Back in the early ’90s, no characters at Marvel Comics were more popular than Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, and Ghost Rider. So fandom went wild when for three issues back in 1991, this quartet of popular heroes took over as the Fantastic Four. Although they only came together a couple of times, fans always wanted more. And now, three decades later, they’re finally getting their wish. Marvel has just announced a New Fantastic Four limited series coming in May.
Legendary writer Peter David is at the helm, with artwork by Star Wars artist Alan Robinson. The series picks up in the immediate aftermath of that first story from the ’90s. Only with this “extreme FF” taking on demonic activity in Las Vegas. This series will also feature some classic FF members, including the often-forgotten She-Thing. There will also be guest stars aplenty. (Given the ’90s vibes, we fully expect a Punisher appearance). You can check out the wraparound cover for issue one by artist Nick Bradshaw above.
In a statement, writer Peter David said “Although their original stint was extremely short-lived, the alternate version of the FF has had its fans for years, including myself. I am fortunate Marvel has given me the opportunity to revisit with them. And to take their battles to new heights in a new location with new allies and new enemies.”
Back in the day, the Fantastic Four creative team of Walter Simonson and Arthur Adams poked fun of their own blatant attempt at getting new readers. They even slapped “The World’s Most Commercialest Comics Magazine!” blurb on the cover. This was in place of “The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine!” tagline the series usually had. With everyone in on the joke, it was hard to get mad about the blatant cash grab. Marvel fans immediately wanted more of the New FF stories. But back then, all we got was some trading cards. Good things come for those who wait, however. Even if the wait is sometimes over three decades! New Fantastic Four #1 hits your local comic shop on May 25.