Blah Blah Blog – World’s Greatest

A post from my old-time Marvel blog, this one pimping for the first issue of the Mark Millar/Bryan Hitch run on FANTASTIC FOUR.

World’s Greatest

April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

On sale today:

FANTASTIC FOUR #554

Mark Millar. Bryan Hitch.

The comic is so good, we don’t even need to relaunch it with a new #1.

You know you want it. You know you’ll love it. Despite yourself in some cases.

So you can wait for the trade. You can wait for us to get two, three, four or more issues out on time each month hereafter before giving in.

Or you can just do what you know you’re going to do eventually, and hit your local comic shop on the way home and buy a copy.

And since you’re going to the store anyway, you may as well pick up FANTASTIC FOUR: THE LOST ADVENTURE by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby as well.

Because you’re never going to get another new Lee/Kirby comic ever again.

Some people wonder why I like Mark Millar so much. Here’s one reason, from an e-mail he sent my way the other day:

>PS Am just about to deliver the FF special tomorrow and immediately jumping into complete rewrites on the last couple of issues you got.
Sue’s funeral scene is intact (and Bryan has only drawn until there) but the third act is just too chatty and I’m scrapping the whole thing.
Crazy from a cash POV, but I know it can be better and I’m going to write the new 9th, 10th and 11th issue as Bry draws that special. We’re still in good shape, but I want to plunge right into the most exciting stuff. We can’t take our foot off the gas now.>

Guy works at what he does.

We’ve been working on this book for over a year. Now the show begins.

More later.

Tom B

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2 thoughts on “Blah Blah Blog – World’s Greatest

  1. I’ve always wondered something about this run. I didn’t care for it and dropped it a few issues in. I do remember some posts that claimed the run was a critical and sales miss especially compared to the Ultimates and that it had been truncated. I’ve always assumed that was just haters hating (since comics sales are for some mysterious reason top secret) but since you were the top dog, I was hoping you could confirm that.

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    1. It wasn’t as well-received as Ultimates, certainly, but it still performed decently. And it wasn’t truncated so much as Mark had medical issues right at the end and Joe Ahrearn needed to step in and help him to finish off the last issue or two. And Bryan Hitch needed to get started on Captain America Reborn, and so he wound up coming off of the last one as well in favor of Stuart Immonen. But those were intended to be their final issues in any event.

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