One thing that’s ticked off True Believers in recent years was that of the Fantastic Four being given the short end of the stick by the House of Ideas. Having been dubbed their “First Family” for good reason, pretty much the entire Marvel Universe owes their existence to that quartet of heroes.
Of course, much of this had to do with the Fantastic Four’s cinematic rights residing over at Fox, thus forcing Marvel to cut off its own nose to spite its face. In fact, even the X-Men were on the outs for a time, but some justification can be made for cancelling Fantastic Four books because they weren’t selling as well – and there was also word on the street that the publisher wanted to distance itself from the 2015 box office flop.
But now that everyone’s had almost three years to rid that taste from their mouth, Marvel are going all in on a new series written by Dan Slott and illustrated by Sara Pichelli, with covers being supplied by Esad Ribic. And if that dream team weren’t enough for you, then maybe you should check out Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant covers for the first issue in the gallery below.
In the past year or so, Artgerm has really taken off as being one of the most popular cover artists the industry has to offer. Having done astonishing work for DC in recent memory, it’s no wonder that Marvel decided to secure his services for such a high profile relaunch.
For more, be sure to check out the official synopsis:
Since the end of SECRET WARS, there’s been a gap in the Marvel Universe. A void no other team can fill. And it’s time for the world to move on. But can it? A life-changing decision by the Thing! A momentous declaration by the Human Torch! A clarion call-to-arms that summons Doctor Doom! And a signal in the sky that heralds the return of hope to the Marvel Universe! All this, and Alicia Masters adopts kittens! So cute! Plus, the Impossible Man!
Fantastic Four #1 arrives in comic shops on August 8th.