In less than a month, the Fantastic Four will finally reunite in the pages of their own comic, more than two years after the events of Secret Wars split up the team. For many Marvel Comics fans, it's a long overdue homecoming, but according to writer Dan Slott, we shouldn't expect everything to be just like it used to be.
After Secret Wars, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), and their children Franklin and Valeria headed out to help rebuild the Marvel multiverse, which took them on a cosmic journey we really haven't seen. Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (The Thing), meanwhile, went back to adventures of their own. Ben hung out with the Guardians of the Galaxy while Johnny hung out with the Inhumans, until the two reunited to have adventures as a duo in Marvel Two-In-One last year.
As Fantastic Four #1 opens — as revealed in a couple of preview pages you can check out over at Entertainment Weekly — Johnny and Ben are just going about their business when a silhouetted figure shoots a signal into the sky that spells out "FANTASTIC FOUR," a callback to the team's very first adventure in 1961. This is the beginning of the story that brings the team back together, but Reed and Sue haven't just been doing nothing while Johnny and Ben have had adventures, and that means some changes are in store.
“Something happens within the very first issue that, the minute you see it, you’ll know this is something that will change the fabric of the Fantastic Four,” Slott told EW. “Their lives haven’t been in amber. They’ve been going forward, exploring and meeting new friends, and finding new enemies.”
In addition to new friends and new enemies that come along thanks to Reed and Sue's travels, the team will also have to find a new home. The iconic Baxter Building, where they've lived for decades worth of comics, was put up for sale when Reed and Sue disappeared and were presumed dead, and Peter Parker bought it both as a headquarters for his company Parker Industries and to keep it safe for the family's return. Parker Industries ultimately dissolved, though, and the plan to hold it for the Richards family dissolved with it. So, where do the FF go? Slott's not saying much, but he's promising something cool.
“There will be a new place where the FF will setup shop. It’s something you haven’t seen before in an FF comic, but the minute you see it, it’s gonna feel the most FF-ish thing in the world,” he said.
Fantastic Four #1, written by Slott with art by Sara Pichelli, arrives Aug. 8.