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James Robinson Ready to Knock Down and Relaunch the Fantastic Four

Find out what the writer has planned for Marvel's First Family.

With Marvel's All-New Marvel Now relaunching titles (again), one book that will see some big changes is FANTASTIC FOUR. James Robinson will be taking over the book and it doesn't look like he plans on being too nice to the team.

According to USA Today, the Future Foundation will be evicted from the Baxter Building, the Thing is in prison for murder, Johnny Storm lost his powers, Dragon Man is sentenced to death, Franklin's power are likely causing problems and Valeria is on her own. It's Robinson's plan to knock the family down and have them come together to face adversity.

"What I hope to do is tie in their past without making it too referential and (touch on) how the past can affect the future," Robinson says. "While I'm not reinventing the book, I'm certainly adding a side to it we maybe haven't seen for a while.

We're going to see the fragmentation of the family due to villainous outside forces that are slowing picking at them and eroding them. The arc I'm going to be telling is basically the fall and the rise of the Fantastic Four, and especially the fall and rise of Johnny Storm."

Joining Robinson is Leonard Kirk on pencils.

Robinson also plans on looking into the changes Johnny's character has gone through recently, the romance between Ben and Alicia Masters, Johnny and Ben's relationship and bringing Wyatt Wingfoot into the series in a bigger role.

Fans of FF can rest assured as Robinson plans to keep Scott Lang and Darla Deering around and Doctor Doom will definitely have a role to play along with plenty of other villains.

The new series and Robinson's run begins in February.

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Posted by impossibilly

@inkink: That Justice League run by Robinson was a bit unfortunate. From what I understand, there were a lot of editorial changes to his plots and scripts due to status quo changes in solo titles and company wide events that caused his run to suffer. From his appearances on the Comic Vine podcast, even James doesn't sound satisfied with his Justice League of America run. Marvel's current editorial regime seems to support individual writers' voices more than DC these days. I'm hoping they give James the room he needs to really flesh out his titles there.