VIDEO: Jonathan Hickman at Image Expo: Manhattan Projects, Secret & Wrapping Up Fantastic Four

This past weekend, while attending Image Expo in Oakland, California, we caught up with writer Jonathan Hickman to chat about his upcoming projects.

Here’s the full video interview:


  • Hickman shares some info about his new ongoing series at Image Comics: Manhattan Projects (with artist Nick Pitarra) and Secret (with artist Ryan Bodenheim)
  • When discussing his schedule, Hickman reveals the status, and ending, of his current Marvel work as it looks like the Avengers Vs. X-Men event may have some big changes in the Marvel Universe, even for the creators:

“I’m off of Fantastic Four at the end of the year…S.H.I.E.L.D. is wrapping up. I turned in my last issue of Ultimates last week.”

  • When talking about design in comics, Hickman provides some advice for aspiring creators


  1. Finishing Fantastic Four. Leaving Ultimates because he got offered for a bigger title. Yeah, he’s taking over the Avengers. It makes sense: Why write the Avengers on alt-reality title, when you could instead be doing it in a mainstream, in continuity title.

  2. Bummed he is leaving Fantastic Four, its the only Marvel property I’ve been reading for the past year. I will follow him to Avengers if thats where he ends up, but…. still bummed.

  3. I’m very curious to see where he wraps things up with Fantastic Four, and perhaps even more curious to see who takes over for him.

  4. I’m totally pumped for all these awesome new Image projects, but I have to say that it’s sounding like the creative makeup of the post-AVX Marvel Universe is going to be really interesting. It’s exciting!

  5. love me some Hickman, but that guy is not so good with the eye contact is he? 😛

    • I think he’s getting better at it, actually.

    • Pretty weird that you both noticed.

    • I would think that eye contact would be challenging for creative types who are as cerebral as Hickman. He is constructing such incredibly sophisticated, richly detailed and elaborate universes to stage his stories in that talking about them requires a great deal of processing and recall I would imagine. At least that’s my impression.

  6. I’ve been re-reading the Hickman Fantastic Four/FF run.

    Seriously, everyone who is reading it, start over. It is way more awesome on the second read. Heartfelt, structured, with amazing characterization. Tons of great family moments and foreshadowing. Nathan, Val and Franklin are quickly becoming three of my favorite characters.

  7. Hickman rules! I’ll give anything he writes a try. I’m hoping the psychology book comes out sooner rather than later.

  8. So this means Brubaker will be leaving Captain America soon?

  9. Hickman’s a breath of fresh air over at Marvel. Love his style and works.

    Does anyone else listen to 11’Oclock Comics regularly and is completely baffled by those guys’ F4 bashing?

  10. cool interview…Hickman’s always interesting.

    would love to hear that design panel he was on at the expo…is there any video/audio of it anywhere?

  11. Sorry for the language but: What the fuck happened to SHIELD?

    I can’t even remember when the last issue came out and we’re so close to finishing it….It doesn’t seem to be coming out any time soon judging from the solicitations going to May. So what’s the deal there?

  12. Ugh, really? I’m loving his take on the FF. He actually writes it as a Sci-Fi book and not a super-hero one which I think is an interesting approach. Hope he writes the Avengers so I can start reading it again.

    As for the eye contact I’ve met him a few times and never noticed. Cons can be an overwhelming sensory overload for creators, they are typically pulled all over the place. It’s hard to be engaging for 72 hours.

  13. To be honest, I can’t remember you ever saying anything about the book, Jason. I guess you’d rather not engage Vince and DAP on the matter. I just found it to be, again, baffling, since F4 is nearly universally praised in its current incarnation.

  14. I’ve liked his FF run, and his SHIELD, and his Ultimates. He has a very unique voice and, imo, a strange way of telling stories that isn’t always satisfying (because it’s based around set-pieces and momentism) but IS always interesting.

    I don’t really care to see him on Avengers, though, if that’s going to be his next gig. Just doesn’t seem like a good match to me.

    If dreams could come true, I think he’d be a good fit for Marvelman. He thinks about superheroes in big scientific/mythic/godlike ways, much as Alan Moore did. (Oh that’s right, Gaiman still has to finish his run on that title. Oh that’s right, Marvel doesn’t really have the right to publish new issues of that property, even though everyone assumed that’s what they purchased.)

  15. didnt like fantastic four or FF, but i suspect that is just because i’m really not a fan of the characters. I’ll give the manhattan projects a shot, undecided about secret.