Teased at SDCC with a compass, Marvel Comics has finally revealed who will take over the Fantastic Four with Dan Slott stepping down: Ryan North and Iban Coello. Entertainment Weekly had the scoop on the news, which revealed the series would be relaunching with a new #1 in November.
“I had the advantage that Dan Slott’s run went super huge,” North told EW. “In the most recent arc, The Reckoning War, they saved not just the universe, but the multiverse. That made the choice obvious: I’m never going to go as big as Dan did, so let’s tell smaller stories about the Fantastic Four. That was my way in.”
North revealed the series will feature smaller, self-contained stories “in the vein of ’60s Star Trek where they go down to a planet, find a weird thing, fix the weird thing, and move on.” That suits the series, which has the cosmic adventurers seeking new life, and maybe even civilizations too. “Having these four weirdos roll into town where there’s a mystery or a problem or some sci-fi thing, solve the problem, and then move on struck me as a very interesting way to position the Fantastic Four and tell stories that would feel fresh and not like a retread of what we’ve seen before.”
North revealed the first issue would focus on Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters, then in issue #2 Reed and Sue Richards will get the main focus followed by Human Torch in issue #3. Then the team gets back together in issue #4.
Covers will be by Alex Ross, who also has his own Fantastic Four adventure coming out in a few weeks via Abrams Books.
Check out Alex Ross’ cover of Fantastic Four #1 below.
Join the AIPT Patreon
Want to take our relationship to the next level? Become a patron today to gain access to exclusive perks, such as:
- ❌ Remove all ads on the website
- 💬 Join our Discord community, where we chat about the latest news and releases from everything we cover on AIPT
- 📗 Access to our monthly book club
- 📦 Get a physical trade paperback shipped to you every month
- 💥 And more!