Occasionally, Marvel does something that makes you realize that they care about you. No Civil or Silent or Hulk World Wars, No Annihiliating… Just something that makes you remember what kind of goofy fun their comics used to be back when you were a kid. Case in point:
As readers might have guessed by the pre-“Civil War” setting and the globe-hopping story, “Spider-Man/Fantastic Four” is an old-school “In the Mighty Marvel Manner” style tale. “We’re really embracing the sci-fi aspects of it all, and the ‘big ideas’ approach that made the ‘60s Marvel books so exciting,” [Writer Jeff] Parker stated. “The overall title is ‘Heroes of the Silver Age,’ which doesn’t refer to what you might think. But it is a throwback to the very early Silver Age stories, where the FF would have to deal something like planetary invasion. Looking at that with a modern eye and following how something like that might play out.
“There’s always lots of talk of conquering the world, but what’s really the point of doing so and how can you actually pull that off? Along comes a species that has a reason to do it and a very good track record with making it happen,” Parker continued. “They don’t really see themselves as invaders or conquerors, they think they’re doing us a huge favor.
They aren’t villains in the old sense, so the dynamic isn’t heroes vs. bad guys. At the same time, they can’t be reasoned with.”
Mike Weiringo draws the mini-series, and at the end of the interview, Parker says that he’s ready for a sequel if they want one. Between this, Agents of ATLAS, the Modoc Marvel Avengers issue, and even X-Men First Class, can we just give Parker control over the Marvel Universe for awhile? Please?