'Fantastic Four' death revealed, Human Torch snuffed

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The folks at Marvel might want to start looking into a new alliterative moniker, because "The Fantastic Four" will soon be no more.

After recent teases that the comic book franchise would lose a major character in an upcoming issue, The New York Times confirms that it's Human Torch, Johnny Storm.

The Gray Lady writes, "Johnny Storm's life is taken amid a massive battle that writer Jonathan Hickman has been scripting for a year-and-half."

Johnny's last showing in the "The Fantastic Four," issue 588, will also be the last in the franchise -- though it seems clear the remaining characters will carry on in another incarnation.

But will they really have to go it alone? Maybe not. As in the world of soap operas, death in the comics frequently lack permanence.

"While I will never discount that a character can come back from the dead because it is one of the staples of comic book story telling," says Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada. "I'm not going to tell you if he will, or when he will and if he does, how he will, but I can assure you that it's going to be very, very interesting and not what anyone expects."
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