Newsarama that Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch are taking the reins on the Fantastic Four comic, and it appears they are renumbering, To me this means that the book will not be coming out on a regular basis, and I am expecting what they have done to be timely but after that to see two or three issues a year.
Sorry, but I have trust issues with Millar and Hitch after The Ultimates.
Here is the first part of the article:
"It may be the one of the most anticipated new projects from a creative grouping since the Police reunited for their new concert tour, or Ben & Jerry created Chocolate Chop Cookie Dough...
The comic book superstar pairing of writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch lives again, this time on Marvel's Fantastic Four..
No, not Ultimate Fantastic Four ... Not a large-scale FF limited series ... The monthly Marvel Universe Fantastic Four.
The duo take over the reins of the series in early 2008 with plans to return the series to the top of the Diamond sales charts, and by the sounds of things, they don't plan on leaving for a while...
And oh yeah, and they plan on it being monthly!
We spoke with Hitch and Millar this week about why's and what’s of their latest partnership… "
Hitch's comment about the art is this:
"I'm drawing it quicker. I've been working on it for about five months and am four issues and nine covers in. Mark is writing issue # 10 now so he's galloping nicely. It's actually getting quicker the more into it I get but it's important to note that Ultimates is the only thing I've done that went the way it did. Authority was three weeks an issue and that's what I expected to do on Ultimates; it came as a huge surprise to me that I couldn't do it. Then again there's about three times as much on the page in Ultimates.
Truth to tell, many of the problems with that book weren't with the physical side of drawing it, more the state I got myself into worrying about it. It's different on FF. I don't feel any pressure at all, in fact it's the most liberating work I've done in years.
For better or worse, Ultimates became a magnum opus of sorts and you can't follow it with another one. I can relax. So I'm just setting out to hit the schedule and get some big, bold fun comics out and remind myself that it doesn't have to be hand-wringing, sweating, cursing, worry and poverty to make a good comic. It can actually be good fun, very rewarding and, in the great scheme of world problems, a walk in the park. I'm doing what I love doing: telling stories. It's my goal to win back the reputation I had before I did Ultimates and have a good long, unbroken run at the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine". So far so good. Much, I think, to everyone's surprise. "
Here is my point: I think McDuffie and Pelletier are doing a good job on FF right now. I am disappointed to hear that they are going off to make room for Millar and Hitch. I can't quibble with Millar and Hitch's talents, but I don't like the excessive amount of time that was taken to complete Ultimates. To me it was taking liberties with the fans and with our dollars.
Do I plan on picking up FF? Not right now. Am I skeptical? Hell yes.