Fantastic Four Death
January 26, 2011 by Post Team
While Marvel Entertainment has made no secret that a member of the quartet, which was introduced in August 1961, was going to die, exactly who among the group fall has been a closely guarded secret until the release of issue No. 587.
It is the Human Torch, leaving his teammates Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the Thing to pick up the pieces and move on.
Fifty years after cosmic rays turned him into a man on fire, the Human Torch will burn no more as the provider of pop culture superheroes and villains embarks on an ambitious story line that ends the Fantastic Four.
In the latest edition of one of the books of the company’s longest comic Johnny Storm’s life is taken in the midst of a massive battle that the writer Jonathan Hickman has been scripting for a year and a half. Illustrator Steve Epting made the art.
Hickman, along with his editor, Tom Brevoort, as expected have been minimal in what might lie ahead of the characters, but one thing is certain, the end is near for the Fantastic Four next month.
Brevoort, senior vice president for publishing at Marvel told The Associated Press “588 is the latest issue of the Fantastic Four. Beyond that, we are not ready to say exactly what we are doing. Do not be a problem 589.”
Everything you say about the future is that the subplots various threads that Hickman has written “will meet in a new thing that is exciting and different and yet very familiar and very much the same thing.”
Hickman told the AP that death is part of the natural evolution of their storyline in progress.
“By doing this, we will raise the other three and the family in general and move on with the story we tell,” he said. “I think it makes sense. It’s like a logical move.”
Readers have weighed in online, on Twitter and comic book stores on the preparation for the new edition, the debate about who should die and who should live.
“Our readers are very involved in the lives of these characters. They fight alongside them, sharing their triumphs and difficulties,” he said. “They live with them and understand them very well for her mom. Take them in a very one on one, very personal kind of way.”
But death is really the end and, indeed, is it permanent? After all, death has visited the Fantastic Four, which was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, supposedly dead, but that was only a ruse. Similarly, her husband, Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, was presumed dead after being caught in an explosion with his nemesis, Dr. Doom. Instead of death, however, Richards and his nemesis were taken to another dimension.
In fact, death is rare in comics. DC killed Superman in the 1990′s, only to bring him back. In Marvel, Captain America was assassinated on the steps of a courthouse and returned, while the band Marvel mutant X-Men know death so well that the Grim Reaper is on speed dial – Thunderbird, Phoenix Nightcrawler and others have been cleared.
Roy Thomas, who was a writer and assistant editor of Marvel in the 1960′s and, later, its editor in chief of 1972-1974, said that since the comics are intended to reflect real life, death is always a ghost.
“What is the most realistic is that very few people (who) died, good, bad or otherwise,” he said. “If they did, he always managed to come back.”
Thomas said he hated to see a member of the Fantastic Four die, but the Human Torch is not gone forever.
“Whether it’s Superman, The Thing or Bucky, if someone wants to bring life back to back, not buried deep enough or tear in pieces enough” to prevent that from happening. “Death is not a permanent condition in the world of comics.”
Joe Quesada, Marvel’s creative director, acknowledged that the death, yet powerful, durable and not necessarily the death of a cartoon character has become “very cliché” in the evolution of the plot.
“If the Human Torch becomes or is not really a question to be answered in time,” he said.
“Although I will never discount that a character can come back from the dead, as it is one of the staples of the comic book story telling. I will not say if he, or when it and if it does, how he but I can assure you it will be very, very interesting and not what anyone expected. ”
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