‘Ultimates’ team of Millar-Hitch tapped for ‘Fantastic Four’
By Ben Morse
Posted September 2, 2007 11:30 AM
Fantastic Four gets a truly “ultimate” creative team when the acclaimed Ultimates duo of writer Mark Millar and artist Bryan Hitch comes on board in 2008 as the new regular creators chronicling the adventures of Marvel’s First Family. On the heels of the official announcement made at Wizard World Chicago, Millar talked about taking hold of the reins on “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.”
WIZARD: How did you and Bryan end up taking on Fantastic Four as your first post-Ultimates gig together?
MILLAR: We were actually going to take over Astonishing X-Men and had been talking about doing a big X-Men project for awhile. But that seemed like another monumental thing [coming off Ultimates], like we were jumping into a project even bigger than [the one we just did]. [Bryan] felt kind of wary about it, and I think he fancied taking it easy for a year and then doing something a bit lighter, self-contained and fun. Fantastic Four was the one.
What is the crux of your plans for the book?
What we’re doing is really a response to what happened to the FF during Civil War. Instead of a family breaking up, [our run will be] all about a family coming together.
How long are you planning on sticking around?
I’m going to do at least 15 or 16 issues.
Given that Ultimates had some trouble shipping on time, how far ahead are you guys on this one?
We managed to do the first issue in seven weeks. Everybody thinks that Bryan draws for two hours a day or something, but he’s sitting there for like 10 hours a day. He’ll spend a day just on a panel sometimes. But we’ve both agreed there will be no delays [on Fantastic Four].
How does Fantastic Four contrast to Ultimates for you and Bryan?
In a way, [Fantastic Four] is the antithesis of Ultimates. Ultimates was all about how real you can make superheroes, but I think you’re making a big mistake if you go in that direction with Fantastic Four. They’re not called the Mundane Four or the Ordinary Four. [Laughs] You have to make it almost a cartoon where anything can happen, and no idea is too silly.
I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that the issues will be on time, or at least NOT horribly late.