Fantastic Four #81
Issue(s): Fantastic Four #81
She'd like to be a replacement for the Invisible Girl on the FF (who is still recovering with the baby) (actually, she tells Reed she'd like to be a replacement for his wife, which... sounds wrong). Reed and Johnny both tell her oh, it's too dangerous, it's not about power, it's about control and the ability to follow orders, and Reed says he'll think about it.
Then the Wizard attacks with souped up power gloves...
...and Johnny puts the lie to all that stuff about following orders when he ignored Reed's order to stay put and heads off after the Wizard alone. After a book-long fight, it's Crystal who defeats the Wizard, and it's the remainder of the FF's incompetence that lets him get away.
Yes! Poor Crystal has been hanging around on the sidelines for 18 issues even though she's as powerful as any of the FF, and as she rightly points out in this issue, she grew up with her powers and has had them longer than any of the Fantastic Four.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel's Greatest Comics #63
Crystal was nothing less than magnificent in this issue. If not for her efforts, the Wizard might well have defeated the three male members of the Fantastic Four. Believe it or not, quite a few fans back in the 1960's were so impressed with Crystal, that they wanted her to become a full-time member of the Fantastic Four, even if it meant that Crystal replace the Invisible Girl permanently!
Posted by: Frightful Four fan | May 9, 2013 4:07 PM
Great blog, thanks for sharing!
Posted by: bijoux swarovski | March 2, 2014 8:25 PM
"Tell me I can be your wife's replacement! I know you need me... and I know I can do it!"
Geez, Crys, if you insist...
Posted by: Mortificator | March 12, 2016 7:33 PM
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