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posted by Jessica Morris in Books

The Human Torch gets a cell phone!

February 7, 2012

According to Matt Moore of the Associated Press, Marvel Comics is updating the origin of the Fantastic Four this week in a sleeker tale dubbed "Season One" with a more contemporary vibe, while sticking to the roots of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, brother Johnny, and Ben Grimm, otherwise known for the past 51 years as Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing.

"The aim is definitely to continue to keep these characters relevant in an ever-changing world, but also to tell a new story set within this time frame, not merely recount or retell comics that other people have previously done," said Tom Breevort, who edits the publisher's Fantastic Four line of books.

"We tweaked elements where it made sense. Everybody in the 'Season One' books has a cell phone, for example, but we tried to maintain the spirit of the seminal stories that these tales are built upon," he said.

The revision is part of Marvel's push to add modern touches to its characters. Marvel also is bringing a modern spin to the origins of its other classic characters this year in similar "Season One" editions, including Daredevil, Spider-Man and the X-Men.

This just seems a little ridicuous! I get that we live in an "ever-changing" technological world, but is this really neccessary?

Am I missing something or does the Human Torch really need a cell phone? What do you think?

 

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