Reed Richards is one of the most important characters in Marvel’s history. He’s the father figure of the Fantastic Four, the first superhero series that began turning a then-unremarkable publisher into a cultural powerhouse. There used to be dozens of versions of Reed but now there’s only one. And he’s not here to save the world.
Over the last month, The House of Spidey has been rolling out the first few titles of what they’re calling All-New, All-Different Marvel. It’s not a reboot, where they erase past continuity. Instead, they’re spacing the first issues of these new relaunched titles eight months out from the event of the still-unspooling Secret Wars. Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm are active on different super-teams but Reed and Sue nowhere to be seen.