When Marvel announced a last month ago that one member
of The Fantastic
Four would be killed off in issue 588,
most of us had our fingers crossed that it would be
The Invisible Girl, a character who was been insipid
and useless since day one, despite efforts to bump
up her role and make her less of a wimp. But no.
588 was released today, and it's Johnny Storm, The
Human Torch, who bites the dust during an epic battle.
to Tom Brevoort, senior vice president for publishing
at Marvel, "588 is the final issue of the
Fantastic Four. Beyond that, we're not ready to say
exactly what we're doing. There won't be an issue
course, in comic books, death is rarely final, as
anyone who was caught up in the 'death of Superman'
scam of the late Nineties could confirm, but Marvel
at least seem aware that reviving dead characters
is a bit of a cliché. Which isn't to say they
won't do it, of course. Or they could bring back the
stupid robot that replaced the Torch in the 1970's
Human Torch first appeared in 1961 (and was unrelated
to the earlier Human Torch, who was revived for other
Marvel stories such as The Invaders) and as well as
appearing with the FF, had his own short-lived (and
mostly terrible) solo strip and often teamed up with
fellow teen hero Spider-Man.