FANTASTIC FOUR #178-183: Evil Reed (1977)


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…
…Sue figures out that she’s been hugging the wrong stretcho…
…And Impossible Man is useless because he’s discovered TV.
In the end, Counter-Earth Reed sacrifices himself to save “real” Reed, who is now depowered.
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.

Finally, some real life politicians respond to the crisis:


NYC Mayor Abe Beame and three Presidents.  Carter is eating peanuts, Gerry has a band-aid and Reagan mentions another actor.  What is this, Mad Magazine?

Creators: Roy Thomas and Ron Wilson

Grade: B-

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