For decades, the world’s greatest heroes were representatives of what a family of misfits could be in comic books. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, The Fantastic 4 began as a scientist, his best friend, his lab assistant/love interest and future wife, and her hot heated brother, traveling into space and after exposure to cosmic rays, became imbued with superhuman abilities.
For many years, this team of heroes explored the farthest reaches of space and time, fought many horrible creatures, and enemies, saved the world many times over. until the pages of Marvel’s Secret Wars, where Reed Richard, Susan Storm, and their children Franklin and Valeria elected to go off and recreate the Marvel Multiverse. Leaving the Fantastic 4 gone, and a void left in Marvel Comics.
But why? Why would Marvel write the first family out of comics? According to acclaimed Fantastic 4 writer and writer of Marvel’s Secret Wars Jonathan Hickman previously stated that Fantastic 4 as a property was going to stop production in regards to comics, toys, clothing and other merchandise as of 2015. even slowly phasing them out of popular video games like Marvel Heroes prior to the game’s cancellation.
But somehow, the 4 never left Marvel. Not entirely. Thanks to writer Brian Michael Bendis, major characters like Doctor Doom, Ben Grimm The Thing, and Johnny Storm The Human Torch continued on in the pages of Inhumans titles in the case of Johnny, Guardians of the Galaxy in the case of Ben, and for Victor Von Doome the starring role in a suit of armor in the ongoing title, now cancelled, Infamous Iron Man. All of these books worked to keep the spirit of the 4 alive in their own way, even in a book that had nothing to do with them, Jessica Jones, Bendis expresses the feeling of the fans that without the 4, Marvel just isn’t the same.
Then. a glimmer of hope for the fans of the famous 4. Writer Chip Zsdarky began a new ongoing series. Reviving the title Marvel Two-In-One, We saw the reuniting of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm as they go on a journey to bring their family home. With 4 issues released so far, it only seemed to be a matter of time until Marvel revealed their plan. Then today arrived.
3 images of the course of 2 hours. Slowly counting down until Marvel Comics tweeted a video. a video where Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski revealed the return of Marvel First family. This August, Marvel Comics is bringing Back the Fantastic 4 in an all-new monthly series. In a news release by Marvel, they say:
Four heroes. One team. They’re back.
Reed, Sue, Ben, Johnny: welcome home.
After a spacefaring foray into the unknown, Marvel’s First Family returns this August with FANTASTIC FOUR #1.
The First Family is back. In all new adventures and stories. Be sure to return to Shoot The Breeze Comics for all updates and news and of course…upcoming reviews recounting the 4’s best adventures and heralding the return of the world’s greatest heroes.