I've got plans this evening that will go well past the assigned deadline so I'm going to have to post this afternoon. Fortunately it sounds like I'm being told to start on a slower burn, so it's less likely that Sean's going to have any objections to the following more self-contained 3-issue arcs:
Creative Team Request: First thing, ask Amanda Conner if she'd like/wouldn't mind having to draw only 14 pages or so for each of these first three issues, so she's got some room to settle in, the remaining pages bein flashbacks to She-Hulk era FF drawn by John Byrne (alt. Paul Ryan, alt. Amanda Conner). If this is approved, the following would reflect Byrne's or Ryan's involvement:
HEY, PREVIEWS!!! HERE'S THREE MONTHS OF SOLICITATIONS!!!
New Creative Team Dwayne McDuffie & Amanda Conner (with John Byrne!)
Cover by (John Byrne?) Amanda Conner (alt. Horn, alt. Land,)
THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 1 (OF 3)
Jen's last mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. pits her against villain she first faced during her days in the Fantastic Four. Featuring flashbacks to classic times drawn by John Byrne!
McDuffie & Conner (and Byrne!)
THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 2 (OF 3)
Jen's final mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a turn for the worse as Psycho-Man steps up his game and Jen remembers how much easier her job is when you're not all alone.
McDuffie & Conner (& Byrne!)
THE GOOD OLD DAYS PART 3 (OF 3)
Jen digs deep to put an end to Psycho-Man's rampage and makes a fateful decision about her future. With an appearance from the modern-day Fantastic Four (only on the l!
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New Creative Team Dan Slott and Mike Deodato Jr.
Cover by Ed McGuinness
SOFTBALL AND EMPTY PROMISES
As the New Fantastic Four team up with the Mighty Avengers for a charity softball game against Force Works and the Rangers, Sue and Reed Richards take a long hard look at their relationship, and Sue says four words that will rock the foundation of their marriage forever.
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Slott and Deodato Jr.
STORMY WATERS, SILVER WINGS
The New Fantastic Four assist Namor in thwarting a horrifying sea monster in New York Harbor, whether he wants their help or not! The Silver Surfer shows up to deliver a prophetic message from a most unexpected source! Gravity demonstrates why it's a good thing he's not dead anymore! Oh, and Reed and Sue reappear to officially rejoin the Fantastic Four.
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Slott and Deodato Jr.
THE FANTASTIC SIX
The Original Fantastic Four, Black Panther and Storm pool their resources with Namor and Gravity to either help the poor mutated sea monster or put it out of its misery! Action! Derring-do! A profession of love! The Thing gets covered in sea monster slime! Oh, and a surprise guest shows up at the Baxter Building!
Tom, can I include the Black Panther book in the crossover?
Then I'll coordinate on the upcoming crossover, double-checking if anybody needs fill-ins for an issue so we can stay on schedule (I'd be willing to find Deodato a replacement for the She-Hulk Crossover so he can get a head start on the Road to Defenders arc, and if either McDuffie or Slott wanted to take those issues off for some breathing room I'd see if the other would like to write all 4 issues of the crossover).
I'll check with marketing about whether or not they've got enough lead time on the described FF/She-Hulk/FFLA/crossover promotions and beyond.
Finally I'll send an email to Wacker congratulating him on the job. As counter-programming to that, I've pitched several crossovers to the EIC because I really feel like we need a linewide event to compete with this brash young upstart.