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We all know the Fantastic Four is Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and The Thing — but over the years the core members of Marvel's original First Family have seen some shake-ups. There are eras in which Medusa of the Inhumans filled in for Sue Storm, She-Hulk replaced The Thing, and Spider-Man subbed in for The Human Torch. Then there's that time the Fantastic Four got all-new members in the form of some of Marvel's toughest warriors.
Now, thanks to a new Marvel Comics miniseries, we can relive that brief but memorable era.
The publisher announced Wednesday that it's launching New Fantastic Four, a five-issue series from Marvel Comics legend Peter David and artist Alan Robinson that will take readers back to that brief time in the early 1990s when Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and the Hulk (in his "Joe Fixit" incarnation) teamed up to replace the Fantastic Four and battle a series of new threats.
Set shortly after their brief run in the pages of Fantastic Four, New Fantastic Four will follow the team as they head to Las Vegas to investigate a series of violent incidents that might be demonic in origin, and the Marvel announcement promises plenty of guest stars and "mystery villains" along the way.
"Although their original stint was extremely short-lived, the alternate version of the FF has had its fans for years, including myself,” David said. “I am fortunate Marvel has given me the opportunity to revisit with them and take their battles to new heights in a new location with new allies and new enemies."
Introduced in 1991's Fantastic Four #347, the New Fantastic Four emerged when the Skrull fugitive De'Lila managed to trick and overpower the original Fantastic Four, rendering all of them unconscious in the Baxter Building. Aware that reports of monster attacks across Earth were signs that her would-be captors were closing in, she assumed the form of the Invisible Woman and recruited Wolverine, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Hulk to form a team, claimed the original Fantastic Four were dead, and tasked them with "finding the killer." Her deception was, of course, eventually revealed, but that didn't stop one of the most unlikely team-ups in Marvel history from going down.
Now, more than three decades later, we'll get another look at how this team operated when New Fantastic Four #1 arrives this May.