Now, before anyone accuses me of doing the same, I’m just reporting somone else’s “Terrible Act” not intentionally compounding it. And besides the cat’s way out of the bag now!
An Associated Press article published around midnight eastern time Monday night/Tuesday morning — approximately nine hours before the comic was set to go on sale on the east coast — struck a blow against comic fans before they could reach their respective outlets.
PLUS, Marvel Comics has added insult to injury with this press release.
New York, NY – January 25, 2011 – “FLAME OFF!” In a move sure to shock comic fans worldwide, Marvel unveiled that its ever popular super hero the Human Torch will meet his demise and die heroically in Fantastic Four #587, hitting stores tomorrow (Wednesday, January 26th) Concluding the “Three” storyline that captivated the mainstream media and industry press alike, this issue and the death of such a renowned character from the First Family of comics signals the beginning of major changes for the Marvel Universe as the Fantastic Four lose one of their founding members.
“Jonathan Hickman [writer of Fantastic Four] came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1 – and quite frankly his vision blew us away,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment SVP of Publishing. “The death of the Human Torch is the first major move in this incredibly exciting evolution of the legendary Fantastic Four franchise and a necessary part of the larger story we will be telling featuring the beloved characters moving forward.”
I remember when they killed Superman..and Captain America. My daughter was really jazzed about the secrecy surrounding which FF member was going to die. I won’t spoil the fun for her. Comics are supposed to be exciting and filled with wonder, not just a part of a hype machine designed to draw in millions.
- Associated Press Spoils FANTASTIC FOUR #587 Hours Before Comic Goes on Sale (newsarama.com)
- Marvel Kills Off The Human Torch (oliverwillis.com)
- Fantastic Four No More (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com)