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Fantastic Four (1961) #43

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JackStamper member

A nice ending, but the Torch/Medusa-Stuff is kinda...sporadic... I do understand it though, Johnny is still young, and his professionalism up to now was a bit too much at times. This time he at first steals the capture from his sister, and then hesitates to go through with it just enough for Medusa to escape. That's ok. Of course: It shouldn't happen a second time. And I really like their reactions afterwards: Johnny says, he couldn't reach her, trying to hide his moment of weakness. Reed isn't buying it, so Johnny spills the beans and waits to be punished until the end...but Reed simply acknowledges, that this simply is a goof up, that could happen, and doesn't dig deeper. After all, Johnny already did exceptionally well by pretending to be turned (which just reeks like a spontanious retcon for part 2).

There are some hickups in the story, though. Reed casually tinkering with the things mind is just a big setup for the mad scientist jokes (f.e.: He already had all members under mindcontrol, and the Wizard just broke his control on the Thing). He also kinda put the Thing in a live-threatening situation, just to stop him being an enemy. It may have been more humane to just keep him in the cell he made, until the evil FF-situation is cleared up, then take in the ID-machine and analyze it, really reversing the situation, instead of overwriting it. But...well, evil scientist and all.

Why do Johnnys powers return, after the controls for the disk get destroyed? How does Reed know this will happen, instead of the more logical "Power goes off, disk and Torch fall down and squish some cars"?

Overall, a nice story, and some nice hooks for the upcoming annual. Can't wait to read it!

Suelover member

This issue concludes the FF-Frightful Four trilogy. There is a brief, but still nice catfight here between Madam Medusa and Sue Storm. Unfortunately, when Medusa turns the tables on Sue and starts beating her, Reed intervenes to end the fight.