The passion I have for the Fantastic Four is unequaled by any other superhero book. I love everything about the Four. The characters. The type of time bending cosmic stories. I love it all. Unlike any other group they are a family.
The elements of what I love most about the Fantastic Four are also what it make one of the most difficult books to write. This is painfully obvious in the current James Robinson run on the book. The outlook for the Fantastic Four is murky at best. Rumors of cancellation swirled last month. The movie re-interpretation doesn’t help with continuity.
But there is hope. There’s always hope.
1. The back catalog remains in print. Marvel is releasing in November an omnibus of the second half of Jonathan Hickman’s run (my favorite of the past 15 years on the title).
2. 100th Anniversary Fantastic Four from just a few weeks ago. This was a one off special (no matter what the last panel implies) with non-traditional art and fresh talent that proves the Four can appeal to younger readers.
3. Ultimate FF. This was a surprise to me too. I lost interest in Ultimate universe as the Cataclysm event ended. Out of that event came “Ultimate Marvel Now” with a relaunch of the Ultimate books. I tried the first issue and was immediately dismissive. I was wrong. This last weekend I picked up issues #2-5. Everything I love about the Four from 616 universe exists here in the Ultimate universe. PLUS ULTIMATE SPIDER-HAM! And other Ultimate animal superhero variants (a platypus Galactus!). The art of the ah-mazing Andre Araujo.
Catching up on a book means I’m late on the sad news. Ultimate FF was canceled. The last issue will be #6 due out this month.
…a darn shame. You can’t break up a family.
Ultimate FF #5. Words: Joshua Hale Fialkov. Art: Andre Araujo.