The idea for this one was that, right off, the trip reveals itself to be dangerous. That looking at something from a distance and being in the middle of it are two different things and that, no matter what Reed and Sue do to protect their children, sometimes the dangers of the world are simply inescapable. There were a few things going on in my head and the whole thing feels daunting — both the writing of the book and being a parent. I was a little down on this one until last night, when i read it to my kids, but they enjoyed it so that brought my estimation up a little bit. Still. I’m not quite where i need to be on this book yet; I haven’t quite gotten my hands around its throat. I think 4, 5/AU, and 5 are much closer.

It’s been a great year for science fiction in comics — SAGA, PROPHET, Humanoids rereleasing THE INCAL and METABARONS (for which I got to write an introduction)… intimidating. And I think it shows here. It’s a tall order, this book, and we’re getting there. Just not as fast as I want…

Planting seeds. What’s wrong with Ben?

Also, not for anything? Paul Mounts. Holy cats.

The quantum molecule. More seeds.

There’s a lesson i’m still learning, and this blog is a big part in teaching me that lesson which is part of the reason I do it — the F4 have always done mundane things, have always done everyday family things, just in the most extraordinary manner. It’s a book made to push the visual boundaries of comics and I think every time I’ve got a guy sitting in a chair talking I’m blowing it on some level…


Zeta Doradus. Always a thrill to discover after the fact the star you picked at random is some part of HALO…

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First read about this kind of thing in Zubrin’s THE CASE FOR MARS. Obviously FANTASTIC FOUR is a comic book, though, and not a reliable nor accurate guide to terraforming remote worlds. PLEASE do not rely on it for reference in your daily or scholarly life.

This was one of those early logistic bumps — oh wait: how do they leave the car?

I had to google it.

Also kinda proud to bring the horns to the pages of the F4.

Little nod to johnny’s run there. And I love the little details Mark throws in around the base of the landing gears. 


Can’t tell you how fast i tried to flip past that so my kids didn’t see it. Eesh!

This was written in a slightly different way and Mark made it better. It’s that time in the relationship where I’m still trying to figure out how to write for him, how to write best for him, how to get out of his way and do what he does so well. I should really restudy all the recent stuff he and Bendis did together, the scripts, I mean… granted, they’ve got that psychic patter that comes from a decade of working together, but still. I know I can be writing better for him, can be thinking better, can be better, period. 

I have a lot — a LOT — of plans for Sue. They start next issue, in which we pretty profoundly… well, that’s maybe overstating it. But from adjustments, recalibrations, and outright rewrites to her history, to new deployments and execution of her power-set, Sue has a really big, really exciting year ahead.

THERE you go, Matty. Getting there.

Watch a mom try to nurse, eat her own dinner, keep another kid in his seat, and hold a conversation some time. Levitating a spaceship would be just as easy.

I love Bags’ Ben. Love it. And my kids love him, too — right away, boom, he’s their guy. It’s impossible not to love him. Allred’s got the smooth, poppy, friendly thing — Bags, you want to touch, and you can hear him in your head.

This was one of those pages where it’s like 830 times easier to write than it is to draw, so you write it and try to stay out of the way. Bags, Mark, and Paul come through with flying colors.

Also — to me, Ben’s always gotta speak BOLD and ITALICIZED. Because… because that’s how he talks. Right? 

Because eventually you get to a point where your science family has to punch a thing real real hard or die, and maybe you need to acknowledge it and turn into a lesson as much for you as it is for your characters.  

Ya might as well live.

 Also: “wait for it, wait for it” is another autobio moment, although Henry, when asked about it, feigned innocence.

I figured the guys from Yancy Street, they’d have a particularly salty tongue as folks from that part of Manhattan tended to have, back in the day — but as this is a family book, with  family goals, I took a gag from FANTASTIC MR. FOX and had “dummy” work as a kind of all-purpose utility cuss. Notice there are times when Ben uses it and people Ben uses it around, and times and people around whom he doesn’t — Aunt Petunia didn’t raise no animal.


Panel 3. Seeds.

Starting to find real-world/real-time events to tie my books into lately. I think I know what that’s about but it’s not a thing I’ll go into here — still, though, I had been doing it subconsciously and it wasn’t until F4 #4/ FF #4 / HAWKGUY #8 that I realized what was going on. Funny how your head works. My head. My head works. I don’t know how your head works.

NEXT MONTH: The gang meets for the first time. Reed Richards: Proto-Hipster. Time Travel. And how did the image of Sue end up on a cave wall on strange world half a skajillion lightyears away from Earth? And Reed’s secret … well, you’ll just have to read it.

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