Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Comics Rant: Fantastic Four #196

Fantastic Four #196
Written By Marv Wolfman
Pencils By Keith Pollard
Inks By Pablo Marcos
Colors By G.Wein

Talk about an awesome ending. But I'll get to that soon. Tash Moore here and I'm back from eating all the turkey and ham and hot sauce from Thanksgiving. After taking some time off and looking at the site and saying "Holy Shit, I need to write a new rant," I'm here. With a new rant. Yup. So Fantastic Four #196 has a new creative team of Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard. But it doesn't start all over with a new story. This is Bronze Age Marvel baby, so the story just keeps on moving on. No Part one of five, FTW!

So this issue starts up with Reed in his damn underwear. Yeah, it's kind of strange, but hey, I didn't write it. Marv Wolfman did.
So go blame him. So Reed is wearing his Sunday's best and being hit with a hypno-ray. The ray gun is making him think bad guy thoughts. You know, like turning heel on his whole family and killing them. So like I said, bad guy thoughts. Back in California, The Thing and Johnny Storm go see Sue Storm to catch up.

While going to grab a meal Sue, Johnny and Ben get attacked by a dude wearing all green. Think Robin Hood in a green outfit. Okay, wait, now I bet you are thinking of Green Arrow. Okay, so don't think of that. Okay, think of this guy as wearing the Green Arrow outfit but with big ass goggles. That's better. So Ben and Johnny are all about trying to get the Fantastic Four going again. Sue says she'll use her female powers to make Reed change his mind.

So the terrific threesome (sounds strange.) are having lunch and then the green goggled dude burst into the restaurant and attacks them. You pretty much know what happens next. The goggled dude is going by the name of the Invincible Man. Quick, someone call Robert Kirkman so he can cash yet another check. Oh wait, not THAT Invincible. My mistake. So Sue, Johnny and Ben are beaten and taken from California to New York by high speed jet.

When Sue, Johnny and Ben wake up, they meet the face of the main villain. It's some Blond hair guy that they don't even know! You know, that makes sense. Most crimes against super heroes come from people they don't know. Right? Whoops, I guess not. It's the other way around. My bad. Oh and the Invincible Man turns out to be Reed Richards! Dun, Dun, Dun!

Reed is now being forced by the blond haired man to help him build this giant ray gun to make everyone in the United States go crazy. Hey, it's not my plan. Reed keeps asking just who this blond hair guy is and he just keeps slapping Reed every time he asks him. Seems like a solid plan. If a co worker gets out of line, just slap them. If this is true I should be an EVP by noon tomorrow at my job. So Reed gets to work on this crazy ray gun while the other three from the FF sneak out of their holding cells.

So I don't want to spoil this but I'm pretty sure that this is the first appearance of the DoomBots. If it isn't email me at and let me know. But yes, Doctor Doom makes his return after escaping being killed sooo many months ago. Great splash page at the end and Marv Wolfman hit all the right notes and it's cool to see a classic FF baddie make his return to the pages of the "World's Greatest Comic Magazine." Artist Keith Pollard does a really good job of channeling the King, Jack Kirby when drawing Doom. Can't wait to see what happens next. So be back here in a week and we'll find out together. Well, not really. 'Cause I'll read it first then write a rant on it. So come on back then and don't forget to drop me a line.

-Tash Moore

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