The Transparent Fox:
Fantastic Four #30
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #30
Review/plot: The FF are vacationing in Transylvania (why?) and, lost in the woods, they stumble on an old castle. They are found by Baron Hugo, who tells them the story of Diablo, an evil alchemist who discovered immortality but was trapped in the castle 100 year ago. That night, the Thing is possessed by Diablo, and he goes to the castle and frees him. In return, Diablo gives him a potion that changes Ben into a slightly more human form while keeping his strength. Diablo will give him the other half of the potion if the Thing agrees to work with him for one year.
The rest of the FF object, but Ben fights them off.
Diablo then goes about establishing a Golden Age on Earth - making deserts fertile, handing out immortality potions, and creating other technological wonders.
He's also amassing an army with the money he makes, but if you think about it, a man like Diablo could wind up with a lot of enemies from governments and corporations that wouldn't like him changing the status quo. However Reed "proves" that Diablo's potions are fake, and soon after, all of the things Diablo created start falling apart. I truly suspect that Reed Richard somehow sabotaged everything.
While the UN deliberates what to do about Diablo, Reed, Sue, and Johnny attack pre-emptively, with Reed stating "The UN must wait until all the votes are in, and then submit their plans for action to special committees. But we can move now, and that's just what we'll do!" Total right-winger. Don't tell me this guy wouldn't sign up with the pro-registration side in Civil War. The FF fight Diablo, and the Thing joins them...
...and they lock Diablo back up in his castle.
The issue ends with what is officially the silliest ending ever. The FF get lost again in the woods of Transylvania, and the last panel shows them all with goofy grins and Johnny saying "Boy, oh boy! It could only happen to us!!"
I thought this was a cool picture of the Human Torch. They've been around for so long, sometimes you forgot how awesome these characters are. This guy is on fire.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
I think they were in Transylvania rather than a tourist trap for privacy. I really don't get why you want to paint Reed as such a jerk.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | October 29, 2016 8:59 PM
On vacation... in Transylvania... for privacy... but hiking around in uniform. At least Johnny wasn't needlessly flamed on like he usually is on the splash page.
Posted by: Michael Grabowski | April 18, 2017 10:54 PM
My thought is if Diablo was based in Transylvania of all places...wouldn't that be close enough to Latveria that Doom would know about him and that he was probably someone to not mess with...or ignore since...well, Doom? (heck, it would have been cool if Doom had some of Diablo's research for his own)
Posted by: Ataru320 | April 19, 2017 8:52 AM
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