One of the members of the Fantastic Four will die tomorrow. Given comic book characters’ propensity for reincarnation I wouldn’t weep too much.
The death issue is hitting comic shops on a Tuesday instead of the typical comic book Wednesday because issues like this tend to attract massive crowds of people who don’t read comics. If you’re one of those people, here’s my advice:
Don’t buy Fantastic Four #587.
I don’t want to be misunderstood. I think it’s great when non comic fans start reading comics, but that’s not what these media attention grabbing death issues are about. They are about cashing in on ignorant speculation. The demand for this issue will be huge, and for the next month or two, Fantastic Four #587 will fetch a price much higher than what it says on its cover. Then everyone will stop caring, there and there will be a glut of the issue in the secondary market for decades. This kind of stuff has been happening since the Death of Superman; and that comic isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.
If you were thinking about buying Fantastic Four #587 do yourself a favor and go to your local comic shop and ask for a graphic novel like V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Y the Last Man, Sandman, Sin City, Kingdom Come, Pride of Baghdad, Superman: Red Son, or The Walking Dead.
There are so many amazing comics to read. Don’t waste your time and money buying a one-shot comic as an investment, I promise you it won’t be worth much a year from now (Unless you’re looking at a pre WWII comic).