Appearing in "Thunder in the Ruins!"Edit
- Fantastic Four
- General Robles
Synopsis for "Thunder in the Ruins!"Edit
Johnny Storm has arrived in Terra Verde where he witnesses the air force attacking local peasants. At first thinking they are practicing war games, Johnny realizes the truth and comes to the citizens' aid and incapacitates the planes. When one jet sneaks up behind him, Johnny is shocked when it suddenly breaks apart and is shocked even more when he spots Crystal among the people down below. He rushes down to her side and kisses his long lost love. She swats him away, however, and insists that she is Ixchel, warning him against any such advances in the future. When Johnny tries to press the issue, "Ixchel" uses her elemental powers to douse his flame and leaves with her followers.
Meanwhile, Diablo has forced Lockjaw to teleport him into the palace of Terra Verde. After dispatching the guards, he confronts the ruler of the country, General Robles. Telling Robles that he intends to take over the country for his own ends, he teleports Robles back to the Mayan temple where he is stationed. There, they are attacked by the Human Torch who has caught up to Crystal. Diablo tries to fight back, but the Torch's flame powers have grown stronger since their last encounter. He then orders Crystal to attack the youth instead but soon realizes that the potion that keeps her under his control is slowly starting to lose its effectiveness. When Diablo rushes into the temple to try and get more of the potion, he is blocked by an invisible force field, announcing the arrival of the rest of the Fantastic Four who have flown to Terra Verde in the Pogo-Plane.
Diablo orders his followers to attack, and, while the locals clash with Reed and Sue, Lockjaw teleports the Thing away. As the battle rages, Diablo is too late to reapply his potions, and the Mayan temple reverts back to its original ruined state. Crystal is freed from his control. With Diablo exposed as a fraud, the locals stop fighting. Inside the temple, Diablo attempts another potion to get revenge against his foes when he is suddenly attacked by General Robles, causing his potion to be knocked out of his hands. At that moment, Lockjaw and the Thing return, and the Fantastic Four head toward the temple. However, before they can get close, it is destroyed in a massive explosion. With Diablo seemingly dead and Crystal free, she is happily reunited with Johnny. However, this reunion has to be short, and she tells him that she cannot be with him so long as Maximus rules the Inhuman throne, deciding to leave and liberate her homeland. Johnny tells her that he will wait for her to come back.
Appearing in "What Mad World?"Edit
Synopsis for "What Mad World?"Edit
During the battle between the Fantastic Four and Diablo, Lockjaw ended up teleporting the Thing to another location. They appear in what appears to be a foggy London street. Suddenly, Lockjaw is incapacitated by a ray blast by a man claiming to be Moriarty. The Thing punches out his attacker and is shocked to learn that it is a robot with the face of Reed Richards. Wanting to get to the bottom of this strange mystery, Ben smashes through a wall and finds himself in what appears to be a medieval castle. There another robot with Reed's characters claims to be the legendary Sheriff of Nottingham. Ben smashes these robots as well and exits outside a nearby door. Outside, he finds himself on the scene out of the American Frontier. There he is confronted by a trio of "Reed" robots claiming to be the Claytons. When the robots being shooting at Ben, a trap door suddenly opens and he falls into a highly fortified room. In another, visible from a pane of unbreakable glass, Ben sees Lockjaw, who is still incapacitated.
Suddenly, Ben is visited by another Thing that looks just like him wearing a lab coat. This other Thing shocks Ben by revealing that he is Reed Richards. He explains to Ben that on his world only himself and this reality's version of Ben Grimm went on the fated flight into space that created the Fantastic Four on Ben's world. When the pair were later bombarded by cosmic rays, Reed was transformed into the Thing.
Before he can explain any further, the Reed Richards of this world detects an incoming ship and shows it land on a view screen. There Ben watches in awe as his counterpart from this reality -- called Mister Fantastic -- is married to Sue and has both the stretching and flame powers as the Reed and Johnny of his world. Reed finishes by explaining that he created this place to brood over his losses. With Lockjaw now back on his feet, Reed asks Ben to go before his counterpart and Sue arrive. Ben agrees to go and teleports back to his Earth, where when asked by Reed and Sue where he was, he tells them that they would never believe it.
Thunder in the Ruins!
- Diablo is not killed here as we are led to believe. As revealed in Fantastic Four #194 Diablo cheated death by transmuting his body into gas which was disbursed in the explosion. It took a long time for Diablo to reform himself and return to human form.
- Crystal believes that Maximus is still in control of Attilan, which he took over in Amazing Adventures Vol 2 #5. She is unaware that Attilan was liberated by Black Bolt and the Avengers in Avengers #95.
- Crystal is not seen again until Fantastic Four #130-Fantastic Four #131 when it is revealed that she has started a relationship with Quicksilver of the Avengers.
What Mad World?
- The reality that the Thing and Lockjaw are teleported into is later referred to as "Earth-A" in Fantastic Four #162 which is short for "Earth-Alternate". It was later classified as Earth-721 in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes 2005.
- The Reed Richards robots are based off the following fictional characters:
- Professor Moriarty, a recurring villain of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Both characters were created by author Arthur Conan Doyle. Moriarity first appeared in the novel The Final Problem. To date, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty are considered works of fiction in the Marvel Universe.
- the Sheriff of Nottingham was a primary antagonist of the thief known as Robin Hood in the legends of that character. If there is a version of the Sheriff of Nottingham is suspect. There is proof that Robin Hood exists in the Marvel Universe, but it is marred in conflicting tales. While Young Allies #7 and Knights of Pendragon #1 suggest that Robin Hood was a mortal man, Thunderstrike #18 suggests that he was the Asgardian known as Fandral the Dashing. This would suggest that the Sheriff of Nottingham also exists in one form or another.
- Lastly three of the Reed robots identified themselves as the "Clantons", which is not an entirely accurate reference but is referring to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The Richards robots were posing as two of the three Clanton brothers. The depiction of a third is either an error, or perhaps that there were three Clanton brothers on Earth-712. Either way, since this is based on an actual historical event, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral occurred in the Marvel Universe.
- The Thing, Mister Fantastic and Sue Grimm of Earth-712 all appear next in Fantastic Four #160-163 when businessman Albert DeVoor and his Interlocking Technologies, Unlimited, attempt to profit off a war between Earth-616, Earth-712, and the Fifth Dimension.
- This issue is obviously formatted to the 25 Cent Giant format and fitted into a smaller page count. Which would explain the 6 page second story.
- This issue features a letters page, Fantastic Four Fan Page. Letters are published from Roger Schoolcraft, Larry Trepel and Bruce Roland.
- Diablo vs. the fabulous F.F. - in a battle that rocks the world! Plus - the ever-lovin' Thing in solo action! Don't miss it!
- No trivia.
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