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Frank Miller Returns to Marvel for a Fantastic Four Variant Cover

This November, Marvel Comics is relaunching Fantastic Four with a new creative team -- and the book's first issue will feature a variant cover by none other than legendary creator Frank Miller (Daredevil: Born Again, Wolverine).

"To celebrate the start of a new era for Marvel's first family, legendary comics writer and artist Frank Miller has crafted an eye-catching cover for the series' first issue starring the 'Ever-Lovin' Blue-Eyed' Thing!" the House of Ideas wrote. "The variant cover marks Miller's first Marvel Comics work in nearly 30 years, and fans can look forward to more variant covers from the visionary creator in the near future."


Written by RYAN NORTH


Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by FRANK MILLER

On Sale 11/9

As exclusively announced by Entertainment Weekly, Marvel's new Fantastic Four seriesunites the creative team of writer Ryan North (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and artist Iban Coello (Dark Ages). Fantastic Four #1 is due to hit comic shops on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with EW explaining that the relaunch will focus on "smaller and more intimate stories," ranter than "big epics." Furthermore, the title will see Marvel's First Family depart their longtime stomping ground of New York City.

The Fantastic Four Are Getting a Fresh Start

"I had the advantage that Dan Slott's run went super huge," North explained. "In the most recent arc, The Reckoning War, they saved not just the universe, but the multiverse. That made the choice obvious: I'm never going to go as big as Dan did, so let's tell smaller stories about the Fantastic Four. That was my way in."

The writer elaborated, "I want to do these smaller, self-contained stories in the vein of '60s Star Trek where they go down to a planet, find a weird thing, fix the weird thing, and move on. Having these four weirdos roll into town where there's a mystery or a problem or some sci-fi thing, solve the problem, and then move on struck me as a very interesting way to position the Fantastic Four and tell stories that would feel fresh and not like a retread of what we've seen before."

As for Miller, while he has not done any work for Marvel in quite some time, his influence can certainly still be felt at the publisher. In fact, this isn't the first time Ben Grimm/the Thing has been associated with the creator in recent years. Back in 2019, Ed Piskor crafted a variant cover for Tom Scioli's Fantastic Four: Grand Design. An homage to Miller's cover for DC's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2, Piskor's variant sees the Thing take a fighting stance similar to Batman's.

Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Iban Coello, Fantastic Four #1 goes on sale Nov. 9 from Marvel Comics.

Source: Marvel Comics

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