The Fantastic Four are back (sort of) in a new #1 from writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico, Marte Gracia, Simone Bianchi, Marco Russo, Skottie Young, and Jeremy Treece.
But what are the circumstances of the Richards Family’s return from their extra-dimensional space, and what’s been going on there in the meantime? Read on to find out what Fantastic Four #1 reveals.
Spoilers ahead for Fantastic Four #1.
After a false alarm leads Johnny Storm to believe the Richards Family has returned, Ben Grimm urges him to come to grips with the fact that they are actually dead. Johnny resists, but Ben decides to move on.
Gathering a special stone he obtained on an FF adventure involving his longtime girlfriend Alicia Masters and fashions it into a ring. Going to her apartment, Ben asks her to marry him – which Alicia immediately accepts.
Ben calls Johnny to Alicia’s apartment, telling him of their engagement and asking Johnny to be his best man. Johnny angrily refuses, saying the only person who should be Ben’s best man is Reed Richards. Ben and Johnny argue, with Ben telling Johnny to accept the Richards family isn’t coming back.
Refusing to give up, Johnny calls out to Reed Richards, wherever he is, to give him a sign.
At that moment, in the ruins of their extra-dimensional space, Reed and Sue Richards hunch over a machine. Sue says she thinks his plan is impossible – to which Reed says “One question. Do you believe in me?”
”Always,” says Sue. “And that is why I can do the impossible,” says Reed, activating his machine.
Back in the Marvel Universe, Johnny seems just about ready to give up – when suddenly Ben notices the sign Johnny was asking for – a giant ethereal “4” forming in the sky, signaling that Johnny’s hope hasn’t been in vain.
Over in Latveria, a young woman breaks into castle Doomstadt, demanding to see Doctor Doom. She makes it past the many Doombots that guard the palace, finally confronting Doom himself. She tells him that Latveria needs its leader – it's been overrun with dictators and opportunists since Doom left.
First the villain rejects the woman’s pleas for help, showing her his grotesquely scarred face, once again damaged despite Reed Richards repairing it at the end of Secret Wars. But the girl doesn’t give up, she hands him his iconic mask, telling him Latveria needs its true champion.
Doom agrees, taking the mask. He ventures out into Latveria, quashing the civil war that is apparently raging, and vowing to fix the country with his own strength – summoning magical energy as he does.
The story continues (and the FF will be officially reunited) in September 12’s Fantastic Four #2.