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Maximum Fantastic Four based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
From dictionary.com: ex·e·ge·sis (ek's?-je'sis) n. pl. ex·e·ge·ses (-sez) Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text. Just wanted to point that out. I don't know what you call this book, but I think exegesis is a pretty lofty term for what is contained within. For one thing, most of it is just the reproduced story presented in the original Fantastic Four #1. And not very good reproduction either. Many of the frames of the comic are cut off at the top, making you have to decipher what the character in the frame is saying. Added to this is a reminiscence by author Walter Mosely which doesn't really reveal anything except his fascination for comics stemming from an early encounter with a box of cast off comics in a mom and pop store. Not much there to interest any one except maybe a Walter Mosely fan. Finally, about three quarters of the way through the book is a history of how Fantastic Four came about as a phenomenon. Included in the essay are the original plot line drawn up by Lee, and a reproduction of the original cover of Fantastic Four #1. What is not here is a "critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text." I guess you could call it an analysis of the history, to put a stretch on it. But the essay, reminiscence and text of the comic took all of 30 minutes out of my life, and I'd really like to have them back.
This book has amazing art and captures of the mood of the comic very well. The only trouble is that some of the pictures are too greatly enlarged.