The cover art created by Alex Ross for Marvel’s Fantastic Four relaunch gives Marvel’s first family new costumes for their upcoming series.
Revealed in Marvel Comics Requests in November 2022, Ross’s cover art features the Fantastic Four in new costumes. A variant cover shows a stern-looking Richards standing with his arms crossed in the new outfit. The costume features the iconic Fantastic Four logo and a suit that appears to be made of polyester-like fabric that is more reflective than previous incarnations. Richards’ suit also features a large, black neckline and some sort of crease through the logo and around his shoulders.
What is the new Fantastic Four relaunch about?
Marvel’s new Fantastic Four relaunch comes from writer Ryan North and artist Iban Coelho. The synopsis of the first issue of the series read, “What happened to the Fantastic Four?” It’s the start of a new era for the Fantastic Four… and they’re already in a ton of trouble.
Something has gone terribly wrong in New York, and Thing and Alicia travel across America to escape it! But when they stay in a small town for the night and wake up in the morning before they arrive, they find themselves trapped in a time loop that has been going on since before they were born… it was before they were born. It’s going on since… It’s going on before it’s born…”
North previously explained that the new series will take a step back and see Marvel’s first family star in several “short” stories. “I had the advantage that Dan Slott’s run became huge,” he said. In the most recent arc, “The Reckoning War,” he not only saved the universe, but also the multiverse. That made the choice clear: I’m never going to be as big as Dan did, so let’s be younger. Tell stories about the Fantastic Four. That was my way.”
He continued, “I want to do these short, self-contained stories in the vein of ’60s Star Trek, where they go to a planet, find a strange thing, fix a strange thing, and so forth. grow,” he said. “Having these four weirdos roll into town where there’s a mystery or problem or some sci-fi thing, solve the problem, and then strike me as a really interesting way to position the Fantastic Four and those Tell stories that will feel fresh and not like a retread of what we’ve seen before.”
Fantastic Four #1 has cover art by Ross and J. Additional variant covers are included by Scott Campbell, Arthur Adams, Frank Miller, Phil Noto, Coelho, Jack Kirby and Todd Knocks. The issue will release on November 9 from Marvel.