- Ultimate Fantastic Four
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Art by Adam Kubert
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date = February 2004 - Present
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Brian Michael Bendis Mark Millar Adam Kubert"Ultimate Fantastic Four" is a superhero comic bookseries published by Marvel Comics. The series is a modernized re-imagining of Marvel's long-running " Fantastic Four" comic book franchise as part of its Ultimate Marvelimprint. The Ultimate Fantastic Four team exists alongside other revamped Marvel characters in Ultimate Marvel titles including Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate X-Men, and The Ultimates.
While the characters may bear resemblance to their normal
Marvel Universecounterparts, they differ in many aspects. The origin of their powers is different and the team is much younger. The series revolves around the adventures of Reed Richards, siblings Susan and Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm, who get engulfed in a malfunctioned teleporter experiment and get super powers: Reed can stretch, Susan projects force fields and makes herself invisible, Johnny becomes a human torch and Ben a superstrong stone giant. The series takes place in contemporary New York.
The title was created by
Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millarand Adam Kubert. The series debuted in early 2004, and has a monthly publishing schedule. It is currently written by Mike Careywith art by Tyler Kirkham.
"Ultimate Fantastic Four" was the fifth continuing series of the
Ultimate Marvelseries, after " Ultimate Spider-Man", " Ultimate X-Men" and "The Ultimates" and " Ultimate Marvel Team-Up". The first writers assigned by project leader Bill Jemaswere Mark Millar ("The Ultimates", "Ultimate X-Men") and Brian Michael Bendis ("Ultimate Spider-Man", "Ultimate X-Men"), who had both previously written comics in the Ultimate Marvel universe. Grant Morrisonwas involved in conceptualizing "Ultimate Fantastic Four" and was at one point set to write the series. However, he departed from Marvel for an exclusivity contract with DC Comicsbefore this could be finalized. Bryan Hitchdesigned the costumes for the characters, thus explaining their aesthetic resemblance to the costumes worn by the protagonists of "The Ultimates". Contrary to popular belief, Hitch was only tasked as concept artist and was never slated to draw the book when it debuted.
In the "Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 1" hardcover edition, Millar and Bendis write about the somewhat odd circumstances of their collaboration. Foremost, virtual communication was the only method available as Millar lives in
Glasgow, Scotland, and Bendis in Portland, Oregon. Secondly, they both had considerably different writing styles, as Millar's stories are typically fast-paced and widescreen, while Bendis' output is more dialogue-heavy and slow-paced and both writers feared it could wreck the project. It was agreed that Millar would write the plot and Bendis finalized the scripts based on his plots.
Millar completely rewrote the origin for the protagonists because he was not satisfied with the original 1961 story, in which the four team members steal a space craft to beat the Soviets to the moon. He said: "Four guys hijacking a space-rocket trying to reach the moon to beat the communists wasn't going to fly." In their version, Millar and Bendis wrote a story in which Reed Richards is a child prodigy, protected by his burly friend Ben Grimm from bullies, and a genius who had invented a method of teleportation in his youth. He is discovered by government official Willie Lumpkin, and subsequently recruited into a child prodigy
think tank/school located in the upper floors of the Baxter building. There he meets Professor Storm, who leads the project, and his children, bioengineer Susan Storm and her younger brother Johnny. Reed also becomes the rival of Victor Van Damme, a fellow student. When Reed becomes 21, he plans to teleport an apple into a parallel universe (the "N-Zone"), but Van Damme claims Reed's calculations are wrong and changes the setup at the last minute. The five students get teleported through the N-Zone, and when they rematerialize, they return heavily mutated. After the Fantastic Four return to the Baxter building, they must soon face their first opponent, Mole Man.
The material strayed far from the original stories, almost completely bypassing the original stories by Stan Lee. Also notable was the fact that the characters were changed. The character of Reed Richards, in the mainstream Marvel Comics super-intelligent and a true leader, had his previous role split, with the character of Professor Storm taking up his leader traits, while the 21-year old idealist Reed retains his super-intelligence. Reed no longer automatically assumes leadership of the team in demanding situations, a role more often filled by Sue Storm. She was little more than a
damsel in distressin the early comics, but in this version, she is the most head-strong and assertive member of the team, and has a gift for biochemistry and bioengineering. Ben Grimm, no longer Reed's college friend but his grade-school friend, is not as intelligent and has to have science explained to him, providing an opportunity for plot dumps.
In the end, both writers were satisfied with the results. Furthermore, Millar and Bendis stated that they had many more ideas, but in the end, massive scheduling problems forced them out. Instead, they persuaded
Warren Ellisto continue the series. Ellis wrote the next arc, "Doom", centering on Victor Van Damme. He wrote Van Damme as a descendant of Dracula, a boy whose childhood ended when he was 10, formed by his severe, authoritarian father. Ellis also fleshed out the hard science fiction element behind the FF, namely writing that they gained their powers because the teleportation changed their "phase space condition" into something from an alternate universe; in laymen's terms, there are multiple conceivable states of an object, a 'phase space' of all the possible ways they could be. While in the N-Zone, each one of them mutated into another form that they could've been.
It was also explained that Reed's metabolism functioned because his cells were replaced with "pliable bacterial stacks," single cells which duplicate most of the larger functions of the human body and does not rip or tear when he extends. The next arc "N-Zone" has the four traveling on the spaceship "Awesome" (a name of Johnny's choice) to the exact dimension where they got their powers. They encounter an alien named Nihil whose dimension has only a few hundred thousand years left before succumbing to an entropic heat death, and wishes to escape from his world to ours.
In "Think Tank" the team meet
Rhona Burchill(a re-imagined Mad Thinker), who captures them and attempts to sell them to the highest bidder. In "Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual 1" they meet Crystal of the Inhumans, and as a result of trespassing on their home destroy it, forcing the Inhumans to move to a new one. "Crossover" has them encountering zombie infected versions of themselves and every other hero of that world. With the help of that world's Magneto the Fantastic Four manage to escape with the few survivors. "Tomb of Namor" has the Four encountering Atlantian criminal Namorwho only leaves when he gets a kiss from Susan Storm. In "Super-Skrull" Reed Richards goes back in time to the teleportation accident to ensure it doesn't go wrong. There is dispute amongst the team to whether this is the right course of action. However, after a cruel prank played by Johnny Storm on Ben Grimm, the team realize just how depressed Ben is being trapped inside 'The Thing'. Reed goes back and makes the experiment a success. We then see how the time-line has been altered. Everyone on the planet except Ben has superpowers thanks to the Skrull pill given to them by the Skrulls and the leader Super-Skrull. The Skrulls however have tricked humanity and the still-human Ben Grimm is their last hope. In "Frightful", Johnny is infected with an illness only Doctor Doom can cure; it also features the escape of the Frightful Four. In "God War," alien terrorists attack Reed, who is looking for a seed while also facing a powerful enemy. The next arc "Devils" introduces Diablo who kidnaps those close to the four as bait; he intends to get immortality by using Reed's sister as a power source.
Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic
Reed is a child genius who displayed his curiosity from the day he was born. At the age of 11, following a demonstration of his research on the field of
teleportationat a school science fair, Reed was recruited for a government program which sponsors young geniuses' research. He continued his research at the government research facility located in Manhattan's Baxter Building. At the age of 21 his research was realized as he and several others attempted to teleport organic material through an alternate plane of existence called the N-Zone. The experiment went awry giving Reed and several others super powers. His powers enable him to stretch his body parts to incredible lengths and endow him with enhanced durability.Reed's powers have been increased in comparison to that of his Earth-616counterpart. He no longer needs to eat nor sleep, and has no internal organs or bones. He can stretch his eyes, specifically the lens so that he doesn't need his glasses or any other visual augmentation but can only sustain this for short periods. Sue's mother revealed that she knows that Reed's abilities allow him to stretch his brain in order to accommodate and solve almost any problem thus making him effectively a human computer. While Threshold calls him a 'warrior without equal' in "God War" this almost certainly refers to his success in discovering a way to defeat an undefeatable foe (Ultimate Ronan) as opposed to actual battlefield prowess. Sue lauds his expertise in physics.
usan Storm / The Invisible Woman
The eldest child of renowned scientist
Franklin Storm, Sue Storm inherited her father's genius at an early age. Since early childhood, she has been one of the prodigies studying and working at the Baxter Building, a midtown Manhattan government research lab. Following her father into physics, at age eight she built a sugar-power rocket and accidentally destroyed her father's car, after which she changed her focus to "inner space" biology. Romancing brilliant Baxter Building classmate Reed Richards, Sue became a formidable scientist in her own right, earning four doctorates in bio-chemical sciences.
Attending the Nevada desert testing of Reed's N-Zone dimensional teleporter, Sue was transported a mere three miles into the desert by the device's malfunction. She was discovered by former Baxter Building instructor Dr. Arthur Molekevic, who took her to his underground facilities below Manhattan, calmed her, and helped her gain control of her new abilities, while he sent a "monster" to the Baxter Building to retrieve three who had been transformed by the N-Zone experiment. In the company of those three, Susan fled Molekevic and used her invisible protective force field to take them back to the surface.
Making the study of herself and her three partners her new life's work, Sue spent months investigating their abilities and charting their powers while improving her own understanding of herself. She has deduced the nature of both Reed and Johnny's changes, though her own powers remain unexplained and she is unable to penetrate Ben's skin to determine any more detail than his internal fluid pressure. Sue continues to develop her control of her force fields, using them to create pressurized environments at the bottom of the sea, plugging her own throat to prevent swallowing poison gas, and creating "cushions" to catch falling people and objects. Damage to her force fields also causes her mental strain or, in extreme cases ("Ultimate Power" 5), to black out.
Susan has proven capable of standing her own, and after the team went public, she assumed the codename "Invisible Woman." Her force fields have been the Four's ace in the hole, saving their lives when Nihil dumped Reed and Ben into the near-vacuum of the N-Zone and single-handedly stopping the time-traveling Chrono-Bandits. She co-created the chrono-tunnel with Reed, and has conducted biological studies of the Kree alien Mahr Vehl and extra-dimensional life in the N-Zone.
Though her new found fame has brought her unsought attention from the likes of billionaire playboy Tony Stark and the Atlantian criminal Namor, she remains romantically attached to Reed despite her concerns about his over devotion to science. As it was shown on "Ultimate Secret" #2, she's also more sexually forward than her original counterpart.
Sue has the power to render herself and others invisible to the naked eye. She also has the power to generate nearly impenetrable invisible force fields. Sue can manipulate her force fields in a variety of ways, including levitating herself and others, firing destructive force-blasts, and causing objects to explode by projecting and expanding force fields inside them.
Benjamin Grimm / The Thing
Ben is Reed's best friend. When they were in school together, Ben would protect Reed from bullies and Reed would help Ben with his homework. Ben moved on to college and was invited to watch Reed's teleportation experiment. The experiment gave Ben an orange rocky hide which boosts his strength and makes him nigh-invulnerable to physical damage and physiologically stressful conditions (such as a toxic breathing environment), and he no longer feels differences in temperature. However, despite Ben's seeming happy-go-lucky disposition, the transformation has caused deep psychological trauma. In the "Diablo" arc, he is briefly transformed to blue.
Johnny Storm / The Human Torch
Susan Storm's younger brother is a short-tempered teen, who is enamored with good-looking girls and has a rock-star attitude. The obvious "cool factor" of his powers only serves to heighten these personality traits: Johnny's powers engulf him in flames that enable him to fly and shoot fiery projectiles. This power sometimes has detrimental effects on his body, as Johnny burns, or more accurately fuses, his own body-fat to provide his 'fuel', and every so often, he "hibernates" and sheds off the skin cells that protect him from his own flames, growing new ones. Regardless, he finds the idea of being a real superhero incredibly exciting and firmly intends to sign up with The Ultimates once he is old enough, rather than continue hanging around the Baxter Building with the nerds and geeks. He is indeed a high school dropout and a Spider-Man fan (he makes a guest appearance in the "Superstars" arc).
Up until the middle of the series' second year, the team did not use the above code names, nor were they referred to as "The Fantastic Four". The lack of code names was a frequent source of humor for then writer Warren Ellis, who frequently had Sue, Ben and especially Johnny give themselves outlandish names like "Invisible Ninja-Girl", "Asbestos Thing", and "Human Dashboard Lighter". However, in the "
Ultimate Spider-ManSuperstars" arc and the "Ultimate Spider-Man" game, Johnny was referred as Human Torch and in the game, the team was the "world-famous" Fantastic Four.
However, the events of the "N-Zone" arc required that the military fashion a public image for the four. The "Crossover" story arc began in medias res, with the four already a public team known as The Fantastic Four, each of them possessing codenames identical to their 616 counterparts. Their jumpsuits remain largely unchanged, save for the added '4' insignia.
*Rhona Burchill, Rhona was a genius from birth, displaying an incredible intellect but severe mental problems. While being extremely bright, she would always cause trouble at any school she went to. Rhona was tested as an applicant for the Baxter Building's young think-tank, but did not pass the test primarily due to her troubled psych profile. Reed Richards was welcomed in her place. Desiring to prove her worth, Rhona accelerated her brain's processing speed to 600% beyond the normal, and she also surgically attached her brother's brain matter to her own to increase her own brain's capacity. However, the experiment horribly deformed Rhona's appearance. (This deformity was absent in Ultimate X4.) She is the Ultimate Universe's Mad Thinker, as evidenced by her declaration that, "If it is mad to think the unthinkable, then I'm the maddest thinker there ever was." She has also constructed her own version of The Awesome Android which appeared when she later stole Cerebro in order to improve her own intellect, but was defeated by a coalition of X-Men and Fantastic Four members. She is presumed dead after her vehicle exploded while trying to flee the scene.
*Diablo, An evil alchemist who kidnaps the Fantastic Four's friends and family to lure the Four into the past so that he may use their elemental powers to make himself immortal.
*Victor Van Damme / Doctor Doom, Victor Van Damme was also a member of the youth research project that recruited Reed and Susan, and sees science as an art as opposed to Reed's view of it as a system. Van Damme is a descendant of Vlad Tepes, better known as Dracula, ruler of
Wallachiaduring the fifteenth century. As such, Van Damme is a member of European aristocracyand since his youth has also been a member of a secret society bent on achieving covert world domination. Van Damme saw the project as a means of achieving personal power. Notably, Van Damme in this continuity is no longer the 'Marvel-wide threat' that he is in the normal continuity (that role instead went to Magneto).
Van Damme worked with Richards on his device to teleport organic matter to the N-Zone. But on the day of the teleporter's full-scale test, Van Damme, arrogantly believing Reed's coordinates were incorrect, reprogrammed the coordinates of the device. Either way the experiment resulted in the accident that created the Fantastic Four. Van Damme was also affected by the experiment: Most of his body was transformed into metal, and his legs were in the shape of cloven hooves and his internal organs were converted into a toxic substance. Soon afterwards he returned to
Latveriaand led it from poverty to prosperity, changing his name to Doctor Doom. He proceeded to invest in the exploration of Atlantis, gleaning many spells and superior technology from it. He used one such spell to plant a world-threatening parasite in Johnny Storm, in order to force Reed Richards to ask Doom for help, at which point he used another spell to swap minds with Reed. His body was eventually possessed by the parasite. Doom reversed the mind-swap, and went through a portal to the Zombie universe, instead of allowing Reed to sacrifice himself to save the world.
*Frightful Four, Hailing from the
Marvel Zombiesuniverse, the undead version of the Fantastic Four transported themselves into the Ultimate universe by tricking Ultimate Reed Richards into opening a dimensional portal. The Zombie Earth had run out of people to eat, and the zombified Fantastic Four were desperate for more. However, they were captured upon their arrival by their Ultimate counterparts The Thing, Human Torch, and Invisible Woman. The zombies' only goal is to spread the infection of the "super-virus" they carry onto the heroes of the Ultimate universe, the only obstacle being their confinement within a reinforced holding cell in the Baxter Building. They eventually escaped, but were swiftly quarantined within the top forty levels of the building. They used a lab to reconfigure a portal to the Zombie universe in order to receive the assistance they needed to break through the shields around the Baxter Building. However, Ultimate Reed, in Doctor Doom's body, attacked them all. The zombie Human Torch was covered in Doom's concrete-like vomit, the Thing's arms were ripped off, ans the Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic were both defeated with one spell apiece. The Four were thrown through the portal back into the Zombie Universe.
*Gallowglass, The son of Thanos. A powerful warrior made from neutron-degenerate matter, a type of material found in the hearts of suns. This makes him incredibly strong and dense and, when he lowers his personal force field, it is 'spectacularly explosive'. He is seemingly killed by Susan Storm when she makes her force-field touch his, dissolving them both, causing Gallowglass to explode.
*Dr. Arthur Molekevic /
Mole Man, Dr. Molekevic was performing forbidden experiments when he was expelled from the Baxter Building. It is suggested those experiments involve the creation of artificial sentient life forms from plant tissue. Molekevic was revealed to be schizophrenic, hearing voices in his head that he refers to as "they". After he was expelled, Molekevic disappeared into an underground realm where he established himself as the ruler. The name "Mole Man" is a name the students at the think tank would tease him with, due to his skin problems. At the end of his first encounter with the Fantastic Four he fell into a deep pit and was not seen again until his appearance in Ultimate Fantastic Four Annual #2.
*Namor, Namor was a mutant member of the Atlantean empire, but was imprisoned for unknown reasons. Unlike his 616 counterpart, he is an outright villain rather than an anti-hero. In their first encounter, the Fantastic Four misinterpret the writing on his prison, mistaking it for a tomb, and that he is a prince, and not a criminal. They release him, and after a short battle in which he defeats Johnny, and Ben knocks him out, the Fantastic Four take him back to the Baxter Building. He has romantic designs for Sue like his 616 counterpart, but becomes violent when she rejects his advances. His powers include superstrength, flight, teleporting, summoning water
elementals and the ability to survive underwater. He is extremely arrogant, and is referred to by Reed Richards as "possibly the most powerful metahuman on Earth." His extreme intelligence allows him to become fluent in English in a matter of minutes merely by listening to S.H.I.E.L.D.agents and the Fantastic Four talking.
*Nihil, Nihil is the transliterated name of the magistrate of a small alien community from within the N-Zone. The N-Zone is a universe in a state of slow entropic heat death, and Nihil's community consists of aliens who have gathered their spacecraft close to a dying sun for warmth. Nihil's unidentified species is apparently long-lived and he is, as such, frustrated that his universe will die long before he will reach the limits of his life expectancy. He wants to flee the dying N-Zone and claim the young new universe that Reed and his friends hail from. He follows the Fantastic Four to Earth, but is killed while attempting to dislodge a plasma gun from his mouth. He is the Ultimate Universe's Annihilus.
Super-Skrull, The Skrull leader whose "anti-assassination suit" gives him the ability to mimic powers of anyone within a 1000 mile radius. His Skrull pills can give anyone superpowers, but they have a lethal side effect when activated. It is implied the Skrulls have conquered many worlds using the same Skrull pill. He is defeated by a non super-powered Ben Grimm when he is the only human left on Earth but as he does not have any super powers, the Super Skrull cannot mimic them. Out of his suit, he is seen as very fragile and begs Ben not to leave him as he will surely die in Earth's atmosphere without his suit.
Thanos, The ruler of the Acheron Empire. He seems to be very powerful and rules thousands of worlds with an iron fist. He desires the creation of a Cosmic Cubeso that he can erase the will of any who would oppose him. To this end, he has sought out Reed Richards, believing that Richards is capable of constructing the object.
"Ultimate Fantastic Four" is considered the source of many continuity problems within the Ultimate Marvel Universe. The team has been referenced in other titles, suggesting that the team's existence predates the Ultimates, the X-Men and Spider-Man.
Appearances of the "old" Fantastic Four
Brian Michael Bendishas stated that " Ultimate Marvel Team-Up" issue #9 was intentionally written to be non-canonical, as it features Spider-Man and a group of Skrulls going on a rampage through the Marvel Comics offices.
In "The Ultimates" it is made clear that the Fantastic Four were already in existence before the Ultimates roster was completed when Nick Fury remarks that their landlord is trying to evict them.
There are inconsistencies with the appearances of Doctor Doom and
Latveriain " Ultimate Marvel Team-Up". The current position by Marvel is that Latveria (which is mentioned often in the series) does exist, is a dictatorship, but has nothing to do with Doctor Doom. Latveria also places the highest bid on the Fantastic Four when they are captured by the Ultimate Mad Thinker.
The continuity issues in "Ultimate Marvel Team-Up" are due to the pictures of Doctor Doom on the walls of the Latverian Embassy in issue #14 and the appearance of a much older Fantastic Four in the Super Special. It has been theorized that the man is not Doctor Doom but someone in Wallachian armor as stated by Doom in issue #7. This older Fantastic Four is mentioned in "Ultimate Spider-Man" #33, along with the "Reed Richards Science Center," which is mentioned both later in that arc and in the "Ultimate Spider-Man" video game.
Launch of the new Fantastic Four
Unfortunately, a few lines from "UFF" #5 suggested that The Ultimates were already in existence before the team officially went public as "The Fantastic Four". Writer Mark Millar, who wrote the plot, claims that he did not intend this to happen and gently laid the blame on Brian Michael Bendis, who handled the dialogue chores.
Ultimate Fantastic Four (story arcs)"
*Arc 1: "The Fantastic" (#1-6) by
Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, and Adam KubertCovers the origin of the Ultimate Fantastic Four, including how they gained their powers, and their first battle with the psychotic Mole Man.
*Arc 2: "Doom" (#7-12) by
Warren Ellisand Stuart ImmonenThis arc introduces Ultimate Dr. Doom, who attempts to kill Reed along with the rest of the four using tiny insectoid robots manufactured from cell phone parts.
*Arc 3: "N-Zone" (#13-18) by Warren Ellis and Adam KubertWhile exploring the N-Zone via their spaceship "Awesome" (named by Johnny Storm), the Ultimate Fantastic Four encounter the bizarre and sadistic alien Nihil.
*Arc 4: "Think Tank" (#19-20) by
Mike Careyand Jae LeeReturning to the Baxter Building after their adventure in the N-Zone, the Fantastic Four are attacked and kidnapped by Rhona Burchill, also known as the Mad Thinker.
*Annual #1: "Inhuman" (Annual # 1) by Mark Millar and Jae LeeThe Four run into the rogue Inhuman Crystal, whom Johnny instantly claims he loves. They then attempt to break up Crystal's arranged marriage to
Black Bolt's brother. This was the first Ultimate appearance of the Inhumans.
*Arc 5: "Crossover" (#21-23) by Mark Millar and
Greg LandReed receives contact from an older version of himself from an alternate dimension. After crossing over, Reed discovers he's been duped and that the entire world is infested with cannibalistic, zombified versions of the regular Marvel heroes, looking for their next meal on another world.
*Arc 6: "Tomb of Prince Namor" (#24-26) by Mark Millar and Greg LandWhile joining an excavation of Atlantis with Mary Storm (the previously thought dead mother of Sue and Johnny,) the four unearth the tomb of an ancient Atlantean named Namor, who may not be exactly who he seems.
*Arc 7: "President Thor" (#27-29) by Mark Millar and Greg LandUsing time-travel, the Fantastic Four attempt to erase the accident which gave them their powers, but with
*Arc 8: "Frightful" (#30-32) by Mark Millar and Greg LandThe escape of the Frightful Four, Johhny has one week to live, and only Doctor Doom can help him.
*Annual #2: (Annual # 2) by Mike Carey, Stuart Immonen, and
Frazer IrvingThe four once again face Mole Man.
*Arc 9: "God War" (#33-38) by Mike Carey and
Pasqual FerryThe team faces powerful alien foes while trying to find a dangerous weapon.
*Arc 10: "Devils" (#39-41) by Mike Carey, Mark Brooks, and
Scott KolinsThe team faces the madman Diablo and his plans to permanently change mankind's past, present and future.
*Arc 11: "The Silver Surfer" (#42-46) by Mike Carey and Pasqual FerryReed Richards destroys the barriers of a thousand universes and right through the middle of them falls The Ultimate Silver Surfer.
*Arc 12: "Ghosts" (#47-49) by Mike Carey and Mark BrooksSusan is headed toward a conference in Siberia when her helicopter is shot down for reasons unknown. With her survival in doubt, Reed Richards must abandon his completion of the Cosmic Cube at its most crucial time to confront the Crimson Dynamo.
*Arc 13: "Four Cubed" (#50-53) by Mike Carey and Tyler KirkhamThe interplanetary war that the Fantastic Four have been involved in and around has dragged them back in once more as Thanos attempts to finally claim the Cosmic Cube from Reed at any cost.
*Arc 14: "Salem's Seven" (#54-57) by Mike Carey, Tyler Kirkham, and
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