It’s been a source of tremendous controversy, but yes fans, Marvel Comics is wrapping up its run of Fantastic Four in 2015. Whether it’s a truly creative decision, or whether it’s spite on the part of Marvel to punish Twentieth Century Fox for holding on to the rights of the first family of superheroes with a death grip, but at this point the end of the Fantastic Four is nigh. For now, anyway. Marvel has released today a first look at the issue that kicks off this final (for now) Fantastic Four story arc. Naturally, it’s chock full of guest stars, including the “All New Captain America,” so you know this is going to be good (and long-lasting).
The synopsis of the issue is below. I can’t say I’ve been keeping up with the latest developments in the Fantastic Four – which maybe a sign of the legit reason it’s been cancelled – so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but the issue guest stars the Invaders and the word “epic” is mentioned at least once. Check it out:
This January, the countdown begins…and the end of Marvel’s first family is upon us in FANTASTIC FOUR #642 – the first chapter in The End is FOURever! Blockbuster writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk’s epic endgame begins as the Invaders crash headlong into the Fantastic Four and the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids takes a dangerous turn! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the systematic dismantling of the Fantastic Four reveals his ultimate plan. But how does Franklin Richards and his unchecked powers factor in? And why are Jim Hammond, Namor, All-New Captain America and Doc Green hunting the remaining members of the Fantastic Four? Nothing lasts forever. Don’t miss the beginning of the end this January in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!
Here’s some art work from the issue:
None of this though answers fan boy accusations that this is a political/business movie between warring media conglomerates. For now, I’ll say that no matter what the final box office result of Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four movie is, whether it makes it rain or makes bean counters cry all the way to the bank, I think we can all but guarantee that we’ll be hearing about a new FF comic book series to be released sometime next fall.
Are you Bastards going to be racing out to buy the beginning of the end of the Fantastic Four in January? Sounds off below.