Fantastic Four #415
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #415
"Charlie" has taught Franklin Richards how to create a circus environment based on the memories of Magneto.
They are interrupted by the FF returning from Subspace.
Not long after that, Professor X shows up at Four Freedoms Plaza (and Roberta can tell he's up to no good).
He demands that the FF put Franklin in his custody.
At the same time, a combo of Avengers and X-Men try to contact the FF to warn them that Franklin is in danger, but Xavier's astral form puts Scott Lang to sleep.
So they use Lockjaw to teleport themselves to the FF headquarters (their arrival interrupts Lyja from once again attempting to confess to the Human Torch that "Laura Green" is an identity that she's been using). But before they find the FF, Onslaught manifests.
During the subsequent fight, Onslaught hesitates when attacking Crystal (the implication being that Magneto would be hesitant to attack his son's wife). Nathaniel Richards uses that moment to attack, thinking that his armor will shield him from Onslaughts psionics. It doesn't work out.
The fight continues.
Onslaught briefly reverts to Xavier's form during the battle.
We also see Mr. Fantastic hulking-out (or Thing-ing out).
But it doesn't help, and Onslaught kidnaps Franklin.
I have to admire Tom DeFalco's commitment to not wrapping things up, so that even with this crossover and the upcoming end of the series, he's still dragging out Lyja's Laura Green confession. Beyond that, though, thanks to Carlos Pacheco replacing Paul Ryan, this feels more like a non-FF-specific chapter in the Onslaught crossover and not a part of the FF run. Which is fine with me.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is an Impact 1 issue. The beginning of this issue, with Franklin and "Charlie" takes place directly before the FF return from Subspace after dealing with Hyperstorm last issue. But the rest of this takes place after Onslaught: X-Men, and we saw Franklin eating breakfast with his family (and being visited by Charlie) in that issue. So the opening sequence must take place earlier than the rest of the story (and that potentially allows other appearances of the FF between this issue and last as well). Franklin is kidnapped in this story, which is an early event/marker for the crossover. We're pointed to X-Men #55 to read next (but other events may be going on simultaneously).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAnt-Man (Scott Lang), Apocalypse, Bishop, Black Widow, Crystal, Franklin Richards, Hawkeye, Henry Pym, Human Torch, Iceman, Invisible Woman, Lockjaw, Lyja the Lazerfist, Mr. Fantastic, Nathaniel Richards, Onslaught, Professor X, Roberta, Thing, Uatu the Watcher, Wasp
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