While Marvel has made no secret that a member of the quartet, which was introduced in August 1961, would die, exactly who among the group, which included Mr Fantastic, Invisible Woman and the Thing, would die has been a closely held secret, until the release Tuesday of issue No. 587.
In the newest issue, Storm’s life was taken amid a massive battle that writer Jonathan Hickman had been scription for a year-and-a-half.
Tom Brevoort, senior vice president for publishing at Marvel said that “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 589.”
Death is not uncommon in comic books. Superman was killed in the 1990s by DC Comics, only to be brought back. At Marvel, Captain America was assassinated on the steps of a courthouse and returned.
Joe Quesada, Marvel’s chief creative officer, recognised that death, while potent, is not necessarily lasting and that the death of a character in comics has turned out “to be very cliché” in plot developments.
“Whether the human torch comes back or not is really a question that will be answered in time,” he said.