #57: Ultimate Origins #1-5; Ultimate X/FF Annual #1, FF/X Annual #1; Ultimatum (2008)
  • Ultimate Doomsday (2010)
    • Prologue: Fantastic Four Requiem #1
    • Ultimate Enemy #1-4
    • Ultimate Mystery #1-4
    • Ultimate Doom #1-4
  • Ultimates (2011) #1-12, 17-30
    • #1-12 by Jonathan Hickman!

 

Extra reading:

  • Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #68-69, 86-88, 98-106, 118, 129
  • Ultimates (2005) #11-13, Annual #2
  • Ultimate X-Men (2001) #79, 91-93, 96
  • Ultimate Avengers (2009) #2
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2009) #1-15, 150-160
  • Ultimate Fallout (2011) #1-6
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011) #2, 4, 17
  • Ultimate Comics Hawkeye (2011) #4
  • Ultimate Comics X-Men (2011) #1-6, 11-14
  • Cataclysm (2013)
    • Hunger (2013) #1-4
    • Cataclysm (2013) #0.1
    • Cataclysm Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #1-2
    • Cataclysm Ultimate X-Men (2014) #1-3
    • Ultimates Last Stand (2014) #1-5
    • Cataclysm Ultimates (2014) #1-3
  • Survive! (2014) #1
  • Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #200
  • Ultimate FF (2014) #1-6
  • All-New Ultimates (2014) #8

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Fantastic Four/FF by Jonathan Hickman (2009)

This is one of the most beloved Fantastic Four runs of all time, but it’s also the most confusing, so pay attention!

The Jonathan Hickman era starts with his miniseries Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, which is essential reading. If you want to go back further, you can start with Mark Millar’s run (#554-569). It isn’t essential, but might be helpful.

Dark Reign leads into Fantastic Four #570-588. Then the series relaunches as FF #1-11 (“Future Foundation”). After FF#11, the Fantastic Four series returns with #600, and the story alternates between Fantastic Four and FF titles until Fantastic Four #611 and FF #23. (If you’re confused, check the list below)

Hickman’s Fantastic Four/FF runs lead directly into New Avengers (2013) and Secret Wars (2015). These are important!!

  • Fantastic Four (1998) #570-588, 600-611
  • FF (2011) #1-23
    • Written by Jonathan Hickman
    • Drawn by Dale Eaglesham, Neil Edwards, Steve Epting, Barry Kitson, and Nick Dragotta
    • Prologue: Fantastic Four #554-569, Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1-5
    • After F4 #580: Annual #32
    • After F4 #588: FF (2011) #1-11
    • With F4 #600-611: FF (2011) #12-23
    • After F4 #608: Annual #33
    • Best order: FF 12, F4 601, FF 13, F4 602, FF 14, F4 603, FF 15, F4 604, FF 16, F4 605-605.1-606, FF 17-18, F4 607-608, FF 19-21, F4 609-610, FF 22, F4 611, FF 23
  • New Avengers (2013) #1-33
    • With #25-33: Avengers (2013) #37-44 (“Time Runs Out”)
  • Secret Wars (2015) #0-9

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Extra reading:

  • Uncanny X-Men (1981) #489, 522, 525
  • Torch (2009) #5
  • Marvel Digital Holiday Special (2008) #2
  • Dark Avengers (2009) #182, Annual #1; Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia #1
  • Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way (2010) #1-2
  • Deadpool (2008) #21
  • Siege (2010) #3-4
  • Sentry: Fallen Sun (2010) #1
  • Incredible Hulk (1962) #600-611, 620; Incredible Hulks Annual #1
    • Hulk (2008) #5-12, 17-22
    • Fall of the Hulks: Gamma (2010) #1
    • Fall of the Hulks: The Savage She-Hulks (2010) #1, 3
    • World War Hulks: Captain America vs Wolverine (2010) #2
  • Doomwar (2010) #3-6
    • Black Panther (2009) #11-12
  • Amazing Spider-Man Digital (2009) #11-17
  • Heroic Age: One Month to Live (2010) #1-4
  • Chaos War (2010) #1-5; Chaos King #1; Dead Avengers #1
  • Iron Man Legacy (2010) #6, 9-11
  • Heralds (2010) #1-5
  • New Avengers (2010) #1-7
  • I Am an Avenger (2010) #4
  • Thor: First Thunder (2010) #5

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  • Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four (2010) #1-4
  • Fantastic Four in… Ataque Del M.O.D.O.K.! (2010) #1
  • Bullseye: Perfect Game (2011) #2
  • Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #648, 657-661,665-666, 670, 692-693, 700.5
    • Spider-Girl (2011) #1-3, 6
    • Spider-Island: Spider-Woman (2011) #1
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine (2010) #3-4, 21-23; Wolverine #5.1
  • X-Men: To Serve and Protect (2011) #3 [C Story]
  • Marvel Holiday Special 2010 (2010) #1
  • Avengers (2010) #7-12
  • Silver Surfer (2011) #4-5
  • Avengers Assemble (2012) #6, 8
  • X-Factor (2005) #200-202
  • Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age (2010) #1
  • Girl Comics (2010) #2-3
  • Deadpool Team-Up (2010) #883
  • Warriors Three (2011) #2
  • Fear Itself: FF (2011) #1; The Fearless #10-11
  • X-23 (2010) #13-16
  • X-Men (2010) #16-19, 28-29
  • Incredible Hulk & The Human Torch: From the Marvel Vault (2011) #1
  • Thor: Heaven and Earth (2011) #3
  • Wolverine and The X-Men (2011) #9-11, 14, 19
  • Secret Avengers (2010) #35

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FF by Fraction/Allred and Fantastic Four by Robinson/Kirk (2013)

All of these comics take place before Secret Wars!

The first run is FF by Matt Fraction & Mike Allred. When the Fantastic Four take a trip to space, Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Ms. Thing become the new FF team on Earth! Even though the FF series doesn’t feature the main four heroes, this has become of the most beloved series in the Fantastic Four catalog, channeling the energy of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series.

If you’re interested in the main four’s adventure in space, you can also read Fraction’s Fantastic Four series, but this is totally optional.

Following Fraction, James Robinson & Leonard Kirk had a short run that was quickly canceled (possibly due to the infamous 2015 Fant4stic movie). While not super popular, Robinson’s run has its fans and Kirk’s art is worth checking out.

  • FF (2013) #1-16
    • By Matt Fraction & Mike Allred 
    • With #1-3: Fantastic Four (2013) #1-3
    • With #4-14: Fantastic Four (2013) #4-15 (optional)
    • After #15: Fantastic Four (2013) #16
  • Fantastic Four (2013) #1-16
    • By Matt Fraction & Mark Bagley
    • Optional tie-in series
  • Fantastic Four (2014) #1-14, 642-645, Annual #1
    • By James Robinson & Leonard Kirk
    • After #10: Annual #1
    • #645 leads into Secret Wars (2015)!

Ant-Man Reading Guide

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Extra reading:

  • Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl (2014)
  • Daredevil (2011) #30, 36
  • Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014)
  • Avengers and X-Men: Axis (2014) #1-9
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015) #1, 4-6
  • Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars (2015) #1-4
  • Howard the Duck (2015) #1-5; (2016) #4
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #5-6
  • Silk (2015) #3-4
  • Deadpool (2013) #45; Annual (2014) #1
  • Silver Surfer (2014) #1-15; (2016) #1-14
  • Thanos: The Infinity Relativity (2015) #1
  • The Fallen (2016) #1
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2016) #13-14, 18, 24-30, 37, 46-47

Extra Johnny:

  • Uncanny Avengers (2015) #1-30

Extra Doctor Doom:

  • Thor (2007) #600-606
  • Infamous Iron Man (2016) #1-12

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Fantastic Four by Dan Slott (2018)

Following the failure of the Fant4stic movie and some internal Marvel Comics politics with Ike Perlmutter, the Fantastic Four went through a dark era with almost no comic appearances. Famous Spider-Man writer Dan Slott finally revived the title in 2018 and went on to write one of the longest runs in Fantastic Four history. Unfortunately, Slott struggled with constant event tie-ins and an endless rotation of faceless artists (sometimes multiple artists per issue!). In the end, it’s a mixed run that many would suggest skipping.

  • Fantastic Four (2018) #1-48
    • Written by Dan Slott
    • After #10: War of the Realms (2019)
    • After #20: Contagion (2019) #1-5; Empyre (2020)
    • After #23: Fantastic Four: Antithesis (2020) #1-4
    • After #28: King In Black (2020)
    • After #39: Reckoning War Alpha (2022) #1
    • After #46: New Fantastic Four (2022) #1-5
    • The New Fantastic Four originally appeared in What If!
  • Fantastic Four One-Shots and Minis
    • Fantastic Four: Wedding Special (2018) #1
    • Fantastic Four: 4 Yancy Street (2019) #1
    • Invisible Woman (2019) #1-5
    • Fantastic Four: Negative Zone (2019) #1
    • Fantastic Four: Grimm Noir (2020) #1
    • X-Men/Fantastic Four (2020) #1-4
    • Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshots (2020) #1
    • Fantastic Four: Road Trip (2020) #1
    • Fantastic Four Infinity Comic (2021) #1-4
    • The Thing (2021) #1-6

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Extra reading:

  • Marvel 2-in-One (2018) #1-12, Annual #1
    • Features Human Torch and the Thing!
  • Deadpool (2018) #6
  • Doctor Strange (2018) #15-16
  • Marvel Knights 20th (2018) #1
  • The Prodigal Sun (2019) Fantastic Four #1, Silver Surfer #1
  • Superior Spider-Man (2018) #7-8
  • Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement (2019) #1
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #10, 23, 37
  • Fearless (2019) #1-4
  • House of X (2019) #1, 6
  • Marvel Comics Presents (2019) #2 [B Story]
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #12-14
  • Gwenpool Strikes Back (2019) #2-3
  • Annihilation: Scourge (2019) Alpha #1, Fantastic Four #1, Omega #1
  • Tarot (2020) #2-3
  • Incoming (2019) #1
  • Immortal Hulk: Great Power (2020) #1
  • Marvel (2020) #2
  • Empyre (2020) #1-6; Avengers #0; Fantastic Four #0; Aftermath Avengers #1; Fallout Fantastic Four #1
  • Captain Marvel (2019) #18
  • The Marvels (2021) #1-5, 9, 12
  • King In Black (2020) #1-5; Venom #33-34
  • Chris Claremont Anniversary Special (2021) #1
  • Marauders (2019) #21
  • X-Men (2019) #21; Hellfire Gala (2022) #1
  • Wolverine (2020) #13
  • X-Factor (2020) #10
  • Immortal Hulk (2018) #41, 48-50
  • Deadpool Infinity Comic (2021) #1-5
  • Shang-Chi (2021) #4-6
  • Hulk (2021) #1
  • Devil’s Reign (2021) #1-6; Daredevil #35; Spider-Man #1; Omega #1
  • Iron Man (2020) #16
  • Thor (2018) #14; (2020) #1, 22-25
  • Black Panther Legends (2021) #4
  • A.X.E.: Judgment Day (2022) #4-5
  • Marvel’s Voices Infinity Comic (2022) #4, 10, 45, 49

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Fantastic Four by Ryan North (2022)

Despite being the newest run, Ryan North’s series is already one of the best Fantastic Four comic runs of the modern era. Each issue is a standalone sci-fi story packed with heart and heaps of nerdy knowledge. North diligently rotates through the cast so that each character gets a moment to shine, making it a great series for new readers and old fans alike.

The brand-new run is so good that Matt Shakman is already using it to inspire the tone of his Fantastic Four movie, so check it out now!

  • Fantastic Four: Full Circle (2022) #1
    • Written and drawn by Alex Ross!
  • Fantastic Four (2022) #1-25
    • Written by Ryan North and drawn by Iban Coello and Ivan Fiorelli. With covers by Alex Ross!

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Extra reading:

  • Fantastic Four: Life Story (2021) #1-6
  • Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #23-26
  • Captain America (2023) #1; Unforgiven #1
  • X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic (2021) #52, 92-95
  • She-Hulk (2022) #14
  • Clobberin’ Time (2023) #1-5
  • Spider-Man (2022) #11
  • Love Unlimited Infinity Comic (2022) #70
  • Marvel Age #1000
  • X-Men (2021) #27
  • Marvel Mutts Infinity Comic (2023) #3
  • Superior Spider-Man (2023) #1
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2023) #9

Extra Maker:

  • Avengers (2015) #0
  • New Avengers (2015) #1-17
  • Ultimates 2 (2016) #8-9, 100
  • Venom (2018) #7-12, 17-20, 26; Absolute Carnage #1-2
  • Future Foundation (2019) #1-4
  • Ghost-Spider (2019) #7-8
  • Free Comic Book Day 2023 (Spider-Man/Venom) #1
  • Ultimate Invasion (2023) #1-3

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Fantastic Four: Modern Multimedia

Over the years, the Fantastic Four have appeared in a wide range of TV shows and movies. Here are their highlights from the last 25 years!

  • Fantastic Four (2005)
    • Fantastic Four (novel)
    • Fantastic Four: Meet The Fantastic Four (novel)
    • Fantastic Four: The Movie Storybook (screenplay with movie stills)
    • Fantastic Four: The Movie (2005) #1 (comic tie-in)
    • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
    • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (novel)
  • Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes (2006) S1 E1-26

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Extra watching:

  • Super Hero Squad Show (2009) S1 E1, E5, E11, E25-26; S2 E22-23
      Tie-in game: Marvel Super Hero Squad Online
  • Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2010) S1 E12, E15; S2 E1, E12, E18, E26
      Tie-in comic: Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (2012) #13
  • Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013) S1 E4, E21, E24
  • Fantastic Four (2015)
    • Also known as “Fant4stic”
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)

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And that’s our guide to modern Fantastic Four comics! Which runs are you going to read before the new movie? Who are your favorite Future Foundation characters? Let me know on X/Twitter @vinwriteswords and remember to follow the site on social media @MyCosmicCircus for more fantastic features coming soon!

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Also check out our full list of comics reading guides here, including Ant-Man and Classic Fantastic Four comics! For more information about The Fantastic Four, visit the official page .

Fantastic Four Reading Guide: 1961-1998

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Ant-Man Reading Guide

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Are you new to comics? Try our “How to Get into Comics” guide, and find me on X @vinwriteswords if you have any questions! 

All comics images courtesy of Marvel Comics.

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