Mark Waid is returning to the Fantastic Four, and he’s bringing a living legend with him. Marvel Comics has announced that Waid, who wrote a celebrated run on the FF’s ongoing series in the early ’00s, is joined by Neal Adams for a new Fantastic Four series. Fantastic Four: Antithesis will introduce what the publisher describes as “a new nemesis” for the team — one that will take the FF joining with the Silver Surfer and Galactus to defeat. Inker Mark Farmer, colorist Laura Martin, and an as-yet-unnamed letterer round out the creative team for the series.
Fantastic Four: Antithesis marks the first time drawing Marvel’s First Family for Adams, whose best-known Marvel work is on the X-Men and Avengers titles. In a statement, Adams shared his excitement for finally getting to draw the team, and a bit about how the project came about:
“I have always had the sense of missing the chance to draw the Fantastic Four. It was a quiet sense, since I’ve had every opportunity to do my favorites. More, I felt Kirby and Buscema had done it all, hadn’t they…?” he begins. “When Marvel’s Tom Brevoort asked if I’d like to do the Fantastic Four, I knew I had to ask for Galactus and the Silver Surfer as well. I am humbled and thankful to Tom for the opportunity.”
Likewise, Waid described working with Adams on the Fantastic Four, and teased the scale of the forthcoming series:
“Working with Neal Adams has been a dream of mine since I was a kid. To share the page with a man of his talent is an honor,” Waid says. “The story begins with the Fantastic Four struggling to prevent an extinction event on Earth and just goes more cosmic from there. We all know of Galactus, but until now, no one has met his Antithesis.”
Waid’s original tenure on Fantastic Four, primarily illustrated by artist Mike Wieringo, ran for 36 issues from 2002 until 2005. More recently Waid has written Galactus and a member of the FF family, Franklin Richards, in the pages of The History of the Marvel Universe. The antithesis of something is its polar opposite, and for Galactus, a being who destroys worlds, it seems like the antithesis of that would be a good thing. In fact, Franklin Richards is sort of already the opposite of Galactus, with his ability to create worlds – and entire universes. Could Franklin be at the center of this series?
We’ll find out when Fantastic Four: Antithesis #1 hits store shelves in August.