Death Comes For The Fantastic Four

One of the group's founding members dies in the latest issue of Marvel's flagship superhero title.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Death Comes For The Fantastic Four

After months of buildup, one of the members of the Fantastic Four is dead.

And as is often the custom in recent comic book deaths, Marvel leaked the word early this morning to the mass media, which proceeded to run with the story.

If you don’t want to know who died, consider this your SPOILER WARNING!



At the end of Fantastic Four #587, Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch meets his end while heroically facing a horde of creatures attempting to invade Earth through the negative zone portal. His friend and teammate, Ben Grimm aka The Thing had attempted to sacrifice himself before Johnny pushed him through the portal to ensure his safety.

Fantastic Four #588 will be the final issue of the series, but current writer Jonathan Hickman will remain on board for FF, a new Fantastic Four-related title debuting later this year which is expected to retain most of the cast from the previous series.

The Fantastic Four were the first Marvel Superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby back in 1961 and their importance to Marvel’s history can not be overstated. Without the early success of the Fantastic Four, books like Spider-Man and The X-Men may never have followed. Even within the Marvel Universe itself, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing and Human Torch are considered to be the first family of superheroes.

But in the series’ long history, Human Torch wasn’t the only one to have been killed off. In fact, until now he was the only member who hadn’t been killed off in a highly publicized story! Back in the ’90s, Mr. Fantastic was written out of the book and believed to be dead in a struggle with Doctor Doom and the early 2000s, The Thing was briefly killed and later resurrected after the FF stormed heaven to get him back. More recently, the death of the Invisible Woman was teased in Mark Millar’s Fantastic Four run, but it was only her alternate future self who died in that storyline.

The closest comparison to today’s news is the relatively surprising death of Captain America that captured the media’s imagination back in 2007.

Of course, Captain America is alive and well in today’s comics. And I’ll wager that Human Torch will be back before the next Fantastic Four movie hits the big screen.