Jen Van Meter & Joanna Estep Blast ‘Fantastic Four’ Into The Future With First Issue Created By Women
In 53 years of publication, Fantastic Four hasn’t featured a whole lot of women creators, despite having one of the most prominent superheroines, the Invisible Woman, at the heart of the team. Louise Simonson wrote the annual in 2000, and Ming Doyle drew a story in Fantastic Four #600. Marie Severin inked an annual. Several women have been colorists on the series, but a woman has never been a regular writer or artist on the book.
Perhaps that will change sometime in the next 47 years or so. There is certainly hope. The just-announced 100th Anniversary Special: Fantastic Four #1, a special issue set in 2061 boasts a creative team of highly accomplished women: writer Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages) and artist Joanna Estep (Fraggle Rock).
Marvel isn’t really playing up the all-woman creative team in its press release about the issue, but from what I can tell it’s the first time women have completely been in control of a Fantastic Four comic.
Here’s what Marvel did say about the issue:
Witness the first family of the future in a way you’ve never seen them before! What does the Fantastic Four look like in the year 2061? Reed Richards, Doctor Doom and Johnny Storm are all gone – presumed dead. The Fantastic Four has been discredited in the eyes of the public – no longer the champions they once were. Now, a new Fantastic Four will rise up – comprised of Doom’s granddaughter and the Richards-Banner twins. But when a key player in the first family’s past resurfaces – it will have earth-shattering effects on their future!
The special issue comes out July 2 and can be pre-ordered from finer comics shops now. Check out some preview pages below.