Marvel Announces The Death Of The Human Torch In Fantastic Four #587

"FLAME OFF!" the press release sent by Marvel Comics screamed, as the mysterious death of a Fantastic Four member was revealed. With issues of Fantastic Four #587 polybagged as to prevent "spoilage," why announce Johnny Storm's death via an early-morning (I'm still in my pajamas writing this) release?

Well, this is the Internet, folks.

Am I shocked at Human Torch biting the bullet? Actually yes, I was pretty sure it would either be a) The Thing or b) everybody but the Human Torch. But killing the youngest member of the FF sends a chilling effect (if you will excuse the pun) through the Marvel Universe...Johnny Storm, in his prime, cut down in the midst of battle. Next to The Thing, probably one of the most popular Fantastic Four members. You don't expect one of the youngest members to die -- he had everything to look forward to in life.

It's a sad day, friends. Yeah, it's comics...but still, kinda sad.

One of the images Marvel sent over is, I would imagine, *the* death scene in question:

Cripes. Not a fun way to go AT ALL.

Read on for the full press release from Marvel, and more images. Then stay tuned to MTV Geek later as we start surveying reactions from across the interwebs!

Press Release

Marvel Entertainment Extinguishes The Fantastic Four’s Human Torch

RENOWNED SUPER HERO KILLED IN HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FANTASTIC FOUR #587 SIZZLING INTO STORES WEDNESDAY

January 25, 2011 – “FLAME OFF!” In a move sure to shock comic fans worldwide, Marvel unveiled that its ever popular super hero the Human Torch will meet his demise and die heroically in Fantastic Four #587, hitting stores tomorrow (Wednesday, January 26th). Concluding the “Three” storyline that captivated the mainstream media and industry press alike, this issue and the death of such a renowned character from the First Family of comics signals the beginning of major changes for the Marvel Universe as the Fantastic Four lose one of their founding members.

“Jonathan Hickman [writer of Fantastic Four] came to us two years ago with a vision for evolving the characters and concepts introduced to fans 50 years ago in Fantastic Four #1 – and quite frankly his vision blew us away,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment SVP of Publishing. “The death of the Human Torch is the first major move in this incredibly exciting evolution of the legendary Fantastic Four franchise and a necessary part of the larger story we will be telling featuring the beloved characters moving forward.”

But the story doesn’t end there-- February’s Fantastic Four #588 brings the long running series to a conclusion as the Fantastic Four disband and the surviving characters must discover their new roles in the Marvel Universe. Just what’s next for the surviving members of Marvel’s First Family?

Fantastic Four #1 debuted in 1961, kicking off the “Marvel Age” of comics and dramatically increasing the popularity of super heroes. As the progenitor of Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four set a new tone for super hero comics with its nuanced characterization, reflection of real world fears and progressive depiction of super heroes. Through the years, the Fantastic Four have been involved in many of comics most important & memorable storylines, from the introduction of Galactus to the chart-topping Civil War and now the upcoming event Fear Itself.

It all begins with the shocking death of the Human Torch in Fantastic Four #587, in comic stores Wednesday, January 26th, 2011!

FANTASTIC FOUR #587 (NOV100584)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Penciled by STEVE EPTING

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

Rated A…$3.99

On Sale – 1/26/11

FANTASTIC FOUR #587 SPOILER VARIANT (NOV100585)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Penciled by STEVE EPTING

Cover by JOHN CASSADAY

Rated A…$3.99

On Sale – 2/2/11

FANTASTIC FOUR #588 (DEC100592)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Penciled by NICK DRAGOTTA

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

Rated A …$3.99

FOC – 1/31/11, On Sale – 2/23/11

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