Characters Appearing: Black Bolt, Blackout, Crystal, Dazzler, Gorgon, Janet McEntee, Karnak, Lockjaw, Luna, Medusa, Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Mr. Fantastic, Quicksilver, Triton
Issue(s): Dazzler #32
They need her help, but Alison is trying to maintain a normal, non-superhero life. Eventually, however, she's guilted into it, in part because Black Bolt helped her out against the Absorbing Man a while back.
The menace turns out to be Moonstone and Blackout.
Two villains that i happen to like. At least, it turns out, when Roger Stern is writing them. Here, not so much. Instead of a manipulative Moonstone controlling a spaced out Blackout, we have what amounts to a bickering couple.
Blackout seems perfectly intelligent, a lot closer to his original appearance in Nova. So i guess he's temporarily regained his sanity, but it's a lot less interesting.
Their plot is odd as well. They apparently teleported to the moon after fleeing the Avengers in their last appearance. Moonstone wants to get back to the Blue Area, which is where the moon stone that provided her powers came from. She thinks if she can get more such rocks it'll increase her powers. She's not aware that the Inhumans have moved to the Blue Area. She and Blackout are traveling under cover of his darkness power, in theory to avoid detection. But instead of just covering themselves in a little darkness that moves along with them, Blackout continually spreads out the darkness. The growing cloud has drawn the Inhumans attention and is also straining Blackout to his limit.
To pierce the darkness, Black Bolt shouts at Dazzler, who absorbs his shout and blasts the resultant light at Blackout's cloud.
(Nice color effect in that second picture.)
Once exposed, Quicksilver takes the villains out.
Mr. Fantastic detects the ongoing battle from the Baxter Building...
...but Crystal informs him that things are currently under control. Later he suggests having Lockjaw teleport the villains to Project Pegasus. Moonstone is shown being restrained by handcuffs.
One imagines that as soon as she has a minute to catch her breath, she just phases out of them and escapes with Blackout.
I love Medusa's "incognito" look. Also note that she refers to Lockjaw as her "companion", possibly reflecting the revelation in Thing #3 that Lockjaw is a sentient Inhuman, not a pet. She still has him on a leash, though, although i guess that could be part of their "disguise".
I don't know what Dazzler is wearing in this issue.
There's enough bizarre concepts here to make this comic interesting, but the scripting isn't great and like i said, Moonstone and Blackout aren't represented well.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 134,764. Single issue closest to filing date = 117,507.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Quicksilver begins a quest in Avengers #243 that runs through Avengers #247. So in order to make room for that, we have to push this issue back a bit in publication time. The MCP places this before Avengers #243 for Quicksilver and before Fantastic Four #265 for Mr. Fantastic.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Dazzler's boobs are bizarrely not even close to the same size in that last panel.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 2, 2011 2:49 AM
Bright does a pretty good job here of making up for Colletta's crappy inking.
Posted by: MegaSpiderMan | October 18, 2016 9:15 PM
Mark - That's probably the moon gravity.
Posted by: Karel | November 4, 2017 4:02 PM
Blackout says the dark side of the moon "ain't really dark--only turned away from the sun." This isn't quite right. The moon mostly presents the same face to Earth - there's a kind of wobble called libration - but it rotates with respect to the sun. Whatever part is facing away from the sun is dark.
The far side from us is sometimes called the dark side, but it experiences lunar night and day like the rest of the moon. When a day part of Earth is visible from a night part of the moon that part of the moon gets Earthshine.
In the issue Earth can be seen from the Great Refuge. That places the Blue Area either in the part that always faces Earth or in one of those areas at the edge of the lunar disc that sometimes do.
Posted by: Luke Blanchard | March 29, 2018 3:03 AM
There is no dark side of the moon, really. Matter of fact, it's all dark.
Posted by: Morgan Wick | March 29, 2018 5:06 PM
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