The Fantastic Four is back. In the 1990s, Walt Simonson and Arthur Adams introduced the unusual union of Wolverine, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Ghost Rider in Fantastic Four #347, which was published after the original Fantastic Four had vanished. Despite their short lifespan, the squad remains a fan favorite almost 30 years later. The Fantastic Four are now in a miniseries from Peter David and Alan Robinson, entitled The New Fantastic Four. The story takes place not long after the team’s formation and is in the same vein as Marvel’s X-Men Legends, Maestro, and Silver Surfer Rebirth.Here’s a summary of the plot provided by Marvel Comics in a press release: “Wolverine, Hulk (AKA Joe Fixit), Ghost Rider and Spider-Man have reunited to investigate a surge of violence in Las Vegas. And with demonic masterminds pulling the strings, they’re going to need some extra help… This all-new adventure will feature surprise guest stars aplenty, including the original FF and a series of mystery villains that you’ll never see coming!”
In the press release, David explains, “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 take their battles to new heights in a new location with new allies and new enemies.”
Robinson continues, “Talk about debuting with a big bang in Marvel Comics! With characters such as Spider-Man, Hulk, Ghost Rider and Wolverine, and written by the awesome Peter David, no less! This is a dream come true for me as an artist and as a fan, and the story gets richer with each page. A total blast!” David is a major part of several vintage series that Marvel has published in the past year. He wrote a new tale set in his popular ’90s run on X-Factor in X-Men Legends. He is also working on a Maestro book series. He previously wrote the Symbiote Spider-Man line for the publisher.
What do you think about Marvel resurrecting Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, and Ghost Rider as the new Fantastic Four in a one-issue miniseries? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section. On May 25th, comic shops and online retailers will be selling New Fantastic Four #1, which is Marvel’s reboot of the Fantastic Four comic book series.