The Fantastic Four arrive in stores this November with a new first issue as part of Marvel’s Marvel NOW! initiative. The company is rebranding several of its most famous and venerable characters with fresh new series in the fall, and writer Matt Fraction and artist Mark Bagley are crafting the new vision for Marvel’s first family.
And this language from Marvel press release last week probably reveals who will star in the series:
“Four adults. Two kids. One FantastiCar. NOW! Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben – along with Franklin and Valeria – begin their epic journey through all of infinite time and space!”
So it looks like the core cast will remain in tact, which should make most longtime Fantastic Four fans happy.
Fraction expressed happiness about the gig in the press release. “I’m thrilled to get my crack at Marvel’s first family. We’re going to new places, seeing new things, and having all new adventures — aside from Reed, Sue, and the rest, EVERYTHING else will be brand new,” he said.
Fantastic Four #1 and successive issues will feature the company’s new augmented reality content. The Marvel AR app, which debuted earlier this year, will offer cover recaps, behind-the-scenes features from the creators and more at no additional cost.
The Marvel NOW! logo and its extra features come with incentives for retailers, but the press release didn’t offer details on what those would be.
“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”