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World's Greatest AGAIN: Waid & 'Ringo back on 'Fantastic Four'

Fans were shocked and outraged when Marvel Comics sacked writer Mark Waidand artist Mike Wieringo from "Fantastic Four" a few months back, when theseries was garnering critical acclaim. Though Mark Waid spoke to CBR Newsabout the firing, fans still questioned Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada atnumerous conventions. It was obvious that this decision, and theintroduction of a New York playright as the new writer, were not overlypopular with fans, despite the written explanation provided by Marvel.

Well, never say the fans don't have a say in what happens.

On Wieringo's online web diary, colloquially called a "blog," the artistrevealed that he and Waid were back on "Fantastic Four," with the issuefollowing what was expected to be their last. He said:

"And they say you can't go home again.

"Well, I'm VERY happy to be able to announce that I'm going to be BACK asthe regular penciler on FANTASTIC FOUR as of issue #509-- working with mybuddy Mark Waid. That's right, we're back as the creative team of theWorld's Greatest Comic Magazine. Well, Mark will have never really have leftin the first place, but you get my drift.

"I'm not going to speculate on the reasons why things have turned out theway they have. It's been a very strange (almost) four months since the whole"Mark Waid firing" incident-- but all I CAN say is that I'm very glad thatthings have turned out the way they have. I'm back working on one of thegreatest books I've every worked on, with one of the greatest writers incomics. And working for Tom Brevoort-- one of the finest, best editors inthis business. So, at the end of the day, things are back to being the waythey were-- only better. And that's just fine with me.

"I'm ready to get back to work!

"Mike"

Fan reaction on the CBR Forums and the CBR-hosted Wieringo forum has beenoverwhelmingly positive and stay tuned to CBR News for more on thisdeveloping story.

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