In case you missed it, the big news in the world of comics is that the Fantastic Four is now the Fantastic Three. Yesterday, the new Fantastic Four came out to much fanfare, as fans of the comic had eagerly been awaiting finding out which member would be meeting their much-publicized end.
A page from the new issue of Fantastic Four (Marvel)
Turns out it was Johnny Storm, aka The Human Torch. Why should anyone around here who isn't into comics care? Because the man who snuffed out Torch is our pal and Florence-native Jonathan Hickman. (Click here for an interview with Hickman about the issue). Hickman had another Sandlapper as his accomplice, as Columbia's Steve Epting handled the art, while Hickman handled the story.
Not every day that two of South Carolina's own make headlines in the Entertainment world, so this is kind of a big deal. To get an idea of how this came about, click here.
Hickman still toils deep behind the Pine Curtain, so stop by his website periodically or follow him on Twitter ( @jhickman ) to see what is going on.