Marvel is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Fantastic Four” #1 with a new image teasing at the possible return of the Human Torch to the Marvel Universe. The image consists of a shot of the Fantastic Four’s icon set against a satellite photo of the Earth with a date of November 2011 at the bottom. Listed at the top is the project’s creative team — last names only — of Hickman, Epting, Di Giandomenico, Yu and Dalrymple. While the first two are obviously referring to the team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, the creative duo behind the Death of the Human Torch storyline, the other names seem to indicate an interesting artistic line-up of consisting of (presumably) Farel Dalrymple, Leinil Francis Yu and Carmine Di Gianomencio.
Marvel has officially released it as its third teaser for the November-launching project only known as “Four.” As with the previous teasers, the description for the image reads, as did yesterday’s, “FOUR,” and carries the same list of creator names (Hickman, Epting, Di Giandomenico, Yu and Dalrymple) and date of November 2011 which would, perhaps not coincidentally, be when “Fantastic Four” #600 would have been published if the title had not been cancelled and replaced by the Jonathan Hickman- “FF.”
Remember in the issue that Johnny (Human Torch) was to die we never really saw his demise before the portal to the Negative Zone closed. So perhaps another comic hero returns from an apparent death. In the current series FF we see the Return of the King of the Inhumans, Black Bolt who was rumored to be dead. Well the previews of the new series shows the Fantastic Four past, present, and future. Definitely worth checking out this November. Stay tuned comic faithful for more. 🙂 Walt
Update 4 August 12, 2011: And, as predicted, a final shoe has dropped. While Fantastic Four is picking back up with a shiny #600 in November 2011, FF #12 will also be coming out that month. Perhaps Johnny is coming back.