Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #502

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #502.
That’s a lot of asparagus.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 1)

What Happened:

Franklin Richards is hitting kids at Coney Island and not in a fun “The Warriors” way. He’s doing it in a very un-fun “You touched my child and I have called the cops” kind of way. Fortunately, being famous has many perks. Since Franklin is with his mother Susan Storm (The Invisible Woman) and his uncle Ben Grimm (The Thing) of The Fantastic Four, the cops arrive at the scene but don’t uphold any peace. They sort of just pop in and pop out.

Meanwhile, Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) is being very stupid. Very stupid. He has decided that he is an expert at post-traumatic stress disorder and grief therapy. He has decided that all previous methods of dealing with these conditions do not work. He has decided the method which will work is to travel back in time, find your patient’s attacker as a happy child, then let your patient point a laser rifle at their head.

Thus we find Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) pointing a laser rifle at the young and innocent Victor Von Doom. During The Fantastic Four’s previous adventure, Doctor Doom had trapped and tortured all of the Fantastic Four. He even threw Reed’s son Franklin into Hell (which is one of the two immediate reasons why Franklin is currently have a bad time at Coney Island). So Reed has been understandably a little sad. He is allowed to be sad!

But Johnny has other plans hence the time travel, laser rifle, and ham-fisted lesson of “You wouldn’t kill a child in cold blood with a laser rifle so you shouldn’t beat yourself up”– BUT THEN REED FIRES THE GUN AT THAT KID’S HEAD.

JOHNNY ALSO DECIDED TO BRING REED’S INFANT DAUGHTER VALERIA. HE IS VERY DUMB.

Back at Coney Island, Ben and Susan have figured out why Franklin is lashing out. He still believes he is trapped in hell and his family is doing anything to save him. Sue uses her powers to make everything besides Franklin, Ben, and herself disappear but it does not help. It also probably made the planet Earth look like one of those fun beads a kid would buy at a science museum gift shop.

Ben steps in to take over. He tells Franklin that life sucks and there are no guarantees now that he is growing up but having a family makes things better. Ben’s tactics are less nurturing but over-all successful. Franklin starts to engage more with Ben and Sue but it is clear this is only the first step toward of his recovery.

Meanwhile, remember when Reed shot that kid?! It was a total fake out. He “misses” the target and an angry young Victor Von Doom swears vengeance on whomever is attacking him from afar. Johnny starts to understand that both his plan and himself are VERY DUMB and takes away the laser rifle. By lighting it on fire. That’s an dangerous explosive weapon Johnny maybe you shouldn’t light it on fi– you know what? Let’s just accept that he’s very dumb and move on.

Meanwhile, Reed didn’t miss! He shot off a bit of young Victor’s hair and took it back with him through the time machine. He’s doing lab stuff with Doctor Doom’s hair! That is probably not a project going anywhere sunny.

What I Learned From This Issue:

The Thing goes through a lot of pens.

The Creators:
The Creators:
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler, Inker: Casey Jones
Colourist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editors: Tom Brevoort

Coney Island is a Nightmare – Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #501

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #501
Looking for bugs.

From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 1)

What Happened:

After Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom) nearly destroying the Fantastic Four things are looking pretty bad. Things are so bad The Thing (Ben Grimm) has started journaling. Journaling! Like a boring person on a European vacation! I’ve never seen things so rough.

Bearing the worst of the attack was Franklin Richards, the son of Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) and The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm). He was trapped in literal Hell by Doom for a couple of days and that will do stuff to a kid’s brain. The child psychologists are understandably out of their depth with this particular client.

In a Hail Mary play, Sue and an invisible Ben take Franklin to Coney Island. I guess they are trying to compare literal Hell to a figurative one and show Franklin it’s not all that different? Who knows. They spoil the kid rotten with rides, prizes, and junk food but it doesn’t fix all his mental issues despite, like I already said, they spoil him rotten with rides, toys and junk food.

Back at the Baxter Building The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) has a kooky plan to snap Reed out of his own funk. Reed blames himself for everything Doom did to the team. (Send his kid to hell, light his wife on fire, beat his best friend to a bloody mess, lock Reed into a library and make fun of him…) Also, since Doom permanently scarred Reed’s face (which his elasticity cannot fix) Reed will always be reminded of Doom’s actions whenever he see’s himself.

So Johnny grabs a laser gun and they jump into a time machine to spy on a young, innocent Doctor Doom.

At Coney Island, Franklin freaks out on a bunch of people trying to get autographs from his mom and uncle. Freaks out big time too! Curse words and everything!

What I Learned From This Issue:

Sue is not a supportive mother when it comes to her children’s artwork.

The Creators:
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler, Inker: Casey Jones
Colourist: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Editors: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt

Mister Fantastic’s Self Loathing – Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #500

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 1) #500
Well, you don’t look a day over 400.
What Happened:

WEBSITE NOTE: This is the first issue of Fantastic Four (Vol 3)’s returning to its original Vol 1 numbering. Since it is also the concluding issue to a Vol 3 story line this issue is listed as both a Vol 1 and Vol 3 series.

From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 1)

Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) has been captured by a magically souped up Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom). Reed’s been given a chance to fight back by being locked in Doom’s library of magic texts. The challenge is for Reed to figure a way out of his magical prison by learning some magic from Doom’s archive of knowledge. It’s all an effort to humiliate Reed, who despite being a super genius, knows nothing about magic. He tries anyway though. Doom has sent his son Franklin to Hell, currently has his daughter Valeria, and is torturing the rest of the Fantastic Four with his magic. So… he probably should try REALLY really hard.

He stinks way too much at magic though! Luckily, the spirit of Doctor Strange (Stephen Strange) shows up to cover for him. Strange has also been incapacitated by Doom, but is able to use a little bit of his magic to assist Reed undetected. First thing they do is teleport out of the library to Strange’s house where Reed has a better chance of learning magic. Reed tries to read the teleportation spell like a mathematical formula and it puts them in the middle of traffic instead of Strange’s home.

See how far learning math will get you? It’ll put you right into harms way. Take heed, children.

Things don’t improve much and time runs out for the two of them. Doom pulls Doctor Strange’s spirit back into his captive body. Reed, still unable to wrap his head around the idea that there might be forces he’ll never understand, cannot cast a single spell successfully. Strange does gift him a tiny gun thing before he is zapped away and says it needs magic words to work.

After a lot of trial and error, Reed figures out the magic words are admitting he’s stupid when it comes to magic. Reed does a lot of self deprecating humor with grand magical results! The freed Fantastic Four then takes on Doom.

He gets cut up by The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), knocked around by The Thing (Ben Grimm), and even roasted by The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) but Doom still won’t fall. Finally, Reed tricks Doom into admitting that he is not in debt to anyone, which goes against the the deal he made with demons for his new magical power. The demons are real mad they’re not getting credit for Doom’s makeover! They attack Doom and the Fantastic Four jump through their demonic portal to grab Franklin and bring him back.

While retreating back out of the portal, Doctor Doom tries to get Reed to help him escape but Reed will no longer be tricked by Doom. So, Doom makes sure Reed will never forget him. He magically scars half of Reed’s face with grotesque burns.

What I Learned From this Comic:

If magic actually worked like it does for Mister Fantastic, I would be the strongest magician in the world.

The Creators:
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

Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #70

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #7
One child trapped in hell. One baby stolen by man wearing skin for clothes. You’d probably make this face if that were you too.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) is seriously off his game with this one. A magically powered Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom) has sent Franklin Richards, the son of Mister Fantastic and The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), to hell. So the Fantastic Four travels to Doom’s country of Latveria to confront him. Unfortunately, Doom’s newly souped up magic is keeping any of the team’s powers from harming him.

To protect their remaining child Valeria Richards, The Thing (Ben Grimm) has run away from the battle carrying her on Reed’s command. Reed thinks his technology (another word for “big gun”) is starting to beat Doom but looks like Reed just fell for the oldest trick in the book. Doctor Doom turns his fancy gun into fingers and eyeballs! Oldest trick! How could he not SEE that coming? Surely he FELT like he was being played? Maybe he should KNUCKLE down next time?

And additional puns!

Doom strips away, Reed, Sue, and The Human Torch (Johnny Storms)‘s powers and then summons a horde of Mindless Ones to beat Ben raw. He takes Val from Ben and shows Franklin being terrified in hell. Doom promises on his honor to release Reed’s child if he surrenders. Reed surrenders. Then like an ironic genie granting a wish, Doom puts Val down on the ground. TRUE TO THE LETTER OF THE LAW! VALERIA IS ALSO REED’S CHILD! HE DID WHAT HE SAID! Then Doom slams the portal shut leaving Franklin still trapped in hell.

Having brought the defeated Fantastic Four to his castle, Doom excitedly shows baby Valeria how he’s torturing her family. Ben is getting punched more by Mindless Ones. Johnny has been given Reed’s powers and is being stretched painfully. Sue was given Johnny’s flame powers but it would seem not the power to be impervious to it as she silently burns in agony.

Reed’s torture is probably the most devilish, horrible torture of all. He has to learn magic– wait, what? How is that worse? He gets to be Harry Potter while Sue is ON FIRE?

Doom says he has an easy spell locking Reed into a vast magical library. If Reed can learn the small amount of magic needed to break the lock then they can have their final battle. Doom then does the ultimate middle school yard slam of “You think you’re so smart, but you’re NOT.”

Frustrated from all his attempts to learn magic in the library, Reed is contacted by an outside force willing to help him escape.

What I Learned From This Comic:

For all Reed’s bluster about saving the planet and conservationism he was pretty quick to throw away a large crop of perfectly good fingers and eyeballs.

The Creators:
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

Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #69

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #69
Reed and Ben realize their powers aren’t as cool as Johnny and Sue’s. So they find a way to compensate.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) and The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) stand in horror in front of a teleporter screen. On the other side of the screen, Reed’s son Franklin Richards, screams for help while trapped in hell. The Fantastic Four is under attack and an mystic energy keeps wrecking all their technology which is why Franklin wound up in Hades rather than on the moon with his friends.

Johnny figures he’s the one for the job if the job means flying into a perpetually aflame hellscape and flies through the teleporter after Franklin. Turns out he isn’t fireproof against sacrilegious flames and is knocked back through the portal seriously burned. Then the energy destroys the portal. This leaves Franklin with no way out of hell.

Wondering what’s up with all the screaming and what have you, Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman) and Ben Grimm (The Thing) bring the youngest Richards child Valeria to Reed’s lab. Sue is pretty mad that her husband goofed so bad her boy is now in hell. Reed is really going to get an earful when this is all over.

Reed realizes that Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom) is behind all this and is attacking them through Val. He yells at his baby. Another point against bad-dad Reed. The team then suits up to head after Doom in his home country of Latveria.

Doom has a quick conference call with the demons he’s tied his soul to for power. Lots of egos getting tossed around. It’s a bad meeting where nothing gets done and no one takes the reigns on any of the projects in the docket.

On the way, Ben tries to warn Dr. Strange that Doom has started using magics, but Strange has already been mentally captured by Doom. Ben just thinks he’s being kind of a jerk.

When they get to Laveria, Doom is easily able to deflect all their attacks with his magic. This leaves Reed without any ideas.

What I Learned from this comic:

A Demon will eat a ribbon. A demon is practically a goat, they’ll eat anything.

The Creators:

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

Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #68

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #68
Maybe she’s just in a “Mood”.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

Ben Grimm (The Thing) hasn’t been getting his weekly allowance from Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) now that he’s in charge of the team’s money. So Ben decides to get back at him by dropping a comically large water balloon on his head. It’s comically large because it’s so big it would kill Johnny if it actually hit him and you can’t have comedy without tragedy.

Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) and The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm) are in another dimension on a “fancy science crystal” run. How come the neighboring dimensions always seem to have the fancy science crystals but our local one doesn’t? It would totally change our commute if they opened a Fancy Science Crystal store in this town.

When they return they have their children, who are being babysat by the Inhumans on the moon, teleported home. Everything’s great! Valeria isn’t talking yet. Franklin wants to help Reed in his lab. Johnny is looking for a way to murder Ben after getting a little wet. It’s just like your family.

Then Dr. Doom contacts Valeria magically and promises her she will not be harmed. She’s his goddaughter after all. He admits though that his magical connection with her will be what springs his trap for the rest of the Fantastic Four. Then Valeria says her first word: “Doom”.

Impossible energy comes out of one of Reed’s inventions in the lab and chases Franklin. Reed tries to send him back to the moon for safety but the teleporter malfunctions. Reed looks into the teleporter screen in horror seeing that he has done worse than ANY parent EVER. He has literally sent his son to hell.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Reed’s pranking skills are a super power he had never revealed until now.

The Creators:
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

Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #66

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #66
The Thing is bad at holding songbirds.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

The secret of the unstable molecules, the very secret which allow the Fantastic Four’s uniforms to stretch and burn then return to normal completely fine, has been unlocked! It’s a bad thing though! It has created a wave of unstable molecules spreading across matter, transforming anything they touch into grey goo.

Johnny Storm (The Human Torch) is… pretty much responsible for this happening. In an attempt to keep an crooked fashion designer from getting the unstable molecules secret recipe, he had a piece of the fabric stolen from him. This stolen fabric was used to accidentally create the growing wave of goop.

So Johnny does the smartest thing he can think of and flies off to find his sister Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman) to fix the problem.

Back at the Baxter Building Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Ben Grimm (The Thing) are in the middle of hunting a stowaway bug from another dimension. It isn’t going very well, since Ben has been shrunk down to chase the giant space bug in the air ducts but too small to battle a giant space bug. Reed, unable to shrink the bug down to a more combat-able size decides to make Ben really, really big. Any damage the two were hoping to avoid with this adventure has immediately been tripled. Nothing is safe. Not even Sue’s bathroom.

After leaving his coworker Jian Feeta somewhere safe, Johnny returns to the grey-goo-blob-thing with his big sister. His plan is to make her do all the work. Great plan! After much convincing Sue attempts to wrap the entire building, underground and all, with a force field. It works! Then she has to hold this force field for long enough that the molecules stop adapting to each other and go inert. It also works!

Ben throws the giant bug unceremoniously into a portal back into its home dimension. It works!

Sue decides that Johnny should remain in charge of the Fantastic Four’s money, but along side Jian who turns out to be their only employee not willing to lie and commit crimes. This also gives him charge over which members of the team get how much money. She wants Johnny to not use this power to cheat Ben out of his allowance. It doesn’t work!

What I Learned From This Comic:

Ohana means family and family means you never have to learn from your actions.

The Creators:
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler, Inker: Mark Buckingham
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Albert Deschesne
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt

Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #65

The cover to Fantastic Four Vol 3 #65
Johnny Storm doing his best 1980’s Businessman/The Devil impression.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

The Thing, Ben Grimm, sees a giant bug in the living quarters of the Fantastic Four. He then does the exact opposite of what anyone else would do and chases after it, destroying much of the apartment in the process. Ben continuing his pattern of wrecking stuff more than he saves people.

Also, the Baxter Building is also where the FF’s children Franklin and Valeria live so Ben might be trying to quickly kill that giant bug for their safety. I’m not sure rampaging orange rock man mere feet away from their tiny children bodies is that much safer. I’ve got to check the numbers, but I’m pretty sure it falls into a net loss.

The Human Torch, Johnny Storm, is also busy trying to squash a giant bug. His bug is the metaphorical slug of OFFICE POLITICS! After being put in charge of the team’s financial division in an attempt by his sister The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm) to make him grow up, Johnny’s been targeted by two of his coworkers. They have been trying to position him into making a bad deal for /Mister Fantastic’s (Reed Richards) unstable molecule formula. A shady fashion designer wants to make outfits out of them like the uniforms of the Fantastic Four.

So Johnny sets a trap where he gives a piece of the material to the fashion designer then springs his trap! But why? If he knew the whole deal was fake, why pretend? Why waste the time? You’re in charge of the money now, Mr. Storm. Haven’t you heard that TIME IS MONEY?

Anyway, the fashion designer had apparently already stolen Johnny’s wallet in attempt to reverse engineer the unstable molecules. But… That’s an actual crime. An actual everyday crime. A bonafide “Officer that man just stole my wallet please arrest him!” crime. You can’t steal a dude’s wallet! The experiments to unlock the unstable molecules work, and what Reed had always feared would happen does happen: the unstable-ness of the molecules start spreading to anything and anyone they touched. So everything starts turning to goo. Thanks again, science!

Back at the Baxter Building: Reed shrinks Ben down to a size which will fit in the ventilator shaft. It’s adorable. Ben goes into the ventilation to find the giant bug but once he does realizes he’s been shrunk down too much to stand a chance against him! Bug irony!

What I Learned From This Comic:

Stealing is legal as long as it is in service of moving the plot forward.

The Creators:
Writer: Mark Waid
Penciler, Inker: Mark Buckingham
Colorist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Albert Deschesne
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Assistant Editor: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt

Mister Fantastic Teaches a Robot to Love – Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #64

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #64
Do you suffer from hot flashes? Try turning invisible! Thanks Invisolyte!
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) and The Thing (Ben Grimm) are battling Modulus in order to buy Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) some time. Modulus was created from a super computer storing all of Reed’s scientific works and as a result loves him. As love naturally works, Modulus now wishes to remove/destory everything/everyone else from his life…

Modulus is a bad computer boyfriend!

Reed’s super powered family, The Fantastic Four, do not take kindly to a glowing math creature trying to “remove” them so they are tussling!

Reed has gone into the computer world Modulus was born. In there he is attempting to create the mathematical value of himself. This, he hopes will complete the equation Modulus represents and satisfy his craving for attention. What a drama queen, we’re all real excited to get rid of him. Hope that mathematical value of yourself thing works, Reed.

Wait… mathematical value of Mister Fantastic? I guess we’re lucky it’s not 42. Excellent restraint, creative team. You really threaded the needle with that one.

The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm) has her two children Franklin and Valeria and is trying to find a way to get them to safety while Ben and Johnny scrap and Reed tries to determine if listening to Dave Mathews Band is a +7 or -7 to his super-duper-soul-laid-bare-sleep-mattress number. Everything has a mathematical value after all!

Modulus tricks Ben and Johnny into getting buried under a sky scrapper and then goes after Sue. He’s about to kill Franklin when Reed arrives with his finalized “Math-Reed”.

After being pretty pouty about getting the store brand and not the real Reed Richards Modulus is finally convinced and hops onto that sweet Math-Reed. A merging occurs. I’m sure some people might find it beautiful.

But it’s not.

At the end of the book Reed and Franklin are bonding together playing a collectible card game. Reed kind of stinks at it though and starts finding a lot of logical errors in the rules. Maybe you should take it up with Wizards of the Coast and not a young boy, Reed. Sheesh, let your son enjoy his Pokemon cards or whatever.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Mister Fantastic should not do karaoke.

The Creators:
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

Franklin Richards Accidentally Creates Life for the 53rd Time – Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #63

The cover to Fantastic Four (Vol 3) #63
Doing their part to make Math seem as scary as possible to children.
From Series: Fantastic Four (Vol 3)

What Happened:

The Thing (Ben Grimm) and The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm) have both been injured by the mysterious new villain Modulus. Why is he mysterious? Modulus can break apart and subtract components from matter (as he’s done to Sue’s arm and Ben’s back). Modulus is a walking shadow with glowing calculations inside him. Modulus tells everyone he is in love with Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards). All these things make him mysterious, don’t challenge me like that again.

How dare you.

Ben manages to scare Modulus away with a big punch… or maybe Modulus just decides it time to bother another member of the Fantastic Four… it’s not really explained why he leaves but he does. Sue and Ben rush home to warn Reed and to get their missing body parts back. Probably more of the latter.

The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) is schmoozing and being schmoozed at a fashion executive’s pool party. It’s very business oriented. You can tell this because of the super models in bikinis. Anyway, not even the models seem to know what the meeting is for. Man, I hate pointless meetings. Just spinning your wheels!

Two of Johnny’s coworkers at Fantastic Four Inc. resent him being in charge of financials so they are trying to sabotage his work. They get him to promise leasing the unstable molecule formula the team uses in their uniforms for the clothing of rescue workers. Seems like a good plan, but clearly deception is a foot!

Modulus shows up at the meeting and not being a person in a suit or a woman in a bikini makes everyone really upset. Johnny and him fight. Modulus outsmarts Johnny with explosions.

At the Baxter Building, Reed heals Ben and is about to reapply Sue with a hand (perhaps gorilla this time?) when they’re interrupted by his son Franklin. Franklin admits to accidentally creating Modulus. Using Reed’s infinity-iPad thingo, he was trying to make himself more interesting to his parents and goofed it up. A sentimental father and son moment is ruined by a blind Human Torch.

A flying, on fire blind man? People’s kinks are getting too specific these days. Why, ten years ago a person would be satisfied with just one of those traits. Now it’s got to be all three to get a person’s motor going. Eh, that’s progress for you.

Modulus shows up and starts wiping the floor with the family. Reed realizes Modulus is not an complete equation but just an expression so he still needs a solution to complete himself. Since he is Reed’s thoughts and ideas come to life, the answer to the expression Modulus represents should be “What equals Reed Richards”. Needing to find this value to save his family, Mister Fantastic jumps into a portal to the dimension where Modulus was born.

What I Learned From This Comic:

Mister Fantastic has never heard of parental controls.

The Creators:
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