The Thing #4 shows a horrific nightmare scenario with the new Marvel villain Mot

The Thing #4 excerpt
The Thing #4 excerpt (Image credit: Tom Reilly/Jordie Bellaire/Joe Sabino (Marvel Comics))

Iconic prose novelist Walter Mosley is many things to many people, but to me one of the big things is that he's a fellow Fantastic Four fan. Over the past few months, Mosley has been able to strike a goal off his bucket list and write an actual Fantastic Four story itself - and he's playing for keeps.

In a preview of February 2's The Thing #4 by Mosley and series artist Tom Reilly, the Thing's future wife Alicia Masters has a vividly traumatic dream of Ben having his head caved in with an axe from a mystery assailant. Check it out:

So who is the axe-wielding Grim Reaper-looking fellow? No, it's not the Grim Reaper himself - it's a new character called Mot, who Mosley and Reilly have created for their Thing series. Mot has been the big bad of the Thing so far, using intermediaries such as the Champion, a new villain called Brusque, and others to make the hero's life as difficult as possible. And now, he's intruding in on not just Ben Grimm's life, but Alicia's as well.

Mosley and Reilly's Thing series is one of several recent 'untold tales' style stories - new stories set in past, familiar Marvel continuity. This series is years prior to the Thing and Alicia getting married, and delving into a time when the two lovebirds broke up - and it appears Mot is to blame.

Reilly has drawn the main cover to The Thing #4, and he's joined with a variant from Joshua Cassara and colorist Dean White. You can check them both out here:

The Thing #4 (of 6) goes on sale on February 2.

Ben Grimm is the foundation of many of the best Fantastic Four stories of all time.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)