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NYCC Thoughts on Hickman’s Fantastic Four

When I featured Jonathan Hickman on a Month of Writing Stars, I noted that he was likely to soon be too famous for such a feature, and unsurprisingly, a week or so later, it was announced that he is going to be following Mark Millar on the Fantastic Four!

This is great news, as the Fantastic Four is the exact type of series that plays to Hickman’s inventive nature.

Dale Eaglesham is a capable partner for him on the book.

I look forward to the run a good deal (and I await learning where Millar and Hitch will end up)!

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I’m so sad that Marvel scooped him up so quick.

I hope he becomes an Alan Moore style “Fuck the Man!” type of writer soon.

Kinda doubt he’ll be a “fuck the man” type unless he gets huge. IIRC some of the delays on Pax Romana were attributed to him having a kid, which seems like an awfully good reason to start cozying up to the man. I just hope his marvel books are good and that he can still do some creator owned stuff now and then.

I was excited to hear about Dark Reign: FF and even more so about the main FF title.

I’m sure it’ll be excellent. I’ll probably even start getting it.

I just don’t think it’s a good use of his talents.

I need to get some trades of his stuff. I hear good things about Pax Romana.

I’m a little sad actually, as I really enjoyed his creator owned stuff. Hopefully, he’ll be able to carve out a little time to do both types of work rather than go Marvel exclusive. I’ll continue to read his take on Nick Fury, but will most likely skip his FF. I’ve not read a run of the FF that’s worked for me since Walt Simonson’s when I was a much younger man.

Oh look, a new writer comes on a series and announced they’ll be going “back to basics.”

And then when this guy leaves, no matter how good the run is (I confess to not having read anything by him as of yet, but have heard good things), the next new writer will take the book “back to basics,” with an utterly different concept of what said basics are.

I like the way he describes the team, and I’m going to pick this up, I think, but I’m getting really tired of the term “back to basics”.

Can’t a writer just say “this is my take on the team,” and be done with it?

Looks like I’ll be buying the Fantastic Four ongoing for the first time in my life.

That’s a creative team I can’t pass up.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

February 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Oh look, a new writer comes on a series and announced they’ll be going “back to basics.”

He doesn’t actually say that anywhere – if anything, he seems to be promising a lot of change on the book.

And if you had read any Hickman, you’d know there’s a good chance it won’t be like anything they’ve had done to them for a while.

Damn. I’m so torn. I’ve heard good things about Hickman and I love Eaglesham’s pencils, but I can’t really afford that many new books right now and I’ve already got a new Wolverine ongoing, Parker’s Exiles, and who knows how much during the Batman relaunch that I’ll want to get.

Funky:

“(Hickman) doesn’t actually say (“going back to basics”) anywhere…”

Not in those exact words, BUT:

“… what you ought to expect out of me when it comes to ‘Fantastic Four’ stories is *the old stuff with a new twist on it*,” Hickman continued. “Not a reimagining, because that’s a terrible word for this, but kind of a distilling of everything down to it’s essence and then a spinning of it off into a new direction.”

So Hickman phrased it more eloquently. Big deal. The “Back to Basics” approach *is* taking the history of the series into what you think the essence of the series is, and then running with it in a (hopefully) new direction.

At the same time, I really don’t know what Morts expected Hickman to say, and I don’t really get the gripe from him about it, either.

I guess I’ll have to nag Hickman about this when he does a signing at my LCS next month, make him sell me on the book.

Hickman’s exactly the kind of author they should have handed the rebooted Ultimates line to and said “go wild.” His info-tainment style is definitely 5 or 10 years ahead of its time. I fear on non-Ultimate FF he will be too constrained by the 616 trappings, but here’s hoping it turns out well.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

February 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm

So Hickman phrased it more eloquently. Big deal. The “Back to Basics” approach *is* taking the history of the series into what you think the essence of the series is, and then running with it in a (hopefully) new direction.

I took it more as he wants to strip away the stuff he doesn’t like, and then move on from there.
Hopefully he avoids the trap others, such as Waid and Ringo, fell into of doing a great opening arc full of potential for something new, and then falling back to Doom then Galactus etc.

And I think Morts is just annoyed that EVERY person EVER promises to get back to basics on FF.
Sod the basics, just tell some stories!

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“I hope he becomes an Alan Moore style “Fuck the Man!” type of writer soon.”

alan moore basically is the man–ever notice how many books of his are sold at your local comics shop? his bullshit attitude is nothing but posturing aimed at his ridiculous fans. dude couldn’t write his way out of an airsickness bag.

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