Here be spoilers: The FANTASTIC FOUR member who dies today is... [UPDATED]
The Associated Press is reporting in the wee hours Tuesday that the member of the Fantastic Four who dies in this week's much-anticipated Issue No. 587 -- as recently teased by Marvel honcho Tom Brevoort [right] -- is ...
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That's right: As Comic Riffs "wagered" Monday, it's the Human Torch whose life has been extinguished -- at least for the foreseeable future, given the superpowers of comic resurrection -- by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Steve Epting, Marvel Entertainment tells Comic Riffs.
"Johnny Storm's life is taken amid a massive battle that [Hickman] has been scripting for a year-and-half," the AP says. This after a half-century of the Human Torch burning bright.
Brevoort, Marvel's senior veep for publishing at Marvel, tells Comic Riffs: "Nobody was twisting our arms. but hopefully, we told an interesting and affecting story leading up to Johnny's demise--and what happens next will be just as interesting."
Brevoort has said that Issue 588 is the final issue of the Fantastic Four, noting coyly: "Beyond that, we're not ready to say exactly what we're doing. There won't be an issue 589."
Hickman "came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1 - and quite frankly his vision blew us away," Brevoort said in a statement.
Sorry, but we must pause to rage, rage against the dying of the light.
So in honor of excitable Johnny Storm, cue a tune of remembrance by the late great rocker Warren Zevon, ("Stand in the Fire," "Johnny Strikes Up the Band"). It was Zevon, after all, who once -- when asked by David Letterman for thoughts on facing his own imminent mortality -- said in part with a certain wry poignance: "Enjoy every sandwich."
RIP, Johnny Storm.
| January 25, 2011; 1:20 AM ET
Categories: Geek Buzz, Superheroes, The Comic Book | Tags: Fantastic Four, Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Entertainment, Steve Epting, Tom Brevoort
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