I think there are times when you should totally get the monthly issues as well as any of the trades available. I must admit – this story, to me, is one of the more underrated Fantastic Four stories. In fact, if you ask a regular comic reader I bet half wouldn’t even know about this incarnation of the FF.
But yes, there as a time in comic history where three of the FF was missing and a new foursome had to form to face a new threat. The pairings seemed like an odd choice at the time but were probably the most popular characters at Marvel at the time. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ghost Rider and the Hulk.
Not just any Hulk but the grey Hulk – the Las Vegas bouncer Mr Fixit! Also one of the more memorable features is that this story arc is drawn by the uber talented Art Adams! My copy of the trade was signed by the artist a few years ago at Boston Comic Con.
Originally these issues were so popular they went into the rare second printing. While that is a common place practice now second printings didn’t just happen. I am lucky enough to have issue #347 and am looking to add #348 when I find it.