Take a look at what the writer will be working on with artists Mark Bagley and Mike Allred this fall, with the advent of Marvel NOW!
Source: USA Today
USA Today had a convesation with writer Matt Fraction, artist Mike Allred, and editor Tom Brevoort about what's coming up for Marvel's first family with the Marvel NOW! relaunch about to hit.
Fraction will be working with Mark Bagley on Fantastic Four #1 and with Mike Allred on FF #1, both of which debut this fall. The article debuts the covers for both of the new #1's, and quotes Fraction on some details about what he has in store. The stories for both books, which apparently will be connected, came from the same source, that of a former governor from Maine who took his family out on a road trip through the continental United States.
That leads to some ideas for Fantastic Four:
The story stuck with Fraction, and it became the root of his idea for the Richards clan: Reed builds a ship that will take his team and his children across time and space for an epic historical lesson, the writer says. "If they're studying ancient Rome, then by God let's go have lunch with Caesar on the Ides of March. If they're looking at the Big Bang, they're going to watch it from the front row."
They'll be gone for a year — which will only be four minutes in regular Earth time — and while there will be continuing plot threads, each issue will be a new adventure and new situation.
"It's very easy to say, 'I want to stay true to what Stan and Jack did.' Well, what Stan and Jack did was invent the entirety of the Marvel Universe in 104 issues," Fraction says of the original Fantastic Four comic that launched in 1961.
"This is the place to be wildly inventive, and I would like to put as many things down on the page as humanly possible and offer up another dose next issue."
Of course, there's still the FF, Reed Richards' superpowered think tank to deal with. Fraction has some big ideas for that team, which is actually a brand new team. The new iteration of FF will comprise of Ant-Man Scott Lang, Medusa, She-Hulk, and a new character, hilariously named Miss Thing – a "blonde celebutante" who gets stuck in the situation because she went home with Johnny Storm one night. So now she's wearing a robotic Thing suit, because of course she is.
USA Today also has some quotes from Brevoort about what his creators are bringing to the table on these two books (including the fact that Fraction sees the Fantastic Four as an all-ages tale).
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