FANTASTIC FOUR #102-104: The War With Atlantis, And Jack’s Last Issue

First of all, Reed’s science gets all domestic.

And Ben is jealous.

Then a threat coming from Atlantis, as the underwater city starts a war against the surface world.

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The war with Atlantis started with Ben Grimm’s big sneeze.

Some good action sequences.

And of course, in the end, the FF and Namor team up against the real threat.

Technically, “The War With Atlantis” is a Marvel event, a.k.a. “Atlantis Attacks,” that ran through the 1989 crop of Marvel annuals.  In reality, though, the Fantastic Four went to battle to save humans from Namor with a mad on back in these issues of the FF.  Sadly, Fantastic Four #102 was Jack Kirby’s last issue.  But this was a really “big,” important and influential arc–even without King Kirby.

You’ll remember that Magneto was “killed” at the end of X-Men #63.  At the beginning of this story, Sub-Mariner finds his limp, near death body.  He aligns with Magneto.

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But soon Namor started acting like a big jerk (as usual) and thinking he was the boss of everything and everyone.  His pride makes him easy to be manipulated by Magneto, who looks weird in this picture, drawn by John Romita.  Romita would draw only a  few issues, #102-106 and #108.

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Anyway, by the end of the story, Namor predictably sides with the FF and all is right with the world in the end.

Magneto gets imprisoned by Crystal in a “core magnetic force.”

Franklin Richards is at Agatha’s during this story.

IMG_0321Also, Richard Nixon appears throughout, trying to negotiate with Atlantis.

Creators: Stan and Jack; Stan and John Romita
Grade: C

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