Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday Fantastic

For the first time in quite a while, I was a little nervous about coming up with a post for today. I've been pretty much quarantined to either my office chair or my car seat for the better part of the past two weeks, and I really don't do much besides eat and go to sleep once I get home at night.

Which means that I haven't had the time to sit down and read, or to hit up all of the comics sites online that keep me so hip, cool, and informed. So now I have to walk around being simply hip and cool.

Right. So,on my drive in to the office this morning, I tried coming up with a post for today. I was thinking about simply writing about how busy I am, and how I have no time to figure out what to write about for today.

And I was more than happy to go that route, until a co-worker walked over to my desk and said the following, in his classic, dry, annoyed tone:

"So. Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. That's pretty stupid."

And I said, "Yeah...Wait. What?"

"Spider-man's in the FF now. But they're not called the Fantastic Four anymore. They're going to be the 'Future Foundation.'

"That doesn't seem like a thing," I replied. "Are you sure?"

And then I was directed to, of all places, the Daily News and CNN.

And I found out that, yes, it is indeed a thing. There's even solicitation information, and a cover shot, for issue one of FF, written by Jonathan Hickman and with art by Steve Epting, the creative team behind the current "3" storyline.

The following is excerpted from Marvel's February 9 press release:

There is no more Fantastic Four, so just what is the FF? This March, the superstar creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting present the over-sized FF #1, introducing the biggest new super hero team of the century!

After the death of the Human Torch, the surviving members of the Fantastic Four—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman & Thing—join with Spider-Man and some top secret members to form an unstoppable force: The Future Foundation.

Their mission is simple: save the Marvel Universe from its greatest threats and prevent future dangers from arising. But even with knowledge of what’s to come and one of the most powerful teams ever assembled, just what villainous force could stand in their way?

How about overexposure? Sorry. Couldn't help myself. With The Thing and Spidey currently on both the New Avengers and now this new FF, they're gonna be two very busy super-heroes.

As with everything else in comics, I'm certainly willing to pick up issue one and see where things go. Here's the cover image that Marvel released the other day:
Which brings me to the main point of this post. What do you guys think about the new direction? The new team member? The new uniforms?

Is this another stunt, or will Spidey stick around (ha!) on this new FF for a while? Let us know what you think!

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