In the original fantastic four, the members of the group achieved their powers by being bombarded by cosmic rays while on a space flight. In the new version, their bodies are altered by a physics experiment that went wrong. Furthermore, in the new version, Victor van Damme (Doctor Doom), was also involved in the experiment. Finally, instead of being an independent group of superheroes, the fantastic four are under military "protection" in the Baxter Building. The soldiers are under orders to shoot to kill if any member of the group tries to escape and when they leave the building, it is only with a significant armed escort. The personalities of Reed Richards and Susan Storm are dramatically different from the original characters. Sue is aggressive and somewhat domineering, (a bit of a sexpot), and Reed is no longer the supremely confident scientist. In many ways, Sue is now the leader of the group. While I approve of the changes in Sue, I think the changes in Reed are too extreme. He is of course still an incredible genius, so he should act more like one. The best part of the story is the asides regarding the changes in their bodies. Susan is also a scientist and she is tasked with examining the changes in their physiologies. For the sake of politeness, Reed interviews Ben Grimm and asks him if he still goes to the bathroom. Ben responds in the affirmative and so Reed says that Sue may need to witness it. Ben responds with, "Sue can bite me", to which Reed replies, "She'd break her teeth." That was hilarious and is a continuation of the humor track that was such a delight in the original stories. Despite some reservations, I enjoyed this story of what I have always considered the best superhero team of all time. The cartoons are artwork and the story is well written and entertaining.
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After a bizarre experiment unexpectedly imbued them with extraordinary powers, high-school genius Reed Richards and his fellow adventurers must learn to adapt to their amazing new situation. But before they can even begin to get accustomed, former classmate Victor Van Damme - who was caught in the same experiment that gave the Fantastic Four their superhuman powers - returns to exact his revenge!