I will admit, I'm only an occasional reader of Fantastic Four. I've been looking through the last few issues and now I see what writer Jonathan Hickman has been up to all along.
Some readers complained he was "too all out there" and had too many pans on the stove, but now, looking back, it's great to see there was a point to it all.
The death of **** was not covered with news helicopters and press, ala Supermans death oh so long ago.
While still one of my favorite issues, Superman went out with a bang. As he should have, but this hero's death was not watched by the World.
They died as most heroes do. Their death only known to a select few who witnessed it. Those who will have to go on with the survivors guilt, knowing what they know and asking themselves forever, "was there something else I could have done?"
Those who will explain and those who weren't there to help.
Fantastic Four was touted as "Marvels First Family" and it was. They were the family down the street you never had to worry about. It always seemed they had a good bead on everything.
Heck, even Tony Stark and Peter Parker, when down to the wire, would stop in and ask for help.
I believe this is why I liked the FF movies more than others. I saw the family parts a little better. Some wanted another knock-down drag-out superhero movie, but like the Incredibles, this was a family story and so is this comic.
The FF were the A-Team of heroes in the Marvel universe. The 4 who could stop everything. Now, with one gone, things will literally never be the same.
Marvel said that this was in the works for quit a while and the book will now soon be called FF.
Will the hero come back? Who knows. Lagging sales may bring **** back. Or it could be an alternate from another timeline. Who knows?
I'm a little upset Marvel has chosen it's HEROIC AGE to deal us a death blow, but let's face it, DC's Brightest Day really isn't either.
Most won't care **** died. FF isn't known for it's large reader base. That's too bad, because in a World of sex and violence, a really nice human story was being told and most will miss it.
But for now, I say screw eBay! Buy the comic (if you can find one), open it up and just read it.
It's a good story and a good death.