The FANTASTIC FOUR are Back (and Older) in New FF #1 Variant

Fantastic Four #1
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Artist Esad Ribic drew the Richards Family's departure from the Marvel Universe in Secret Wars #9 - and now he's illustrated a variant cover for their return in August's Fantastic Four #1 from writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli.

Ribic's cover shows the classic FF line-up of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing reunited for the first time since Secret Wars left the Richards family and Future Foundation in an extra-dimensional space (and believed dead by the Marvel Universe).

But notice how much grayer (and beard-ier) Reed Richards looks.

This may connect to the older-looking Franklin and Valeria Richards, who appeared alongside the Fantastic Four in previously-shown art for the series.

Along with the variant cover, Marvel released a video going through the major moments in the team's comic book history:

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