An Old Friend Begins The Reckoning War? Fantastic Four #25 Spoilers

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.

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
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)

It 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 for a few years.

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

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

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

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

Is Dan Slott Finally Getting To Do The Reckoning War at Marvel Comics?
Art from She Hulk #20 (2007)

Recently in Iron Man, he wrote about Arron Stark taking on the role of Iron Man 2020, believing in an imminent cosmic threat. He also wrote Fantastic Four travelling the cosmos, inviting all sorts of attention. And he just concluded Empyre, a crossover event involving the Skrull and Kree, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and She-Hulk, to whom something very bad has happened.

How Empyre #6 Sets Up Immortal She-Hulk (Spoilers)
Art from Empyre #6
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 published today 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…

So, Fantastic Four #25 returns 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 just provided an opportunity for it to come to Earth's doorstep?

FANTASTIC FOUR #25
MARVEL COMICS
AUG200671
(W) Dan Slott (A) R. B. Silva, Paco Medina, Will Robson (CA) Mark Brooks
"There Shall Come a Reckoning"
A NEW ERA FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR!
Do NOT miss it! This issue has it all: New Artist! New villains! New uniforms! And a new, major, permanent status quo change for Marvel's First Family!
Who is the HELMSMAN? Is he here to save our reality or destroy it? Why is VICTORIOUS in New York-and what will that mean for the HUMAN TORCH? All this and an appearance by DOCTOR DOOM! One of the most important characters in the entire cosmos…returns from the dead! And a major turning point in the history of the FANTASTIC FOUR!
Rated T In Shops: Oct 21, 2020 SRP: $5.99

I bought my comics this week from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

Chadwick Boseman
Piranha Comics logo.

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.

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