Today in comics, one-quarter of the Fantastic Four will die!

Unless you've somehow discovered how to read the internet via smoke signals or two cans and twine, you probably know that someone kicks it in the Fantastic Four today. Yes, the rumors are true. Doomsday and Bane murder the whole team.

Well, not exactly, but someone important does die in Fantastic Four #587 (Marvel). Who has writer Jonathan Hickman marked for death? Given that you're on the world wide web (and Marvel hasn't been particularly surreptitious with their press releases), chances are you know who it is already. So screw it, I'm just going to spoil it right now. She-Thing, Willie Lumpkin, Lockjaw, and H.E.R.B.I.E. all fall to their doom when Reed Richards forgets to gas up the Fantasticar. They plummet to their collective demise and accidentally maim (but not kill) Fin Fang Foom and the Super Apes. This heart-rending issue is out on a Tuesday, a rare occasion.


A notable tentpole release this week is IDW's Infestation, a multi-title undead epic in which pandimensional zombies invade IDW's numerous licensed titles — in this case, G.I. Joe, Transformers, Star Trek, and Ghostbusters. The characters from these books won't cross over, but they'll all confront the same shambling threat in their respective miniseries.

Over in the X-Camp, Mike Carey pens Age Of X: Alpha (Marvel), which examines the lives of those mutants who've graduated from Xavier's Academy; Howard Chaykin also pens a one-shot about Magneto (Marvel). Fables #101 (DC/Vertigo) is an introductory round-up for anyone unfamiliar with the the comic's fairy tale trappings, and Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command (Dark Horse) picks up the erstwhile Ani's adventures after Revenge of the Sith.

As for collected comics, there's a new printing of Peter David's Hulk: The End (Marvel) — this graphic novel presents a horrifying scenario in which Bruce Banner is the last man on Earth, but the Hulk won't let him die. For more big green heroics, Book 4 of Alan Moore's Saga of the Swamp (DC/Vertigo) gets a reprint, and the former Top 10 illustrating team of Kevin and Xander Cannon draw Evolution: The Story Of Life (Hill and Wang). For all things Avengers related, the first hardcover edition of Brian Michael Bendis' Avengers is on the stands (as are new issues of that title and Ed Brubaker's Secret Avengers). The third Walking Dead omnibus (Image) is also out for you Kirkman completists.


As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Happy reading, gang!

Note: The image at the top of this article is from Fantastic Four #588, which is out next month. Also, left-field quote of the day: Rob Liefeld is (by his own approximation) the LeBron James of comic books.


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