From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)
The Yancy Street Gang has been making Ben Grimm’s (The Thing) life miserable for years. The faceless kids who run Yancy Street, where Ben Grew up, have been playing pranks on him ever since he became a famous superhero. So nothing is really surprising when Ben opens a package and gets a pie to the face.
This time though, the joke shop which sent the spring-loaded pie package forgot to remove the order slip. Now Ben knows where the prank came from. Now he can go there and get the name of the person who ordered it. Now he can find the people who has been mocking him for all these years. Now he can make them pay. Now Johnny (The Human Torch) is scared. Because it was never the Yancy Street gang that did these things.
It was him.
Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) is in the midst of trying to whip Johnny into something that resembles a responsible adult. She learns Johnny did this and Ben’s going to find out and probably kill him with a punch. You see, the Thing is a rock monster so he can easily kill things with punches. She sends Johnny off to fix things with Ben.
So Ben and Johnny head off to the joke shop and do millions of dollars of damage to New York City. They should probably be in jail. Ben tells a dude to “bill him” when he takes the car he was just driving and throws it. Even if Ben had the money to cover this, pretty sure you can just throw other peoples’ cars willy-nilly. A cop should at least yell at him for doing this, come on!
Back at the Baxter Building Reed (Mister Fantastic) is alarmed to find an alarm. He runs off to alarm his kids but they are alarmed by the alarming monsters on the wall. Then spiders alarmingly crawl out of his infant daughter Valeria’s face. Then it all stops. Reed has no idea what happened or how it happened. This alarms his son Franklin.
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Sue gets to the joke shop before Ben and makes it invisible. This leads Ben to think he was tricked by the Yancy Street gang again and gives up, thus letting Johnny off the hook. But wait! He isn’t off the hook! Because Sue!
Sue puts him in charge of the Fantastic Four’s financials. She’s decided this is the only way to force him to step up and be responsible. It’s sink or swim because if he doesn’t do this he’ll ruin the family, which is probably the only threat which could make him really try.
The path from the Baxter Building to the joke shop remains in rubble.
What I Learned From This Comic:
The Thing could probably smoosh a guy in public and everyone would smile and say “oh you”.
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler: Mike Wieringo
Inker: Karl Kesel
Colorist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Albert Deschesne
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt