FANTASTIC FOUR #178-183: Evil Reed

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In this Negative Zone tale, Reed loses his powers and has to team up with Annihilus.  It’s actually very cool.  And I love the above panel.  It makes me think of the Sistine Chapel.

Anyway, the two mortal enemies figure out that they need to team up…
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…Sue figures out that she’s been hugging the wrong stretcho…
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…And Impossible Man is useless because he’s discovered TV.
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In the end, Counter-Earth Reed sacrifices himself to save “real” Reed, who is now depowered.
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One of the cool things about Jonathan Hickman’s recent Fantastic Four run was his use of all the alternate reality Reed Richardses.  Hickman made each alternate Reed have a distinct personality, but all of them were shades of the same Reed.  (Peter David has played with similar personality issues in his brilliant portrayals of Madrox in X-Factor over the past six-plus years.)  If Hickman didn’t consciously crib from this storyline, and the “Fifth Dimension” storyline, then I’ll eat my hat.

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