In 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.
Well, today's final issue of the Guardians Of The Galaxy lets Doctor Doom make a Reckoning War tease. So Doctor Doom has a brand new magical weapon to bring to the Reckoning War. And while there is no explicit mention in today's Fantastic Four #36, just other kinds of reckonings for Johnny Storm…
…last month's Fantastic Four #35 dropped one in at the end with the Time Variance Authority.
Marvel stated in their announcement that "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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a repeated phrase, "there shall be a reckoning" or "there will be a reckoning".
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.
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…
And promising something very familiar.
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"
And as he recalled last year…
I've been reading comics since I was 8.
There's a Marvel story I've wanted to tell since I was 9.
Hickman reminded me "I was telling someone the other day about you pitching me this when we were on a plane to Dublin. 12 years ago!"
Tomorrow, I finally officially pitch that story.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 2, 2019
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.
Nick Fury, Agent Of Uatu?
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.
And now? There shall come a reckoning in January. And Mister Fantastic is going to be a force to reckon with because of it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 ANHL
(W) Al Ewing (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Brett Booth
THE LAST ANNIHILATION CONCLUDES!
• The Guardians and their allies are being overrun on all fronts by the Mindless Armies of Dormammu. There's only one hope for the galaxy as we know it.
• ROCKET RACCOON has a plan. All he needs to know is Dormammu's weak spot.
• Dormammu doesn't have a weak spot.
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