Review-a-day: Fantastic Four (1961-1998) #46

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Review-a-day
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Continuing our look back to 1964/65 and the very first appearance of the Inhumans, issue #46 of the original Fantastic Four ongoing brings the first full scale battle between the Inhumans and the Fantastic Four, a reference to something that may be Terrigen Mists (though not by that name), a new villain, a budding romance, a bit of hypocrisy and a death.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty packed full issue to me, and it really is. So, let’s tackle the list in the above paragraph item by item. Counting the Inhumans escape at the end of the battle and the FF’s short-lived pursuit, the battle actually lasts for roughly have the issue, so you definitely get your fill of action in this one (especially with a section action sequence at the end of the issue). Focusing primarily on a brawl between Black Bolt and the Thing, it also serves as a learning experience for me, as I had no idea there was more to Black Bolt than his superpowered voice (which does not debut this issue). The Terrigen Mists reference I mentioned is almost nothing, just a small part of the Seeker’s explanation of the Inhumans history. I only assume that it’s what later become the terrigen Mists based on my knowledge of what the mists are today. On the subject of the Seeker, oddly enough, he doesn’t really come off as much as a villain in this issue as you might expect. By no means does he appear to be a good person, but neither is he a Doctor Doom/world domination type of a character. He just seems to be doing his job. Sure, the Inhumans are hiding from him, but to be fair, at this point they’re hiding from everybody. Now, it’s not stated explicitly, but there is some implication that the Seeker is an Inhuman himself (or one of the race that created the inhumans, it’s not entirely clear, or it wasn’t to me anyway). As I said, the Seeker just seems to be doing his job here, and that is returning, in his words, the escaped Inhumans to the Great Refuge, the place where the inhumans have been hidden away since the early days of human history. And this is where we get into the little bit of hypocrisy, not on the Seeker’s part, but Gorgon’s, who refuses to allow Medusa or Crystal to leave the family for the human world, but clearly has no interest in allowing the Seeker to bring them all back to the Great Refuge. Alright, i’m sure we’ll probably see next issue that there is something more sinister to the Seeker and the Great Refuge, but for this issue by itself, Gorgon and the Seeker don’t really seem all that different. And lastly, the death…um, nope. I’m not going to spoil that here in case you are so inclined to pick this issue up (don’t worry, it’s not a major one).

This was another strong issue in this arc, certainly full of entertainment from cover to cover, and I didn’t even get into Dragon Man’s role in the conclusion of the issue. No worries though, from the looks of it I’ll have plenty of reason to talk about Dragon Man when i take a look at the next issue. And I completely forgot the budding romance. Let’s just say that Crystal seems to have gotten over Johnny’s creepiness from last issue.

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Score: 9.0

Written By: Stan Lee
Art By: Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott
Letters By: Artie Simek
Price: $1.99 (on ComiXology)

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