FANTASTIC FOUR #81-83: THE HUMAN TORCH IS A RAPIST

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In a blow to feminists everywhere, Susan Storm decides she can’t be a working mom.  There’s a little more to it than that, actually—she decides that her job is too dangerous and therefore it’s not right to raise a kid in the Baxter Building.  So, Johnny’s girlfriend, the Inhuman Crystal joins the group over the course of these two done-in-one issues.
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But the amazing thing is we learn that Crystal is a minor!  That means that Johnny Storm committed statutory rape!  How is this not a big deal?
Answer: Maybe it is? 
In #95, Lockjaw and Medusa arrive and take Crystal back to be with her kind.  Check out the drama with Lockjaw’s entrance…
But first, in #83, we get to see that Sue Storm is also a dumb blonde.  The more she thinks, the more she gets confused!  Sigh.
Also, Mr. Fantastic tells everyone to “buckle up” but I don’t think the fantasti-car has seatbelts.
Creators: Lee, Kirby

Grade: C-

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