When the Fantastic Four comic book was first created in the 60s, there were no high-tech cell phones and the only thing tweeting were birds. For the first time in comic book history, Marvel will be re-releasing the graphic novel, Fantastic Four: Season One, but the story will be given a 21st century makeover. While the key elements of the plot will stay true to the original, the characters will be given a modern touch with things like the Internet, mobile phones, and even tablets. The idea behind the project is to connect younger readers to the classics by including elements they can relate to. “It’s more of a…refresh,” says writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “The world’s changed over the last 50 years. How we tell comic stories, how we absorb them, so let’s update a great concept by setting it in the present. By giving it a contemporary sensibility.” Their ultimate goal, he says, is to “blow the cobwebs off a story that’s decades old.”
Fantastic Four is the story of a science genius, his girlfriend, her brother, and a football-player-turned pilot who after being exposed to cosmic rays in space, return to Earth with super powers. They begin saving the world under their new identities as Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing — or the Fantastic Four. The new graphic novel is expected to hit shelves later this month. Also stay tuned for reboots of more Marvel classics, including Daredevil, Spider-Man, and X-Men.