Peter Parker deals with the Spider-Verse, Secret Wars and life as a billionaire!

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

One of Spider-Man’s greatest foes, Carnage, became “inverted” in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #4 due to the Red Skull’s machinations, as well as Captain America and other heroes. In AXIS #5, Spidey escaped his friends’ evil actions, but Apocalypse showed up to make things worse. The webslinger helped gather former villains to save the day in AXIS #6, and he joined with Deadpool to stop Apocalypse’s “gene bomb” in AXIS #7. The heroic Carnage actually stopped the bomb in AXIS #8, while Spidey fought the X-Men until everything could be put back the way it should be in AXIS #9.

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #7

Avengers & X-Men: Axis (2014) #7

  • Published: December 10, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 03, 2015
  • Writer: Rick Remender
  • Cover Artist: Jim Cheung
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Alternate universe Spider-heroes sought out Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 to beg his help in stopping Morlun and the Inheritors from killing them all. Our hero went to the Great Web to hand-pick a team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10, which included Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man, who quickly wanted to take over the group. The wallcrawler challenged Otto in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #11, and after making a pact with Spider-Gwen, went toe-to-toe with Morlun in battle.

Multiple versions of Spider-Man clashed with the villains to gather the Spider-Totems in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12, but the tide turned with the inclusion of an Uncle Ben Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, and Otto’s key to victory over the Inheritors in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14. Later, Otto picked a fight with everyone in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15, but Peter Parker set him right.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #13

  • Published: January 21, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 20, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Olivier Coipel
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Spidey assisted the Fantastic Four versus the Quiet Man in FANTASTIC FOUR #643, a twisted version of the Avengers in FANTASTIC FOUR #644, and the Psycho-Man in FANTASTIC FOUR #645. Peter’s Parker Industries vied with Alchemax to bid on building a super-prison in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, Spidey fought the Ghost in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, and lost his building in the battle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18.

After a scrap with Tombstone in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1, the webslinger joined with the Wraith to investigate a mystery that led into a gang war in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17.1, the return of the Black Cat in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18.1, a clash with the Circus of Crime in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19.1, and big, violent misunderstanding with the Wraith in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.1.

Secret Wars (2015) #1

Secret Wars (2015) #1

  • Published: May 06, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 02, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
What is Marvel Unlimited?

As Spidey’s universe prepared for an incursion by another universe in SECRET WARS #1, he boarded Reed Richards’ “life raft” with other heroes to escape the cataclysm. Seemingly years later, the raft opened up on a planet called “Battleworld” in SECRET WARS #2 and our hero learned its ‘god” was none other than Doctor Doom. Spider battled another group stranded there, the Cabal, in SECRET WARS #4, until Dr. Strange scattered him and his teammates to the far corners of the planet when Doom took notice.

Peter, along with fellow Spider-Man Miles Morales, sought the planet’s power source in SECRET WARS #6, but found the all-powerful Molecule Man instead. The final war with Doom’s forces kicked off in SECRET WARS #8, and after his defeat by Reed Richards in SECRET WARS #9, Peter welcomed Miles to his rebuilt universe as the second official Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

  • Published: October 07, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 04, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Now a billionaire from “webware” he created, Peter Parker swung into battle as Spidey with his new Spider-Mobile in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 against the Zodiac, who then returned in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 to challenge our hero again with a scheme to steal his tech from him.

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Peter returns to end Otto Octavius' 'Superior' reign and face Original Sin.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger is now back on the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

After Blackout kidnapped Aunt May in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 and Otto Octavius—in Peter Parker’s body—tortured him for it, Spider-Man swung his attention to the Goblin War heating up between Hobgoblin and the Goblin King in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26. Meanwhile, Peter’s spirit grew stronger again in Otto’s head, while Otto recalled past team-ups with the Green Goblin and Parker himself in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #11 and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #12.

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #12

Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #12

  • Published: April 23, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 27, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Kevin Shinick
  • Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Goblin King made it clear to Spider-Man in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27 that he knew Octavius held the reins and not Peter. To hammer home his intentions, the villain shelled Otto’s island headquarters in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #28, while he targeted members of Peter’s friends and family, including Otto’s girlfriend, Anna. Mayor Jameson converted his Spider-Slayers into Goblin Slayers in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #29 and the Spider-Man of 2099 stepped in to save Otto from a particularly nasty Goblin King assault.

Peter’s spirit began to actively help Otto during the crisis in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #30, and when Octavius realized he couldn’t save the day and Anna’s life he allowed Peter to take control of his body once again and suit up as the one and only Spider-Man. The wallcrawler rushed into the fray in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31 and took on the Goblin Knight, Menace, and finally the King himself, who he discovered to be Norman Osborn with plastic surgery.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #1

  • Published: April 30, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 27, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Back in the saddle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, Peter dealt with the fallout from Otto’s takeover, the state of Parker Industries, and the fact that Anna knew his secret identity. Still unsure of his actions, the Avengers confronted him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2, Electro made a shocking return, and Peter promised to build a new super-villain prison for the city. Later, Parker Industries began to design Electro-tracking tech in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3, Mayor Jameson resigned, and a spurned Black cat took Electro as her new partner in seeking revenge on Spidey.

The webslinger answered an Avengers emergency call in ORIGINAL SIN #1 to find Mindless Ones roaming the city streets and fighting the Thing. Spidey helped the heroes battle Exterminatrix and a low-grade villain called the Orb in ORIGINAL SIN #2, but when the eyeball enemy pulled out the Watcher’s eye and exploded it like a bomb in ORIGINAL SIN #3, he knew it would change his life forever. In fact, due to the bomb, the wallcrawler discovered another person bitten by the same spider that bit him as a teenager and rushed to find her in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4.

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #4

  • Published: July 23, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 19, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Calling herself Silk and sporting even greater spider powers than Spidey, she helped the hero fight off the Black Cat and Electro in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5, then found herself in a rematch with the dangerous duo in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6. Spider-Man rejoined the Avengers in ORIGINAL SIN #6 to invade Nick Fury’s secret orbiting satellite and ended up knocked out and floating in space in ORIGINAL SIN #7.

Back on Earth, he teamed with the new Ms. Marvel to clash with Dr. Minerva in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8, and later helped Wyatt Wingfoot and She-Hulk in FANTASTIC FOUR #11 and his old buddy Johnny Storm in FANTASTIC FOUR #12.

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The first Marvel family stand together one last time in these preview pages by various artists!

This April, four will stand together…one last time!

Marvel proudly presents FANTASTIC FOUR #645, the oversized, senses shattering final issue! James Robinson and Leonard Kirk are joined by a murderers row of fantastic talent to give the First Family the grandest sendoff of them all!

Will the Fantastic Four defeat the Quiet Man and the corrupted forces of the Heroes Reborn universe? Will Johnny Storm get his powers back? Will Reed and Sue be a family again or will it all be torn asunder? Questions will be answered in this main feature story!

Then, special guests bring you four brand new stories featuring Marvel’s quintessential quartet! With heartfelt tales from Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson, Tom DeFalco and Jeff Parker and art by David Marquez, Joe Bennett, Tom Grummet and Pascal Campion – you can’t afford to miss this one!

Plus, iconic creators from across the Fantastic Four’s history share their all-time favorite covers! Hear from Stan Lee, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Mark Millar, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont, John Romita Sr., Walt Simonson and more!

This is the end of the Fantastic Four – 4ever! Be there when the most controversial Fantastic Four story concludes in the extra-sized FANTASTIC FOUR #645!

Pre-Order Fantastic Four Volume 4: The End is Fourever on Amazon

FANTASTIC FOUR #645 (FEB150796)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON, KARL KESEL, LOUISE SIMONSON,
TOM DEFALCO & JEFF PARKER
Art by LEONARD KIRK, JOE BENNETT, DAVID MARQUEZ, TOM GRUMMET & PASCAL CAMPION
Cover by LEONARD KIRK
Connecting Variant by MICHAEL GOLDEN (FEB150797)
Spotlight Variant by MICHAEL KOMARK (FEB150798)
Avengers Variant by PASQUAL FERRY (FEB150799)
Pre-Order on Amazon
On-Sale – 04/29/15

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The end of Marvel's first family approaches in these preview pages by Leonard Kirk!

This January, the countdown begins…and the end of Marvel’s first family is upon us in FANTASTIC FOUR #642 – the first chapter in The End is FOURever!

Writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk’s epic endgame begins as the Invaders crash headlong into the Fantastic Four and the hunt for Reed Richards and the missing Future Foundation kids takes a dangerous turn! Meanwhile, the mastermind behind the systematic dismantling of the Fantastic Four reveals his ultimate plan. But how does Franklin Richards and his unchecked powers factor in? And why are Jim Hammond, Namor, All-New Captain America and Doc Green hunting the remaining members of the Fantastic Four?

Nothing lasts forever. Don’t miss the beginning of the end this January in FANTASTIC FOUR #642!

FANTASTIC FOUR #642 (NOV140807)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art & Cover by LEONARD KIRK
Connecting Cover Variant by MICHAEL GOLDEN (NOV140808)
Character Variant by JIM CHEUNG (NOV140809)
FOC – 12/15/14, On Sale – 1/14/15

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Preview the fall of Marvel's First Family in Fantastic Four #6 with art by Leonard Kirk and Dean Haspiel!

This week, the fall of the First Family continues in the explosive FANTASTIC FOUR #6, a tie-in to ORIGINAL SIN from Eisner-award winning writer James Robinson, artist Leonard Kirk and the peerless Dean Haspiel! They’ve been a family ever since that fateful day they ventured into the cosmic unknown, the day the Fantastic Four were born.

Bonded together as family, Johnny Storm became the hot-headed Human Torch while Ben Grimm became the hideous monster known only as The Thing. Try as he may, super-scientist Reed Richards was never able to reverse the process and return Ben to his normal form. It is a failure that has haunted him to this very day. But what does Johnny have to do with Ben’s irreparable condition? And why has he lied about it all this time?

Now, thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, Ben Grimm is about to learn that his closest ally has condemned him to a life sentence as a monster. And he won’t be happy about it! Bruised, beaten and broken both emotionally and physically, is this the end for the Fantastic Four? The dismantling of the first family continues as Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben crash headlong into Original Sin this week in FANTASTIC FOUR #6!

FANTASTIC FOUR #6 (APR140634)

Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by LEONARD KIRK & DEAN HASPIEL
Cover by LEONARD KIRK
FOC – 06/02/14, On-Sale – 06/25/14

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James Robinson discusses the revelation that might turn the Thing against his friends and family!

Even a family the likes of the Fantastic Four may be shattered by a single secret.

Original Sin seeps into Marvel’s First Family in FANTASIC FOUR #6-7 this summer and writer James Robinson has thought through every angle of its impact on the team and what it may mean for their future.

Marvel.com: James, what will we see in these two Original Sin issues of FANTASTIC FOUR?

James Robinson: Something that happened in the past, but resonates in the present. Ben Grimm’s going to undergo a fairly intense betrayal, mostly because he was lied to, because he didn’t revert back from the Thing. And his life will begin to unravel as Johnny’s life has begun to unravel, and Reed and Sue’s will very soon begin to unravel.

Original Sin teaser by Leonard Kirk

Original Sin teaser by Leonard Kirk

Marvel.com: What’s the current standing of Ben and Johnny’s friendship as you see it?

James Robinson: Well, it’s always been good and strong, and they’ve always been sort of like big brother and little brother, with little brother delighting in the teasing and playing pranks on the big brother. In the past, with other writers, it seemed very mean, but it’s always good-natured, and he always loves Ben and wants Ben to be happy in the end. But this is one time when it went too wrong and we’ll see the repercussions of that now.

Marvel.com: What about Reed and Ben? Where are they at when the story begins?

James Robinson: Well, it’s early enough in my run on FANTASTIC FOUR that the relationships are the way they’re meant to be. Ben is the heart of the Fantastic Four, he’s Reed’s best friend, and they’ve been best friends since college. And that is all good. The little bit of involvement that Reed has in Original Sin, and then Reed’s involvement in the major travails of Ben at the same time will all lead to an estrangement, which we’re looking towards.

Fantastic Four #3 preview art by Leonard Kirk

Fantastic Four #3 preview art by Leonard Kirk

Marvel.com: It’s probably never a good time for secrets to be revealed, but is this an especially bad time for the team?

James Robinson: Yes, and especially with the stuff that’s happening to Ben, concurrent with what’s happening in Original Sin? These revelations couldn’t happen at a worse time.

Marvel.com: Ben’s played the game of switching back and forth for years now; how does he have it fixed in his mind these days?

James Robinson: Well, he’s found peace with being the Thing on and off for quite some time, and he’s had some resolution with that in different runs, but as we see him now, I really wanted to get him back to that “point zero” place, where he’s back with Alicia Masters and everything’s the way it really should be. He has some degree of—“contentment” is probably too strong of a word here, but he is resigned to and accepting of being the Thing.

But obviously that’s in a perfect world, and his world’s about to get far from perfect.

Fantastic Four #3 preview art by Leonard Kirk

Fantastic Four #3 preview art by Leonard Kirk

Marvel.com: What about Sue? What’s her role in all this?

James Robinson: She’ll be there and involved, but believe me, she’ll have other fish to fry, too. There’ll be big problems for her and the kids of the Future Foundation that she has to deal with. She’ll be involved, but she’s not necessarily the focus of this aspect of the Fantastic Four.

Marvel.com: Of the three—Reed, Sue, and Johnny—who would most want Ben to be just Ben again?

James Robinson: I think it’ll be Reed, because it’s definitely on Reed’s shoulders the fact that, to some degree, it’s him that wanted them all to go up into space. And he’s the kind of a guy that hates problems that are unsolvable; he’s a solver of problems. So having Ben’s condition be that one thing that he can’t completely cure must eat away at him to some degree and he must feel some degree of guilt, even though I’m sure Ben must tell him, “Stretch, don’t worry about it, I’m fine.”

Fantastic Four (2014) #3 cover by John Romita, Jr.

Fantastic Four (2014) #3 cover by John Romita, Jr.

Marvel.com: So, this Original Sin storyline will have ramifications going forward?

James Robinson: Oh, yeah. And, actually, Original Sin has helped me take elements of the story I was going to play out anyway and make them much more effective and organic. This is coming at a very good time and will make the book better for it.

Marvel.com: The Fantastic Four is usually described as a family; in your opinion, is that the best term for them?

James Robinson: I don’t think there is a better term for them. They are the First Family, the launching pad for Marvel Comics. I write them as a family. I think that any writer who has any sense does. All of the great runs of FF have been written with that idea in mind, and I hope that mine and [artist] Leonard [Kirk’s] run will be considered a great run too when we’re through. So I feel very strongly that they are a family, and when you have that engrained in you and you approach it that way, they become very easy and fun to write.

Fantastic Four #3 variant cover by JG Jones

Fantastic Four #3 variant cover by JG Jones

Teams are hard sometimes because you have to find those points of connection that make a team more then just a group of individuals who just happen to be in the same room. And with FF that sense of why they’re together and who they are is so obvious and apparent that it just makes it very fun and easy to write.

Marvel.com: These issues sound like a whole world of hurt for the four. As a writer, does it ever cause you pain to cause them such pain?

James Robinson: No. A good writer tears something down and builds it back up again. Unless I, God forbid, get hit by a trolley car or something on the way to the gym, you’re going to see the FF back the way you want them by the time I’m finished putting them back together again. But to have fun seeing them back together you’ve got to tear them apart to begin with.

Original Sin enters FANTASTIC FOUR beginning with issue #6 in June!

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Get an early look at preview pages from Fantastic Four #2 by Leonard Kirk!

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at FANTASTIC FOUR #2 from the creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk! Manhattan is under attack by mysterious foes. From a corrupted pocket universe swarms scores of destructive creatures, wreaking untold havoc on the Big Apple! The Fantastic Four are the only ones capable of stopping the swarm. But to achieve that final victory, one of the Fantastic Four must make a terrible sacrifice that will shake the family to their very foundation! The strings continue to be pulled and the pieces are in play for the Fantastic Four’s downfall! Don’t miss the shocking FANTASTIC FOUR #2 on sale this March!

FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (JAN140725)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art & Cover by LEONARD KIRK
Variant Cover by ART ADAMS (JAN140726)
FOC 2/17/14, ON-SALE 3/12/14

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Aunt Petunia's favorite blue eyed nephew comes in for a mental health check-up!

Benjamin Grimm is an adult male. He presents with thick, rock-like orange skin, the result of exposure to cosmic rays. This cellular change is a permanent alteration of his body on every level, making him stronger, able to handle a wider range of temperatures than an average person could, and more physically resilient. However, a medical exam by the staff here also establishes that in terms of bodily structure (organs, joints, and so on) and functions, the client remains decidedly human.

Fantastic Four (2014) #1

Fantastic Four (2014) #1

  • Published: February 26, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 25, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: James Robinson
  • Cover Artist: Leonard Kirk
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Acknowledging this, however, does not make it a reality of the client’s experience. Even as he has grown progressively more comfortable with his outward appearance, he remains uncomfortable and insecure about it. He may rarely refer to himself as a monster—as he did quite often after the initial transformation—but recent events suggest those feelings linger, however deep they may be buried. For instance, upon encountering a mystical hammer that had the power to activate one’s darkest impulse, Grimm’s took the form of anger towards those who made him and/or viewed him as a monster. His dark side was not lust for power or greed, but rather a seemingly unending pool of twisted self pity.

Not only did this self-revelation shake Grimm, but the reality of what he did under the sway of the talisman, the things he said and the destruction he wreaked, has caused him tremendous guilt.

Also as of late, the client has been forced to repeatedly confront mortality, first with the seeming death of his teammate and friend Johnny Storm (best known as the Fantastic Four’s Human Torch) and then via the seemingly unstoppable cellular degeneration of he, Storm, and the other two members of the Fantastic Four, Reed and Sue Richards (Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman, respectively). This may have come as a particular shock to Grimm as other research and information had previously suggested that he might be nigh immortal, given how his cellular alteration slowed or stopped the normal breakdown a human body undergoes as they age.

Finally, after months in space, Grimm seems somewhat unsure of his place back on Earth. For an extended period, he has spent more time not here than here and has missed developments with his niece and nephew, relationships he clearly values, and has not had opportunities to heal some of the wounds left behind after the incident with Asgardian hammers. For a man already uncomfortable in his skin, this sense of being ill at ease can lead to withdrawal, depression, and perhaps acts of self sabotage.

That said, Grimm is clearly a person who is serious about the therapeutic relationship. While he was raised in an environment that was rejecting of the idea of seeking help, especially from someone like a mental health professional, he is a thoughtful, kind, and honest person who values those around him. He may feel unworthy of them in some ways, but he still wishes to connect and remain connected with them and some part of him believes—a hopefully steadily growing one—believes he deserves such connections. It is the opinion of this writer that Benjamin Grimm is an excellent candidate for therapy and will be a committed and open client.

Benjamin Grimm’s next appointment is set for February 19 with Doctors James Robinson and Leonard Kirk. Their report can be located in the file labeled FANTASTIC FOUR #1.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City.

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See preview art from Leonard Kirk and more as a new era begins!

Cosmic explorers – heroes forever united as family. The world’s greatest comic magazine begins anew as Marvel’s First Family bursts back into the spotlight in FANTASTIC FOUR #1, from Eisner Award winning writer James Robinson and critically acclaimed artist Leonard Kirk!

The brilliant Mr. Fantastic, the compassionate Invisible Woman, the hot-headed Human Torch, and the ever-lovin’ Thing return for a new ongoing series fraught with danger, excitement and intrigue. Only they won’t be met with new beginnings, but an untimely end!

“The team will be brought down,” said James Robinson in an interview with Marvel.com. “Despite the fact these characters are a family and have always stuck together, there are forces that push them into directions you never thought you’d see.”

“Some rifts will be so big the Fantastic Four may never be the same,” added editor Mark Paniccia, “We’re talking about a serious, hardcore attempt at destroying them…not just on a physical level but emotionally as well.”

As the family rushes headlong into their darkest hours, who could possibly be behind their downfall? And how does it involve one of the Fantastic Four’s greatest enemies, the sadistic dragon Fin Fang Foom! “The Fall of the Fantastic Four” begins this February in FANTASTIC FOUR #1!

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (DEC130616)
Written by JAMES ROBINSON           
Art & Cover by LEONARD KIRK
75th Anniversary Variant by ALEX ROSS
Variant Covers by JEROME OPENA, SKOTTIE YOUNG & KATIE COOK
Blank Variant Also Available
FOC – 01/27/14 On-Sale -02/19/14

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