Last night saw the release of Fantastic Four #1 during midnight releases in comic stores across the world. And today, Dan Slott is signing copies of the comic in Forbidden Planet, as part of spending a stint in the UK and getting up to things like this:
In our Advance Review on Monday (courtesy of Marvel), we mentioned that expectations may need to be managed. You get flashback stories of the complete Fantastic Four and a brief cut glimpse of them somehow planning to return to Earth with Kirbytech — but for their Secret Wars-granted godhood seemingly unable to do so just yet (or get a decent tailor). But you’ll have to wait ’til September and Fantastic Four #2.
But that doesn’t mean that other massive things aren’t going on in the other characters’ lives. And on the anniversary of their original trip into space, both inside the comic and outside of it, there is some attempt at closure — of moving forward, of change. And so while Fantastic Four #1 did not deliver on what it promised, rather than Batman #50 which gave no wedding, or X-Men Gold #30, which gave a different wedding — Fantastic Four #1 is just delaying the decision.
Oh, and promising you a different wedding.
I understand we might expect a big Marvel society wedding in December. And no ducking out of this one. But Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters aren’t the only ones going through changes. Doctor Doom has returned to Latveria, and in a state of flu after trying to be the good guy for the past few years after his own Secret Wars godhood (and the return of his nose) and having a bit of a crisis over in Iron Man #600, is now all for reclaiming Latveria from his current president for life by leading a people’s revolution. And he’s doing it topless.
Back in the mask, but not quite in the world-domineering mode — more the benign dictator that we know and love. Oh, and he still has his nose.
So society wedding in December, Doom returning to his role as a world leader, and the FF back together (honestly now) in September. As for Valeria and Franklin — will they have aged significantly as has been suggested? What about Alex Power and the others who stayed with them? And just who is The Griever and their minions?
Comixposure variant of Fantastic Four #1 there, the first official appearance of the character.
All to come…
FANTASTIC FOUR #1
(W) Dan Slott (A) Skottie Young, Simone Bianchi, Sara Pichelli (CA) Esad Ribic
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