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“FLAME ON” once more! Fantastic Four #600, available today in comic stores and on the Marvel Comics app, brings the Human Torch back to the Marvel Universe. But, after his dramatic death, how did this founding member of the FF return? And, when one of their deadliest enemies mounts his greatest assault, will this family reunion be short-lived? The answers arrive in this giant-sized issue—with 100 pages of all-new stories—from writer Jonathan Hickman and some of the most acclaimed artists in comics today, including Steve Epting, Leinil Yu and more! This issue also features covers from the some of the biggest names in comics, including John Romita Jr, Gabriele Dell’Otto, Arthur Adams and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada!

“As befits the 50th anniversary of the team, this is the biggest Fantastic Four story we’ve ever told, from the scope of the story to the sheer amount of new—and important—stories in this issue.” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor. “Jonathan Hickman, along with our unrivaled art team, have pulled out all the stops for a story that epitomizes why the Fantastic Four are some of the most important characters in pop culture history. Fantastic Four #600 is going to blow you away!”

Then, next week, the story continues in FF #12, from Hickman and artist Juan Bobillo, as the story you’ve demanded is finally told—learn just how Doctor Doom and the youngest members of the Future Foundation will save us all!

Fantastic Four #1 debuted in 1961, kicking off the “Marvel Age” of comics and dramatically increasing the popularity of super heroes. As the progenitor of Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four set a new tone for super hero comics with its nuanced characterization, reflection of real world fears and progressive depiction of super heroes. Through the years, the Fantastic Four have been involved in many of comics most important & memorable storylines, from the introduction of Galactus to the chart-topping Civil War and the recent death of the Human Torch, which garnered mainstream media attention worldwide. Earlier this year the group was reinvented as the Future Foundation in the new FF series and has been one of Marvel’s top-selling, most acclaimed launches of the year.

It’s the book that has everyone buzzing—check out Fantastic Four #600, available right now in comic stores and on the Marvel Comics app!


FF #12 (SEP110556)
ON SALE – 11/30/11

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  1. lapis
    November 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    this might have been good if it wasnt so damned predictable.

    • November 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm — Reply

      Or so damned EXPENSIVE. Isn’t this the second time Marvel’s experimented with $7.99?

      “I don’t know what to do. Times are tough, and our high cover prices are driving people away.”

      “Hey. Have you tried making the books MORE expensive?”

      “Wow! It’s that kind of contrarian thinking that made Marvel great!”

  2. Ian
    November 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you

  3. wdchefdave
    November 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    I miss Herbie already! He taught me not to pour gasoline on myself and try to be the “Human Torch” back in the 70s! (They actually replaced Johnny Storm with a stupid Star Wars rip-off robot for that very reason!) We all knew that he and Batman, Captain America, and Thor weren’t gonna stay dead! Why doesn’t someone do something with the ORIGINAL “Human Torch” just for grins! Johnny Storm could have stayed “dead” a while longer and given the unemployed android a job for a little while. Then, we could watch them fight it out Torch2Torch… even if only one of them is an actual “human”. And, make Spider-man stop wearing that silly white costume.

    • Steamblade
      November 24, 2011 at 5:19 am — Reply

      Um, no they didn’t. That’s a comics urban legend. The rights to the Human Torch had already been optioned by Universal for a pilot that never got made.

  4. November 23, 2011 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    This is kinda ridiculous. Those kinds of stunts only work when they become status-quo for at least ten years. Or so I’m told by totally non-existent sources that I’m not willing to quote.

  5. November 24, 2011 at 1:29 am — Reply

    “will this family reunion be short-lived?”
    Who cares if they bring the “dead” heros back after only a couple of week.

    • November 24, 2011 at 9:29 am — Reply

      Well the real kicker is this:

      Marvel has one death per quarter.

      The FF only has four members.

      QED, one of them will always be dead. I think it’s Sue’s turn…

  6. brenton8090
    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I’m telling you, you should put clocks on the site for how long characters stay dead.

  7. Russ Catt
    November 24, 2011 at 9:05 am — Reply

    There was no doubt that Storm would be back and Matthew called the issue he would return as well (kudos!)

    The main questions are “Did he die a good death?” and “Did he get a good return?”
    I’d say yes to the first one and no to the second.
    The plot of his return was thrown into place last month and the manner of his survival was detailed in one of the #600 back-up stoires. Neither of them was executed elegantly.
    It was a plot thread I would have expected in the ’90’s. I expected more out of this writing team.

  8. November 25, 2011 at 1:25 am — Reply

    Yea it was predictable the Torch coming back but what a great story look at the many pieces of the story Hickman has done a great job in preserving the Fantastic Four as a very good comic.

  9. November 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    Woah! Did I read that right? $7.99?! Not to sound like an old fart, but I remember going to the comic book store with a $20 and leaving with an armload of comics. Couple of years later, it bought maybe, 3 comics as long as one isn’t a “prestige” format or an Annual. Is it just me, but back in the 1960’s and 1970’s comics ranged from 15 cents to 25 cents. Then in the 1980’s, to up to 35 cents. Then the 90’s onward, to a now $7.99. I remember balking at the $2.50 prices way back when.

    And, back on topic, will anyone be surprised the torch is coming back?

  10. November 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm — Reply

    I hate saying it but I REALLY enjoyed this issue. I’ve been thinking that FF has had too much going on for awhile now and they kept all of the story lines separate in a way that made sense. I liked Torch’s interesting return and I love the setup of the major plot lines that were going on all starting to come together.

    I really felt they did a good job and I’ve never been a huge fan of the Fantastic Four. (I’ve been reading it since Torch died.)

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