Fraction, Bagley & Allred Official On "Fantastic Four"/"FF"

Marvel Comics wave of Marvel NOW! relaunch announcements continue their official unveiling today as writer Matt Fraction was named new steward of Marvel's first family. Starting in November, Fraction will team with artist Mark Bagley on "Fantastic Four" #1 to be followed by an all-new "FF" #1 drawn by Mike Allred.

"It's the first family, and we're putting family first," the writer told USA Today in a first interview. "It's very easy to say, 'I want to stay true to what Stan and Jack did.' Well, what Stan and Jack did was invent the entirety of the Marvel Universe in 104 issues...This is the place to be wildly inventive, and I would like to put as many things down on the page as humanly possible and offer up another dose next issue."

The core book will feature the classic Fantastic Four on a road trip with Reed and Sue Richards' children while "FF" will debut a new team hand-picked by the Four after a mysterious time-travel incident occurs to spook the original team. That new team will be Ant-Man Scott Lang (Reed's pick), She-Hulk (Thing's), Medusa (Sue's) and Miss Thing (Johnny's pick of a "Lohan-esque celebutante blonde" he throws into the mix).

While the original team is away on vacation, the new members will face down classic foes at the Future Foundation in NYC. "Suddenly, there are imposters to the throne, and [the villains] come out of the woodwork for these guys."

The two books will be highly linked, said Marvel SVP of Publisher and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. ""My hope is that it will be quirky in the same way that the Fantastic Four were quirky when they first appeared in the early '60s. We know who they are, we know what they're about, but when they first showed up, it was like a bomb going off in comics. These were remarkable characters who were doing unexpected things and had a real element of danger to it and excitement and unpredictability. The hope is we'll be able to tap into something akin to that."

Fraction drew comparisons with his new books to all-ages comics, saying, ""If this could be the Pixar version of the Fantastic Four, something that everyone can enjoy, not just our medium 30-year-old white-dude reader, I'd be happy."

For more, check USA Today.

The news follows confirmation of Kieron Gillen and Greg Land taking on "Iron Man," Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic on "Thor: Gods of Asgard," Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Tony Moore on "Deadpool" and of course, CBR's exclusive interview with Mark Waid and Leinil Yu on "Indestructible Hulk."

Stay tuned to CBR for more on the Marvel NOW! relaunch.

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