Fantastic Four is a superhero team used to countless redesigns. However a new piece of fan art revitalizes interest in the group that can’t be ignored
It’s no understatement to say that the Fantastic Four are often Marvel’s least-loved team. Now a new piece of fan art gives an interesting redesign of the classic Fantastic Four costumes, while also bringing a slightly disturbing take on their powers.
The Fantastic Four‘s heyday was in the 1960’s and 1970’s from creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, and the duo quickly established that the First Family lives up to their name. One of their defining team characteristics that sets them apart is their status as a dysfunctional, yet loving, family. Though Reed Richards might think of himself as the leader, it’s actually Invisible Woman who is the Fantastic Four’s strongest member. The team also broke with the anonymous status quo by favoring celebrity status over secret identities. Now, some new fan art gets to the core of the weird side of their fantastical powers.
On their Twitterartist Mike Becker posted this fan art that shows their unique redesign of the First Family. The first thing Mike emphasizes is the family theme by grouping all of these character sketches together, referencing the close family ties they have. Straight away, fans will also notice how delightfully odd and quirky these depictions are. The Four are drawn in a blend of a 90’s illustrative cartoon style mixed with the comics style that brings a different energy to the heroes. Mister Fantastic, the Thing, and Human Torch get the most redesign, while Invisible Woman’s image brings a different idea of ‘body horror’ with her disembodied hands. Reed’s new look in the fan art really conveys how strange his superpower is. He can stretch to any shape, which is proven here. Thing looks the most drastically different from his typical depiction with long thin arms and an unusual Edvard Munch’s The Scream-shaped face, showing that rock based powers aren’t always aesthetically pleasing. Human Torch’s depiction is also pretty unique, with more emphasis on how freaky the fire is when his powers are activated.
Although the Fantastic Four have gone through their share of dark momentsit’s undeniable that these characters spark joy in fans. Mike Becker’s unique art style gives these heroes a breath of fresh air that sparks interest in the Fantastic Four and their story. An angle about the strange element to their fantastical powers would be fascinating for fans and would really give a new way to look at the team. Especially since these illustrative redesigns also still invoke the characters despite their oddness. It’s both fascinating and creepy, and could be just what Marvel fans need to remember just how awesome these heroes are.
Fantastic Four hasn’t always fared well when paired with other dynamic hero teams such as the X-Men and the Avengers, but they still hold their own with their unique family dynamic and cosmic origin. They’re an important part of Marvel’s history as the first superhero team created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and as a result, the Fantastic Four have seen many different creative interpretations. A comic series inspired by Mike Becker’s interpretation of the Fantastic Four would be a welcome take for the series, and one that Marvel should consider.
Source: Mike Becker
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