Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begins With A Fantastic Four Alpha One-Shot

Reckoning War time is upon us! As part of Marvel Comics December 2021 solicitations, they added a number of books for the first week of January 2022 that will have to be ordered a little earlier than usual due to the Christmas holiday period. Stating that they will be included in full in the January solicitations, but giving us the titles below. And that includes a Fantastic Four: Reckoning War Alpha one-shot courtesy of  Dan Slott, Carlos Pacheco, and Rachael Stott. Already teased for January, this underlines that this is a Fantastic Four event rather than a line-wide crossover as it  might have been if Slott had been allowed to do this back in the day. This week's Fantastic Four #35 included another Recking War tease, but it looks like it is all guns go for the first week of January.

The Reckoning War Teased In Fantastic Four #35 (Spoilers)
The Reckoning War Teased In Fantastic Four #35 (Spoilers)

As part of Marvel Comics' Timeless announcements the other month, they included mention of The Reckoning War, sometime in January 2022. A storyline in upcoming Fantastic Four issues written by Dan Slott, drawn by Carlos Pacheco and Rachael Stott, Marvel stating "Dan Slott is joined by Carlos Pacheco and Rachael Stott for Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four: Reckoning War, an epic saga over 15 years in the making. The original secret war of the Marvel Universe has been reignited and every living being in reality is in danger, for we are finally at…Our Day Of Reckoning."

Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begins With A Fantastic Four Alpha One-Shot
Reckoning War

As Bleeding Cool may have mentioned before, twenty-or-so-years ago, Dan Slott used to drop something into a number of his comic books at Marvel about something he would call The Reckoning War. A storyline that would upend the future of the Marvel Universe, centred on She-Hulk but involving The Watcher, the Fantastic Four, Gauntlet, Iron Man, Southpaw and many more.

Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begins With A Fantastic Four Alpha One-Shot
Art from She Hulk #3 (2005)

In She-Hulk #3 back in 2005, we discovered, from the Time Variance Authority, that actions already taken by She-Hulk would lead to The Reckoning War. That this was a bad thing. That this was all She-Hulk's fault, and emanated from something she had done in the first year that Dan Slott wrote her.

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from She Hulk #3 (2005)

The Reckoning War would devastate not only the Earth but the whole cosmos. Marvel sources told me that Slott had tried to get this event to finally occur in one book or other for some time, but hadn't heard about it from him for a few years.

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from She Hulk #3 (2005)

At some point, maybe when he was writing Amazing Spider-Man, he put The Reckoning War on the back-burner, with just a couple of references in the last ten years.

Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begins With A Fantastic Four Alpha One-Shot
Art from She Hulk #3 (2005)

With a repeated phrase, "there shall be a reckoning" or "there will be a reckoning".

Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begins With A Fantastic Four Alpha One-Shot
Art from She Hulk #20 (2007)

In this future, Gauntlet inspires Southpaw to reform, and become a superhero, while his daughter Kid Glove acts as her sidekick. Gauntlet and Southpaw also popped up in Iron Man 2020 with Arron Stark believing in an imminent cosmic threat. He also wrote Fantastic Four travelling the cosmos, inviting all sorts of attention. And he concluded Empyre, a crossover event involving the Skrull and Kree, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and She-Hulk, to whom something very bad had happened.

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from Fantastic Four Fallout.

From the very eye of The Unseen, the cosmically transformed Nick Fury, emerged the returning Uatu, The Watcher who Nick Fury killed before himself being transformed…

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from Fantastic Four Fallout.

And promising something very familiar.

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from Fantastic Four Fallout.

Is Dan Slott finally going to make "fetch" happen? Fantastic Four #25 was set up with that very familiar phrase, from the solicitation on. "There Shall Come a Reckoning"

Will Dan Slott's Reckoning War Begin With Fantastic Four #25?
Previews cover.

And as he recalled last year…

Fantastic Four #25 returned to the Blue Area of the Moon. The Watcher uses Marvel Unlimited to catch up with everything he's been missing out on (with only a three month delay now)  before transforming The Unseen, with that phrase one more time.

Is This Really The Reckoning War Beginning in Fantastic Four #25?
Fantastic Four #25.

Nick Fury, Agent Of Uatu?

Is This Really The Reckoning War Beginning in Fantastic Four #25?
Fantastic Four #25

Okay, so he's bald, still has an eyepatch, and no cigar, and is going by Nicolas Fury, to distinguish himself from his son, Nick Fury Jr, currently running around SHIELD? And this is the first war. The oldest war. The Reckoning War? And have the Fantastic Four provided an opportunity for it to come to Earth's doorstep? We even saw a reference from Sin-Eater, lookimg over Dan Slott's Spider-Man run in Spider-Man: The Sins Of Norman Osborn.

Will Amazing Spider-Man Lead Into The Reckoning War Too? (Spoilers)
Spider-Man: The Sins Of Norman Osborn.

And now? There shall come a reckoning in January. And Mister Fantastic is going to be a force to reckon with because of it.

FANTASTIC FOUR #35
MARVEL COMICS
JUN210510
(W) Dan Slott, Mark Waid (A) John Romita, More (CA) Mark Brooks
A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surprise guest stars as John Romita Jr. returns to Marvel and joins forces with writer Dan Slott for this celebratory adventure! Marvel's First Family will literally never be the same again! Plus: Mark Waid and Paul Renaud deliver dramatic new insights into the origin of the fabulous foursome in an all-new anniversary tale! Rated T In Shops: Sep 15, 2021 SRP: $9.99

 

Here's the full list of the first week of January 2022 titles from Marvel Comics;

  • ALIEN #9
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #85
  • AVENGERS: TECH-ON AVENGERS #6
  • BEN REILLY: SPIDER-MAN #1
  • BLACK PANTHER LEGENDS #3
  • DEFENDERS #5
  • DEVIL'S REIGN: VILLAINS FOR HIRE #1
  • FANTASTIC FOUR: RECKONING WAR ALPHA #1
  • KA-ZAR LORD OF THE SAVAGE LAND #5
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #34
  • SABRETOOTH #1
  • STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC – TRAIL OF SHADOWS #4
  • STRANGE ACADEMY #15
  • THE X LIVES OF WOLVERINE #1
  • VENOM #4

Enjoyed this? Please share on social media!

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
Comments will load 8 seconds after page. Click here to load them now.