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This November, the fight for the future takes shape in FF #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of Eisner Award winning creators Matt Fraction and Michael Allred! As part of Marvel NOW!, FF joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

With the Fantastic Four embarking on an epic journey, an all-new substitute Four, handpicked by original members – Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Miss Thing – stand ready to guard and protect Earth and the Future Foundation for four minutes! What could possibly go wrong?

“The FF is a chance to radically remix and reinvent the familiar aspects of the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation into something all new and wild,” explains Fraction. “Standing on its own but interlinked with Fantastic Four, the all-new FF will be doing things the Fantastic Four could only dream of before.”

Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With FF, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover all-new perspectives .

“What — you didn’t actually think Reed would leave the Baxter Building unprotected during the Richards’ family’s epic road trip, did you?” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment.  “Someone’s got to guard the fort, and Reed’s handpicked replacement team — courtesy of Matt and Mike’s unique creative synergy – is truly fantastic in its own right.  Facing a relentless siege of villains with bones to pick, this team quickly realizes that the best defense against certain, uhm, Doom, is a good offense.”

Each issue of FF features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”

An all-new direction! All-new threats! An all-new team! This is FF NOW!

This November, Matt Fraction and Michael Allred redefine the future in FF #1!

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FF #1

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  1. Red Star
    August 10, 2012 at 10:36 am — Reply

    Who’s Miss Thing? And which Ant Man is this? I’m thinking it’s Scott Lang. Hank Pym would be a better fit for a super science team, but It would be like demoting him to simply a Reed Richards replacement.

  2. TaZ
    August 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    The Legion of Substitute Fantastic Four’ers???? The art’s like Madman (which I hate) and what the hell are the things coming out of Ant-Man’s hands??? And “Miss Thing” is about the most stupid looking concept I have ever seen in years of comic book reading. Damn, guys…Squirrel Girl is a better idea than this.

    If this thing makes it past a 12 issue limited series run I’d be shocked. Bleah!

    • ~wyntermute~
      August 11, 2012 at 1:51 am — Reply

      Make that two of us (at least) who hate Allred’s art. He =murdered= X-Force so badly that… well, he literally MURDERED X-Force (his B-team version, at least). As much as I rant about “if the story’s good, I don’t care who does the artwork”, I find Allred’s art ACTIVELY annoying — i.e., I can’t get past how much it bugs me to appreciate the underlying story, whether it’s good or not. Now he’s B-teaming the FF? This falls under “never read”, simply because it looks like something that Andy Warhol (who I’ve nothing against) might draw if he was trying to make a post-modern (this is where the annoyance comes in) comic book-cum-art statement. I wish he’d stick to his own characters, because if that happened I’d never encounter his work again. If DC can dump JLI after 12 issues, why can’t this be canned preemptively? ^_^

      • August 11, 2012 at 10:35 am — Reply

        I wish he’d stick to his own characters, because if that happened I’d never encounter his work again. If DC can dump JLI after 12 issues, why can’t this be canned preemptively?

        As a counterpoint, I’m actually looking forward to this.

        • ~wyntermute~
          August 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm — Reply

          Well, your mileage is naturally allowed to vary, but If I Ruled The Comic-Book World you’d be deprived of it pretty darn quickly. >_^ I just think his style “works” for Madman, but.. Well, that’s it. It’s no real biggie, and I know I’m under no obligation to buy/read this book, but I kinda liked what Matt Fraction was doing with the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation concepts, and thus slightly irked that my enjoyment will be lessened by this (in my opinion) god-awful artwork. Have a nice day! *thumbs up!* (Sorry, I couldn’t resist the Mick Foleyesque cheap-pop non-sequitur.)

          • Jon
            August 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm — Reply

            “If I Ruled The Comic-Book World you’d be deprived of it pretty darn quickly.”

            Except you don’t rule the world. And the book’s coming out anywhere, regardless of what you say. You don’t have to buy it. No one’s forcing you to.

  3. Mokin
    August 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    …that’s the old Thing suit Reed designed for Ben, right?

    …I thought it was designed in such a way only the blue-eyed Ben could make it work…

    …and it was destroyed, wasn’t it? Reed rebuilt it?

    …I haven’t kept tabs on the Inhumans, but Medusa is leaving Black Bolt’s side for this?

    …ah well…

  4. Fishbone Jones
    August 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    I can see why they sat on releasing this announcement till the back of the pack…

  5. gilberto nieves
    August 14, 2012 at 5:53 pm — Reply

    i see they’re switching the gender dynamic of the team as the fantastic four has 3 guys and 1 woman, this team has 3 girls and 1 man. i always though miss thing would have been a great and suitable name for sharon what’s her name? ben’s girlfriend who actually got transformed into a female thing. don’t know who this is but she does look stupid.

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