As leaked around New York Comic Con this year, James Robinson is the new writer on Fantastic Four starting in February 2014, joined by artist Leonard Kirk. The two will relaunch the series with a new first issue (All-New Marvel Now branded) and a whole lot of turmoil.
Announced on USAToday.com, Robinson said his run is about "a family finding the strength to face adversity through the help and love of each other." The team will have plenty of adversity, as they're kicked out of the Baxter Building, more power problems, a murder mystery and more.
Robinson plans to respect what's come before, but while Matt Fraction has sent the first family of Marvel Comics through all of time and space, he'll have them back in Manhattan, and dealing more directly with other members of the Marvel Universe.
"The arc I'm going to be telling is basically the fall and the rise of the Fantastic Four, and especially the fall and rise of Johnny Storm," Robinson said. His focus on Johnny Storm is so he can take on the topic of celebrity.
"That whole world of superstardom and falling prey to the temptations and the travails of it will be an aspect of it based upon things that happen to Johnny as the Human Torch. Both things tie in with each other and are a part of the nefarious bigger picture."
That doesn't mean the others won't get their own spotlight. Ben Grimm will have a rekindled romance with Alicia Masters, and Sue and Reed have emerged as Robinson's "favorites" to write. Franklin and Valeria, the kids of the couple will stay in the book, and while FF is not being relaunched, some of that cast will join Fantastic Four, including some of the students, Ant-Man, and Darla Deering.
As for villains, Robinson is going classic, with Doctor Doom and the Frightful Four both getting early stories.