Back in March, Marvel announced that the First Family of Marvel would be returning to the fold after a three-year absence with Fantastic Four #1, written by Dan Slott with artwork by Sarah Pichelli. To celebrate the return of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, Marvel Comics will be holding launch parties for the series’ release at participating retailers across the country.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 29, 2018
Excitement for the series couldn’t be any higher right now, especially considering that the Fox/Disney deal will be voted on by shareholders later this month. If the deal goes through, there’s a chance that the Fantastic Four could be making their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While that’s still up in the air, the thought that we could get a reboot in the MCU is enough to get over the mixed reactions of Fantastic Four (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and Fantastic Four (2015). Prior to that, though, Marvel Comics is bringing them back to the page, a move that is welcomed by fans of the First Family.
The full press release from Marvel Comics reads:
This summer, Marvel invites you to celebrate the debut of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, 57 years to the date of the First Family’s original debut! To celebrate this exciting occasion, Marvel will partner with participating retail stores to host FANTASTIC FOUR #1 LAUNCH PARTIES.
Retailers can choose to hold their launch parties on Wednesday, 8/8, or they can hold their launch parties during a special midnight release. In addition to exclusive variant covers, free window clings, and a JULY 2018 SPOTLIGHT FREE PREVIEWS issue which will have a preview of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, participating retail stores will receive exciting promotional items.
In addition, retailers and readers are advised to be lookout for a nationwide TV spot that will air in prime time the weekend following the release of FANTASTIC FOUR #1 on August 8th!
Contact your local retailers to find out if they will be participating in the launch parties. We hope to see you there!