Since the end of Marvel's Secret Wars in 2016, the Fantastic Four were no more. Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm — the Human Torch and the Thing — have had to live without the company of Sue Storm, Reed Richards, and their children. Their loss has been hard, particularly on Johnny, who's close to losing his powers. To fill the void, the two even recently teamed up with Moon Girl, Luna Lafayette.
But to readers who have lived for too long with a Fantastic Four-sized hole in their hearts, that time is over. Well, sort of ...
In Marvel's Two-In-One (out yesterday from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jim Cheung), Victor Von Doom (aka Brian Bendis' Infamous Iron Man) offers Johnny and Ben a chance to traverse the multiverse. Does that mean Sue, Reed, and the kids will soon be back in their arms? Not quite.
"This is really a Fantastic Four book, in spirit as well as content," he said. "So yes, it’s definitely a series that’s about that missing element that people have been longing for within the Marvel Universe. In a very real sense, Johnny and Ben’s feelings about their seemingly departed family echo the feelings of the audience all these months ... there’s every possibility that our terrific two might inadvertently stumble over the breadcrumbs that will lead them and the rest of the Marvel Universe towards the reunion that everyone has been waiting for!"
While we may not see the full-fledged return of Marvel's first family in the Two-In-One, Brevoort promises that it's "the start of something big."
"Anybody who’s been longing for another taste of that Fantastic Four wonderfulness will have a Big Gulp-full every issue from here on out," he said. "The Mole Man! The Mad Thinker! Galactus and the Silver Surfer! And that ever-popular More! Chip is diving deep into the FF well of goodness for this series!"