Characters Appearing: Crystal, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mad Thinker, Mr. Fantastic, Puppet Master, Thing
Fantastic Four #100
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #100
It's cool to see Kirby draw all of the FF's old foes...
....especially knowing Kirby will soon be leaving the book, but as a story, there's not much there.
Once again at the end of this issue the Puppet Master (and the Thinker) is seemingly killed in an explosion without actually being confronted by the story's protagonists (this time it happens when they create a Hulk robot which is too much like the original Hulk to be controlled).
It was nice to see that even after the capture of Egghead, the remnants of the Evil Alliance are sticking together.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Last issue Crystal said she would have to remain at home with Black Bolt for a while longer but this issue she is returning with the rest of the FF. It seems the FF waited in Attilan while Black Bolt recovered. I guess Ben didn't make that ski trip after all.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel's Greatest Comics #81
I look forward to seeing what you think of the "Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Comics Magazine!" 12 issue, 2001 series that takes place between this issue and FF 101!
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | August 21, 2013 1:11 AM
Rather oddly, the FF, who have recently fought perfect duplicates of themselves created by the Mad Thinker, deduce that only one person could have constructed robots with the powers and memories of their old foes...yes, it must be the Puppet Master!
Also, while it's standard comics storytelling -- and will happen again in Amazing Spider-Man #150 -- I have to wonder how you build a functional Sandman robot. I guess the Thinker's theft of unstable molecule data in his first appearance might cover it.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | October 17, 2015 10:09 AM
Jay: I can't wait for that either. I loved it when it came out, but haven't looked at it in years. I wonder if it holds up...
Posted by: Adam Dale | March 26, 2016 11:15 AM
I read this issue this morning and the main reviewer is spot on with my views. Funnily I had more trouble keeping the cover attached to my comic than reading the story! :) Kirkby art fantastic!
Posted by: Roderick | May 21, 2016 1:13 AM
So is it safe to say that there will not be including of ‘the worlds greatest comic magazine’ (2001)? Written by Kurt Busiek it should have just as much placement as ‘untold tales of Spiderman’
Posted by: Mdentlogan | April 15, 2018 1:55 AM
You almost had me cancelling my pre-order for the trade of that series coming out in a few months time by saying Busiek wrote it... he didn't, phewp. It was Erik Larsen and Eric Stephenson with a guest contributor, Busiek only did #6.
Posted by: AF | April 15, 2018 6:50 AM
And from the sounds of it, it is a bit of a shaggy dog story.
"Reed uses the Cosmic Cube to undo all the damage done and restore everything as it was prior to the beginning of Doom's scheme which began in Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comics Magazine #1. As the Cube itself was plucked out of time after it was lost in the sea by the Red Skull back in Tales of Suspense #81. It was sent back to its proper place in time where it was later recovered by the Sub-Mariner and used against the Avengers in Avengers #40 before being lost again. All memories of these events were forgotten by everyone except Reed Richards, Galactus, and the Watcher, although the events of this series are never mentioned again."
Posted by: AF | April 15, 2018 6:56 AM
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Comic Magazine is listed on the What's Missing page, but not on the Out of Scope page. Frankly I'm not sure if that means it will or won't be included in the project, or even whether or not that decision has even been decided yet. Such a decision might or might not be made before fnord12 starts adding entries for 2001 (he's presently working on 1994). Such a decision might or might not be influenced by the fact that issue #4 cover-features the awesomeness of MODOK! I'd personally like to see this series covered here too, but I'm not really counting on it. Finally, this question might get a better answer if we asked it in the Are you gonna cover... forum thread, so I'm doing that now.
Posted by: Holt | April 15, 2018 7:29 AM
I dunno why that last link didn't work. Trying again:
Posted by: Holt | April 15, 2018 7:34 AM
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