News: Matt Fraction Steps Away From “Fantastic Four” and “FF” Reported on by Steve Seigh Tom Brevoort exclusively broke the news to CBR (comicbookresources.com) this morning that Matt Fraction is in fact leaving both the “Fantastic Four” and “FF” titles. Matt then told CBR that his last solo written issue of “Fantastic Four” will be #12 (solicited for September), and his last full “FF” will be issue #11 (expected later this month), the next respective issues of each title forthcoming. The bottom line is that with Fraction’s “Inhumanity” ongoing series dominating most of his schedule, there simply isn’t time to do it all. Taking over for Matt on “Fantastic Four” is Karl Kesel (Harley Quinn #1-25, Fantastic Four, Daredevil), and babysitting the kids over at “FF” will be Mike Allred’s big brother and award-winning author, Lee Allred. Earlier today artist of “FF”, Mike Allred tweeted these comments about working with his older brother and the changes of “FF”. “I’m sure @mattfraction and I will work together again at some point in the future. We’re terrific friends and love working together.” When asked by a fan about working with his older brother Allred shared these words: “Big time! He’s a genius!” This all certainly does come as a surprise, but in the ever changing world of comic books, have they not been preparing us for the unexpected this entire time? How do you feel about these changes? Let us know in the comments below! 4 Responses Steve Seigh August 14, 2013 Okay, so people are asking for my reaction to Matt Fraction stepping away from both “Fantastic Four” and “FF” earlier this morning. I’m okay with it. Really. Matt is currently working on FF, Fantastic Four, Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, Sex Criminals, the Inhumans ongoing, and Ody-c. That’s a hell of a lot of books. He’s also a husband and a father. In all fairness, I totally understand the departure. I think that who they’ve asked to step in for Matt – Karl Kesel (Fantastic) and Lee Allred (FF) – are solid and exciting choices as well. In the end I am sad to see my two favorite books lose an incredible writer and visionary, but if comics have taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. And also, that nothing lasts forever. I can’t wait to see Fraction’s work on all his titles and wish him and the new teams the very best. Fans will be watching closely. So please, take us to the stars and beyond. Thanks for the good times, Matt. Log in to Reply NameitPurple August 14, 2013 A year ago we were wondering whether anyone could follow Hickman, and look how that turned out. I’m sorry to see him go as it has been an interesting run, but I have high hopes the quality can continue. And I have a real interest in seeing how Inhumanity turns out. Log in to Reply Bradley August 15, 2013 I’m okay with this. Fraction seemed to be phoning it in on Fantastic Four, although FF has been a joy. Log in to Reply Ryan Carroll August 16, 2013 This is really saddening, but It’s very nice to see that Fraction is choosing to preserve the quality of his work rather than take on too many projects and not do well on any of them. It’ll certainly be interesting to see Karl Kessel and Lee Allred on Fantastic Four and FF, respectively, but I am concerned that we might lose the classic Lee/Kirby quality that makes the books–FF in particular–so great. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.