In a few short days, comic book fans will find the final chapter of a thrilling story by The Fantastic Four taking place with issue #645 of their decades running series. Will they overcome the odds? Only the pages of this issue will line that out and even more jarring than the stories outcome is the news that this will be the series final issue. Yes with #645, Marvel Comics is cancelling “The Fantastic Four”. Check out the premise from Marvel.com
“THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL FANTASTIC FOUR STORY CONCLUDES IN AN EXTRA-SIZED SPECIAL! Will the Fantastic Four defeat The Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will the Johnny get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again? Will this be the end or will this be 4ever?!”
I’ll line out my thoughts on this later on but first as you might expect there will be a number of variant covers for this history ending issue. I’ve culled them all together for you to get a look and to be able to easily ask your local shop to put them aside for you. I am rather fond of the third and fourth one that you see in these images and think I need to secure copies for my own collection. What do you think of these?
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll be honest with you and say that this news does not really surprise me in the least. For many, many years I was an avid reader of “The Fantastic Four” comic book but have not even picked up a single copy for decades as its no longer on my collection list. My interests in their doings have waned over the years where they once ruled the roost in my mind as far as their adventures and characters went. Also, I have very little faith in the 20th Century Fox reboot of the “Fantastic Four” film franchise that is coming out in a few months. I recently posted a trailer for this film which you can see on THIS LINK if you have not yet seen it. There are too many liberties with canon in my humble opinion and despite what you think about creative license there are just some properties where you leave the basic core of it all alone without modification. It will still work out, the geek masses will come in droves for a good film. As you know Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to their first family and as result this film does NOT take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is currently breaking ticket sale records based on the overall response and quality. Though I don’t think it will happen, I hope the trailer is misleading and that they get this right. Maybe Marvel cancelled the comic in view of how bad they feel about the film coming up. Who knows. So tell me readers, will you miss the adventures of The Fantastic Four on the comic book page? Are you preparing an Internet Campaign to have Marvel Comics change their minds about this? Let me know in the comments section below as that is why we have it. Now its time for me to go back to the Marvel Masterworks editions and enjoy some of the classics that came from the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. I’ve even linked to some of these editions for you on Amazon.com in case you don’t have them on your bookshelf.