Fantastic Four #587 hits shops one day earlier than the other new comics this week. That allows everyone a chance to see which member of the "first family" of Marvel Comics bites the dust. For those of you who may remember, the Catacombs made a prediction on December 26, 2010 and while I'm not gonna say I told you so, click here to see that post, and then head to the stores early Tuesday morning.
This "death of a major character" gimick to sell comics is cheap and insults the intelligence of the comic book fan! I understand why it worked when DC pulled this stunt with Superman all those years ago, but now that both DC and Marvel have done it with multiple charaters (which they always bring back - with the exception of Robin), how is it that fans contine to buy these comics instead of demanding good writing and artwork? Maybe I'm just a grouchy old fan, but I haven't bought a "big two" comic in over a decade!
Nevertheless, it was a very well-executed and emotional story. Hickman and Epting did a very good job with it, even if you know Johnny's gonna be back sooner or later.
Doc, unfortunately the trend doesn't seem likely to wane. The current generation of writers & artists come predominantly from the fanbase, and thus have absolutely no qualms about enacting their "fanboy" preferences on classic characters ceded over to them by editors of likeminds.
"Branding" has trumped storytelling and "franchising" every single title into multiple tie-in series, although its rapidly helping to kill the monthly periodical, is the order of the day.
There were moments of effective high drama in FF #587, but the Torch's actual demise was far more muted than I would have preferred seeing for a founding character of the whole Marvel Universe.
Yeah...he'll be back. The fans will demand it.
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