December 26's Fantastic Four #5 is expanding - in price, page count, and as an event. Marvel Comics has announced the issue's price has been raised two dollars to $7.99, and with it series writer Dan Slott is writing 60 pages of the now-72 page book. He was previously in line to do 40 pages of the originally 64-page special.
The publisher is also encouraging retailers to have Fantastic Four #5 "launch parties" on the release date - which is the day after Christmas, December 26. Marvel is offering limited edition variant covers (including one by Mike McKone) and free promotional items in conjunction with this promotion.
This year's Marvel titles coming out Christmas week will be relatively slow compared to previous years - Marvel intends to only release four titles on 12/26 (FF #5, Superior Spider-Man #1, Uncanny X-Men #7, and X-Force #1).
Here is the updated Fantastic Four #5 solicitation:
FANTASTIC FOUR #5
DAN SLOTT (W) • AARON KUDER, ADAM HUGHES & MICHAEL ALLRED (A)
Cover by ESAD RIBIC
Variant Cover by ALEX ROSS
Susan Storm Variant Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Variant Cover By Mark Brooks
Alicia Remastered Variant Cover By Jack Kirby Thing Remastered Variant Cover by Jack Kirby Variant Cover By Elizabeth Torque
Variant Cover By Ashley Witter
CONAN VS MARVEL HEROES VARIANT BY TBA
PARTY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY ESAD RIBIC
SPECIAL 650th ISSUE SPECTACULAR!
The wedding that’s been years in the making…Ben and Alicia say “I do!”
No bait. No switch. Not a dream. Not a hoax. And we swear, not a single Skrull around. This is really happening! From the book that brought you the first, best and longest running super hero marriage in comics, we give you…the wedding of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters! Featuring an untold tale of the courtship of Ben and Alicia. A bachelor party that only Johnny Storm could throw. And a very special ceremony brought to you in the Mighty Marvel Manner.
72 PGS./Rated T …$7.99