|Cover art by Alex Ross|
The legendary Fantastic Four - the title that launched the modern age of Marvel Comics in 1961 - celebrates its 700th issue this May with the return of their arch-nemesis, Doctor Doom.
Written by Rtan North, with art by Iban Coello, the seventh issue of their run will be a super-sized spectacular that sees the recently reunited team:
"...reach their new base of operations—not knowing that their greatest threat has made it there first! As their knowledge of language itself begins to melt from their minds, the Four are in disarray as their existence hangs in the balance... and the greatest villain of all time finally seals their doom."Doom himself:
"...will embark on an epic journey across space and time to reverse the damage that his most bitter foes have unleashed on the Marvel Universe. Will he be able to succeed where Reed Richards failed? Or will his meddling make matters far, far worse?"
Fantastic Four #7 (aka Fantastic Four #700!) hits comic book stores on May 17.
I just wish Marvel would stop messing around with the numbering of their titles: if they're trumpeting the fact that this is the 700th issue Fantastic Four, and therefore saying that 'big numbers matter', then revert all their titles to the legacy numbering system.
Stop keep relaunching titles with new issue ones. If you want to hook readers to a title with a good 'jumping-on point', then put a banner on the issue proclaiming it as such... and leave the numbering alone.
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