Fantastic Four #642 Cover
Fantastic Four #642 Comic Book Summary Review, Outline, and Rating
How Good is Fantastic Four #642?
Who Should Read Fantastic Four #642
Any long-time fan of the Fantastic Four, and/or anyone wanting to familiarize themselves with the team before the Fantastic Four movie reboot hits theaters in a few months. Spider-Man and the Invaders also have appearances, so if you are collecting them, it may be worth picking up also. Spidey's role in this story arc is pretty cool!
Comic Book Issue Name/Volume/Issue:
Fantastic Four #642
Fantastic Four #642 Story Title
"Back in Blue-Part 2"
Main Characters in Fantastic Four #642
Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards), Thing (Ben Grimm), Human Torch (Johnny Storm, depowered), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards)
Future Foundation Children: Franklin Richards, Onome, Valeria Richards, Bentley 23, multiple other FF kids.
Villains in Fantastic Four #642
The Quit Man, Wizard, Psycho-Man, Quiet Man's Alternate-Reality "Heroes" (Thor, Iron Man)
Superhero Guest Appearances in Fantastic Four #642
The Invaders: Captain America (Sam Wilson), Hulk (Doc Green), Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Namor the Sub-Mariner
Sleepwalker (Rick Sheridan)
Fantastic Four #642 Story Synopsis
: [WARNING: SPOILERS
Reed Richards is still in the clutches of the Quiet Man and his lackeys, including the Wizard, Psycho-Man (seen in cameo at the Baxter Building), and his "Franklin-Verse" Alternate Reality "heroes," corrupted versions of Iron Man and Thor. Quiet Man and the Wizard also have the children of the Future Foundation hostage, and are subjecting Franklin Richards to tortuous experiments. Franklin is saved by the actions of a surprise hero...(read the comic to see who. It is good!)
Meanwhile, back at the partially destroyed Baxter Building, Sue, Ben, and Johnny briefly battle the Invaders. The battle breaks up with the appearance of Valeria Richards, who has been staying with Doctor Doom for a while (long story, that...)
This issue ends with our heroes leaving the Baxter Building and seeking aid from Rick Sheridan, AKA the Sleepwalker.
Fantastic Four #642 Writer/Artist/Creators
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils and Cover: Leonard Kirk
Colors and Cover: Jesus Abatov
Variant Cover (with the Thing): Jim Cheung & Shawn Yap
Variant Cover: Michael Golden
Previous Comic in Fantastic Four Series
Fantastic Four #14 (the numbering of the Fantastic Four series underwent a reboot back to the original numbering with the issue after Fantastic Four #14 (volume 5) in 2015.
Next Comic in Fantastic Four Series
Fantastic Four #643
Fantastic Four Story Arc
This is part of the "Back in Blue" story arc where the Fantastic Four get back together to face their problems.
Also, this is part of the ongoing story arc from Fantastic Four #1 (volume 5), in which all sorts of bad things have hit them. We found out in FF #14 (volume 5), that all the bad stuff in the issues from Fantastic Four #1 (volume 5) up to this point are machinations of the Quiet Man.
Fantastic Four #642 Variant Covers
The Michael Golden Variant:
Fantastic Four #642 Variant Cover by Michael Golden
The Jim Cheung and Shawn Yap Variant:
Fantastic Four #642 Thing Variant Cover by Jim Cheung and Shawn Yap