By gridlock464 Comments
A two fold question, what’s next? In the first context, what’s
next for the Fantastic Four and FF? In the second context the question is what’s
next for Hickman at Marvel?
I’m a long time Fantastic Four fan, the first superhero
comic I remember buying was Fantastic Four #49 “If this Be Doomsday” and it
blew my mind! I fell in love with the characters, it wasn’t a team… it was a
family. It spoke to me. I don’t know why but it did.
It was so sad for me to see how the title had fallen on hard
times in the 90’s, and there seemed to be subpar stories that didn’t live up to
the tagline “the world’s greatest comic” recently JMS’s run was solid, McDuffie’s
run was above average, Millar’s run was okay. But Hickman’s run was amazing,
probably the most I had enjoyed the book since John Byrne wrote the book. But what’s
I mean who wants to be the guy to follow Hickman on this book,
expectations are so high, there will be some people that will complain no
matter what happens next but who do you get that can keep the majority of expanded
fan base that Jonathan Hickman added to the book? I work in a comic shop, and
there were people who never read the Fantastic Four that were buying the book
because of Hickman.
If Marvel is smart, (at times I have a lot of doubts if they are) they’ll do what they did with Hickman
and find a younger writer that has something to say, that can build on the rich
history the book has, but not feel constrained by that past. While I love Doctor
Doom, the F4 fighting him for umpteenth time it loses some of its luster and just
becomes common place. Hickman’s use of Dr. Doom as a character was so great, so
fresh, it made me want more. They need someone that can push the envelope yet maintain
the balance that makes the comic so great.
I’m not sure who I’d like to see take over the book but with
Avengers vs. X-men seeming like it’s going to shake up the Marvel Universe both
figuratively as well as creatively, it looks like a whole host of new creative
teams will be taking books over. I’m willing to bet that Marvel might be placing
Matt Fraction on the F4 comic, the next question could be what happens to the
FF book. Not sure if Fraction falls in to that category that I described, I’ve
liked what he’s done on Iron Man, and I loved Immortal Iron Fist. It just seems
like a move that Marvel would make.
As far as what’s next for Hickman? He said he got offered a
job that he couldn’t refuse. To me, at Marvel that means one book The Avengers.
Seeing how the movie is out this summer, the huge cross over event with the X-men,
all eyes on the Avengers seems like they want to put one of their hottest
writers on the book. Jonathan Hickman seems to be juggling 4 books really well,
there is his 2 creator owned titles, The Avengers book (I hope) and some other
title, with a lot part of his story with F4 being cosmic maybe, something with
I don’t know what do you guys think, who will take over the
F4 title? And what book(s) do you think lured Jonathan Hickman off of F4 &