Marvel Two-in-One vol. 3 #1: Fate Of The Four. Part 1


Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Penciller: Jim Cheung
Inker: John Dell
Letterer: ???
Colorist: ???
Editor: ???

Guest Shots:
     
     The Human Torch

The Villains:
     

The Set Up:
     Let me note... this is a bit of a place-holder page. Since the new MTIO apparently won't be a team-up book, I probably won't do a page-per-issue thing, but maybe one page for the full ren. We'll see what happens. For now, anything here is "in-progress" at best...

Clobberin' Time?:
     

Petunia's Patch:
     

Things of Interest:
     As more hints are revealed about this book, it becomes more and more apparent that it's probably just a Human Torch/Thing book instead of a two-in-one book. They did that in the 60s with Strange Tales 116-134 or so; if that's the plan here, then they should have titled the book Strange Tales instead of MTIO. I'll be strongly disappointed if this is not really a two-in-one book. If so, I'll probably not be doing individual pages here for each issue, but maybe one page for the whole series.
     Okay, an only slightly serious complaint... with the "Marvel Legacy" promotion theme renumbering old series right and left as this was released, couldn't they have just numbered this issue as Marvel Two-in-One #101?
      In June 2017, Marvel announced this new iteration of Marvel Two-in-One as part of their "Marvel Legacy" promotions. These two images were released, the left informally, the right formally. The left pair are a tribute to and the cover of The Thing (2005) #1, which they apparently chose not to use save as a teaser. The pair on the right, which they did choose, is an Edgar Delgado homage and the original cover of Fantastic Four #159. One variant cover for this issue was a lenticular featuring both the Delgado cover and the FF cover it homaged.
     Though it has no presence on this website, there already was a volume 2 of Marvel Two-in-One. It ran 17 issues from (by cover date) Sept. 2007 to Jan. 2009, and each issue just reprinted two younger-skewing stories - a Marvel Adventures The Avengers story (issues 1-17), and one of either X-Men First Class (vol. 1 issues 1-8 and vol. 2 issues 1-4) or Marvel Adventures Iron Man (issues 1-5). Confusingly, there also was a Marvel Adventures Two-in-One, which ran pretty much at the same time, 21 issues from Sept. 2007 to May 2009, as part of the Marvel Adventures kids' line. Each issue there also just reprinted a Marvel Adventures Spider-Man issue (issues 27-47) plus either a Marvel Adventures Hulk (issues 1-4, 6-11) or a Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four (issues 23-33) issue. And though no one will confuse either with MTIO, this is as good a place as any to give a hat tip to a pair of non-Marvel comics which homaged the name: 1) Fantagraphics' Hip Hop Family Tree Two-in-One, which was a 2014 Free Comic Book Day giveaway; and 2) an Image Comics 2001 "24 hour comic book" one-shot, Image Two-in-One.
     The official first issue solicit, as released on Sept 13, 2017: "The Four are no more, so two must do! Something is very wrong with the Human Torch and only the Thing can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, half of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has Doom been hiding since the end of Secret Wars, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm?" The book is scheduled for release on Dec. 13, 2017.
     
As if those two "official" first issue covers weren't enough, Marvel also went with _so_ many other variant covers (seen to the right). Row one: a variant by Arthur Adams; a Kirby legacy cover; a John Byrne "remaster;" an Alex Ross cover; legacy headshot variant by Mike McKone. Row two: one (front/back) based on 1960s era Jack Kirby t-shirt art, one (again, front/back) a trading card variant by John Tyler Christopher; a Joe Jusko exclusive variant for Sanctum Santorum Comics & Oddities. So, what, at least ten different covers in total, so far? C'mon, Marvel, don't you think this is just a _little_ bit of overkill?
     Issue 2 solicit, as released on Oct. 17, 2017: "What is the secret of Reed Richards? And is it deep within Monster Island? Ben and Johnny are the only ones who can uncover it, unless Doom beats them to it! The Fate of the Four continues here!" The book is scheduled for release on Jan. 24, 2018, and there'll be just one alternate cover, an Avengers variant by Gabriele Dell’otto.
     Issue 3 solicit, as released on Nov. 22, 2017: "Flame off! Johnny Storm is losing his powers, but why? And who is the mysterious woman who says she can help? Plus: The Mad Thinker and Doom square off over Reed Richards as 'The Fate of the Four' continues!" The book is scheduled for release on Feb. 14, 2018, and there'll be just one alternate cover, a Hulk variant by Mike Hawthorne. Also, an artist change by just the third issue, as Jim Cheung is replaced by Valerio Schiti.