Alex Ross Debuts Dramatically Different Art Style For Fantastic Four Graphic Novel
Alex Ross debuts a dramatically different art style for Fantastic Four: Complete Circlea new graphic novel starring Marvel’s First Family.
As reported exclusively by The Hollywood Reporter, Fantastic Four: Complete Circle is the first graphic novel that Ross wrote and illustrated. The story takes place shortly after 1961 Fantastic Four #51 (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) and sees Marvel’s First Family deal with a threat that puts them in the Negative Zone after an intruder breaks into the Baxter Builder. Ross said he deliberately changed his unique, iconic art style to align with Kirby’s work on the novel. “I wanted to present a version of the Fantastic Four so close to a Jack Kirby style that he envisioned for the series when creating the characters,” he explained.
Along with Kirby, Ross said he was influenced while working on Neal Adams Fantastic Four: Complete Circle. “Everything you see in my work is Neal Adams DNA that influenced my generation,” he said. “Whether I wanted to or not, I couldn’t Not be a transmission of that influence. Neal Adams’ take on dynamic realism changed everything in comics.”
More thumbnails from Fantastic Four: Complete Circle are available from The Hollywood Reporter. The graphic novel will not be published by Marvel Comics; rather, the publisher licenses the rights to the MarvelArts imprint from Abrams ComicArts.
Fantastic Four: Complete Circle was first announced in December 2021. The bidding information for the graphic novel reads, “It’s a rainy night in Manhattan, and not a creature moves but… Ben Grimm. When an intruder suddenly appears at the Baxter building, the Fantastic Four – Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and the Thing (Ben Grimm) – become invaders of a swarm Surrounded by parasites – these carrion creatures are made of Negative energy comes to earth using a human host as a transport system. But for what purpose? And who is behind this premature invasion? The Fantastic Four have no choice but to travel to the Negative Zone, an alien universe made entirely of antimatter. they risk not only their own lives, but the fate of the cosmos!”
“Alex and I have worked together for almost 30 years, when I was an editor at DC Comics and hired him to paint his very first book cover before Marvels was released in 1993,” said Charles Kochman, editor of the Abrams ComicArts project announced. “In the Fantastic Four: Complete CircleAlex revisits a classic Stan Lee-Jack Kirby comic from the 1960s and introduces the storyline to a new generation of readers.”
Fantastic Four: Complete Circle will be released on September 6th.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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