Marvel Comics released a teaser image promoting a possible Fantastic Four relaunch. The image promotes a new #1 issue to be released in March 2011, called FF #1: A Beginning.
The current Fantastic Four team of writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting will be staying on the book, which is a good thing as they have been doing a great job of it. The series is currently in the middle of the â€œ3â€ storyline which has promised to change the book in a big way, with one of the main characters set to die. The teaser image seems to tie into that with three hexagons next to each other. Perhaps itâ€™s some kind of chemical symbol? (Hickman is a very smart guy, and he has made the Fantastic Four suitably smart.)
Iâ€™m sure this image will make more sense once we reach the end of the current storyline, but Iâ€™m just happy to see that Hickman and Epting will be remaining on the book for the foreseeable future. I do think itâ€™s a little weird for Marvel to reset the numbering on one of their longest-running series, especially given their recent habit of changing the numbering on their series to ignore relaunches (see: Thor, Captain America, and next month when Invincible Iron Man jumps from issue 33 to issue 500).
Iâ€™m sure the reason is that Marvel is looking for a new #1 issue to get readers on board with what should be one of their flagship titles but has not been able to find an audience in a long time. If you havenâ€™t been reading Fantastic Four, I would give one of the Hickman storylines a look, so long as you can deal with some oftentimes confusing ideas. It may not be for everyone, but itâ€™s been very interesting, and it has gotten me to read FF for the longest stretch of time in my comics-buying life.