Writer Matt Fraction has announced that he will be leaving both Fantastic Four and FF in order to focus on him upcoming Inhumans series. Although he will still be credited as a plotter – as his storylines will still be used – he will be succeeded on Fantastic Four by Karl Kesel, making his return to Marvel comics after far too long. FF will see artist Mike Allred take up co-writing duties alongside his brother, Lee Allred, meaning FF is now almost entirely run by the Allreds.
First to Kesel – Kesel’s return to the Fantastic Four will pair him with artist Mark Bagley, as the series moves onwards with the current storyline. A much-loved writer for his runs on books like Superboy, Daredevil and Fantastic Four, he’s an unexpected but welcome choice to succeed Fraction on the book – and I’m especially looking forward to if he’ll continue onwards with his own stories once Fraction’s plot concludes.
And FF will see Lee and Mike Allred co-writing, Mike Allred pencilling, and Laura Allred colouring. It’s an Allred-fest, everybody! Heaven help us if we find out there’s a third Allred sibling out there who knows how to edit/letter comics.
Both FF and Fantastic Four will run until issue 16 with Fraction’s storyline, whilst Fraction himself finishes writing the books with this month’s issues.