Characters Appearing: Alicia Masters, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Bridget O'Neil, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Lyja the Lazerfist, Nathaniel Richards, Puppet Master, Thing
Fantastic Four #393
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #393
Instead of homaging the Silver Age, Tom DeFalco is currently replicating the set-up from 200 issues ago. The Fantastic Four are broken up and in the run-up to issue #400 we're getting solo stories. This one is about the Thing, belatedly following up on Alicia Masters' mysterious disappearance (she stopped appearing after #376, the Thing noticed in #385). The Thing isn't actively searching for her here, but he's contacted by the Puppet Master. The Puppet Master knocks him out and the Thing wakes up in yet another fake world where he and Alicia are happily together. In fact, we are back in Liddleville.
It turns out that Alicia was so depressed after the Thing "abandoned" her that the Puppet Master felt the need to put her back in the fake happy world. The Thing tells Puppet Master that the painful real world is better than a fake happiness, and destroys the machinery. But he leaves before Alicia Masters awakes.
We do get subplots about the other FF characters. The Human Torch finds that he's not welcome back at ESU, but he does manage a coffee date with Bridget O'Neil. Which of course Lyja jealously watches from afar. And the Invisible Woman goes to Latveria and learns that Nathaniel Richards has been posing as Dr. Doom.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|