Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3
Issue(s): Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3
Now, i certainly perked up when i read that. Who could have driven them off? The Celestials hadn't been invented yet. The Kree? The Inhumans? The Asgardians? Well, it turns out that it was just us humans, because apparently the Horsemen just kind of disappear whenever we touch them.
So despite this being an all-fight giant-size issue, the battles are kinda dumb and the whole story feels more than a little pointless.
The Horsemen did spread around their war, hunger, pestilence, and death before the Fantastic Four drove them off, but there's no depiction of the aftermath of that.
It's said that Earth is "the nexus -- the celestial center of the circle of civilized worlds".
I think that basic idea is true (in the comics!) and used to justify the repeat visits from various aliens as well as the reason we get sucked into the Kree and Skrull plots all the time.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP puts this between FF #154-155.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showDeath (Axi-Tun), Famine (Axi-Tun), Human Torch, Medusa, Mr. Fantastic, Pestilence (Axi-Tun), Thing, War (Axi-Tun)
The Four Horsemen appear again in Quasar.
Posted by: Michael | April 19, 2013 7:30 PM
Looked them up and tagged them. The Stranger sure was doing a good job cleaning up the Marvel Universe; if only he'd been left alone to keep all these random guys in lock-down.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 20, 2013 5:40 PM
Aren't the Horsemen supposed to be the same kind of aliens as the fake Norse gods in Invaders #1-2?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | April 20, 2013 7:20 PM
Yes, they're Axi-Tun. Their race shows up again in the rather obscure Star Masters team book and Cosmic Powers Unlimited in the mid-90s.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 20, 2013 8:20 PM
Thanks guys. I've put a note in the Invaders entry. I actually like the fact that this alien species has been consolidated with those guys; they obviously have a similar motif.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 20, 2013 8:54 PM
In Comics Interview #50, George Perez stated that while acting as Rich Buckler's assistant, he contributed layouts to this issue.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 6, 2014 3:33 PM
The story makes a lot more sense if you assume Reed is wrong and that the "ancient curse" is actually a curse; certainly the Horsemen's powers feel more like magic than science.
Still a dog of a story, though.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | November 23, 2015 6:24 AM
I agree that this story is somewhat underwhelming, but I also regard GS FF #3 as having some of the best work that Rich Buckler did on Fantastic Four.
Posted by: Ben Herman | September 24, 2016 3:08 PM
Comments are now closed.
|SuperMegaMonkey home | Comics Chronology home|