That’s correct. The Fantastic Four is now the Fantastic Three.
The story has been building up for months and the secret is so confidential that the comic books featuring the death were packaged in black polybags and not sold on newsstands.
For the umpteenth time, Marvel proclaimed that this death is “permanent and would have far reaching consequences in the Marvel Universe”.
Nice try, Marvel.
I have 2 words for you… “Steve Rogers”.
I don’t think anyone is holding their breath that this death would be permanent. They might die from oxygen deprivation. Wait… given the speed the resurrections occur these days, they might not…
So, the question to ask is… who died?
Just the third Human Torch in the Marvel Universe (after Jim Hammond and Taro), but then again, who’s counting? Like I said, nobody’s expecting the death to be permanent.
Johnny is easily the most accessible member of Marvel’s first family. Reed behaves like a general jerk, while Sue is possibly promiscuous with some not-completely-human species. Sure, Ben has the whole Frankenstein-ien misunderstood monster thing going for him, but seriously, there is only so much whining a guy can take from a comic book. So that leaves us with the stereotypical party animal, Johnny. Everyone loves a guy that lives fast and die young (literally) right? It shows us how good life can be if only you have the balls to have a blatant disregard for responsibility. What’s the fun of the Fantastic Four without Johnny?
So here’s a new render… my tribute to the 50 year old party animal – Johnny Storm… till you come back again.
My personal bet is the “resurrection” will occur within a year.