Fantastic Four #191
Written By Len Wein
Pencils By George Perez
Inks By Joe Sinnott
Colors By Glynis Wein
Tash Moore here, as myself and all the other Verbal Moshers get ready to prep for New York Comic Con, I decided to hammer out another Fantastic Four rant. Hey, I am just sitting around drinking coffee. Might as well be productive. In a tale titled “Four No More” from the regular creative team of Len Wein and George Perez, we get the break up of the FF. This tale did bring a tear to my eye. It was done in a very soap opera fashion, BUT and I do say BUT, the ham was kept to a minimum. Wein and Perez crafted a tale that many modern age teams should look at at how to go about with a story.
Aw, who am I kidding? Most modern age teams have tried and failed to recreate the same magic that’s inside these pages. Or you know, just flat out stole the fucking idea. You know it’s true.
The story opens up with the owner of the Baxter Building putting up a “For Rent” sign in the front. Holy shit, if this story took place in the modern area some jerk ass celeb would be rushing to rent this place. TMZ would be all over this in a heartbeat. Johnny and Ben along with Sue don’t want the FF to break up but hey, when Reed’s the boss, you just gotta go along with it. No word if Tony Danza called Reed Richards to confirm on his boss-ness. Judith Light might be pissed. (Just saying.)
Reed called SHIELD to come and take away all his gadgets. Since he’s a normal man now who’s going to live in the suburbs, he really doesn’t need it. Also the money that SHIELD is going to pay him comes in handy. Johnny is going to the Midwest so he can race cars. I guess NASCAR wasn’t around in the 1970’s. (Somebody google this for me, I’m too lazy to check.) The Thing is going to spend more time with Alicia Masters. Sue and Reed will play family in the burbs. Everyone but Reed leaves the Baxter Building, leaving Reed to make sure that SHIELD has everything in order with his gadgets.
But swerve! The SHIELD agents are really working for a villain called the Plunder! And he’s here to uhmmm... plunder. Yeah. Makes sense to me. But really, with a bad guy name like that you really limit yourself. That’s just like Disco Stu. No mystery there, folks. So Plunder and his group of jerk asses attack Reed but Reed holds his own. So we get the story that Reed (before any Marvel NOW reboot) still remembers his old World War 2 training. (Hey, I didn’t write this.) Reed pretty much holds his own until the numbers game gets to him and he makes a mad dash to a gun and fires it into the sky! It’s not just any gun, it’s the Fantastic Four Flare Gun! Reed fires it into the air calling all the other members of the FF.
So you get the Fantastic Four and Plunder and his goons fighting each other. Plunder turns the table by using Reed’s inventions to take down the super powered members of the FF. But Reed reached a control panel that turns on the fail safe in all gadgets that were created by the former Mr. Fantastic. Thing and Human Torch mop up the bad guys. But just when it seems like all this is pointing to FF staying together, Reed pulls a heel move STILL and tells them they have to break up. Reed puts the For Sale sign back in front of the Baxter Building and they all look sad and walk away into the sunset. Great story that pulled all the right strings. ( G and D !?!) With art that shows why the Marvel method still works well. Hell, George Perez even drew a splash panel. When was the last time someone typed that. Well, that was fun and I’m excited to see how this spins in future issues. I’ll be back soon.