Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Flame Off!

I'll let you read this article to get the tragic news.

Marvel Reveals FF Death

Now a moment to digest it.

This is horrific news! First they insist that one must die, then that the FF as a team must break up. I don't know what to make of these truly shattering details. Life as we know it in the comics world is crashing to ground as the creation of Stan and Jack are brought down! What will replace them? Can anything?

Does this in fact signal the end of not just one comic book, but the end of an entire company? Will this be the end of Marvel Comics? If so, can DC and Archie be far behind?

The Comics Code has been demolished only this past week. Wizard has ceased to publish. And now we have to confront the very real possibility that the American comic book as we know it is coming to an end.

So sad!

So tragic!

So full of crap! (Signaling ironic transition)

Was I born yesterday? Wasn't it only a few years ago that a clamor was made over the "demise" of Captain America? Does anyone not in the comic book world realize that his death was just a stunt, to attract attention and that Steve Rogers, the Captain America in question has been back a while and that Captain America the iconic figure never left?

It's inane to make a big deal over this, and it's actually pretty much just as inane for me to carry on about it even to the extent that this post does.

Marvel does get some publicity, but this pretty much has to be the last time they play this card in the big media. Cap went big, this might get some traction, but I can't see it working a third time.

You know what's really crazy. I think they should have killed off Ben Grimm. He's the heart and soul of the team and his death would have had some real potency through the Marvel Universe, both here and otherwise.

Here's a link to a post I did on the Human Torch several months ago.

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  1. Joe Quesadilla may not be editor in chief anymore---he has some other title----but this still has his grubby fingerprints all over it. This is the FF's 50th anniversary, so I doubt very seriously this will actually go very far. By the end of the year, Johnny Storm will be back.

    Disney should consider dismissing Quesadilla, who couldn't keep a deadline as an artist, and is coming across now as an attention whore. Consider what has been done on his watch:

    1. The Rawhide Kid, another Lee/Kirby creation, is "outed". Two bad miniseries follow.

    2. Spider-Man's marriage to Mary Jane Watson is retconned out of the comics because Quesada had a hissy fit and felt it should never have happened. Luckily, after they tried it in the newspaper strip, the backpedaled and reinstated Peter & Mary Jane as a married couple. I wish they'd do that in the books, too.

    3. Capt. America "dies".

    4. Johnny Storm is "killed".

    And who knows what other evil ideas have sprung from Quesada, aside from anything written by Kevin Smith.

  2. Just doesn't make any sense to me at the same time Marvel is saying this is the next step in the "evolution of the legendary Fantastic Four franchise," but then they say the FF comic book is ending so where will the franchise be? In the Avengers? Are the FF going to join the X-Men? I mean I'm being ridiculous but unless they are being folded into some other book, or if they have a new monthly book of their own, they aren't going to have much of a franchise. And if they have a new monthly book why not just keep it the old book!

  3. It's hype to build some interest in the FF. I assume after a few months they'll start a new book with some title or other to house the remaining characters. It's like what they did to Thor forever, before relaunching him when he "died" there for a while.

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  4. Yes, there is going to be a new Fantastic Four book coming out right after #588, simply called "FF" with the team of Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting.

    Hmm... Epting was the illustrator of the "Death of Captain America" story. Coincidence?


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