Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Fantastic Forces of mind control!

Since we've now officially run out of Uncanny X-men clips, its time to move our attention to Claremont's mindcontrol motif to some of the other comics he wrote for Marvel. To have a little break from X-men territory, lets focus on Claremont's Fantastic Four first. Chris wrote the third volume of the series from issue # 4 'til # 32 and spearheaded the relaunch of Marvel's First Family after the Heroes Reborn debacle.

Now, truth be told, his Fantastic Four wasn't all bad. A little dry, maybe a bit too much exposition but certainly not terrible. Still, one of the main points of criticism was Claremont's tendency to reintroduce some of his old X-men creations into the series. Characters who didn't necessarily need to be there... Take for instance Claremont's first actual arc as writer.

In issues 6, 7 and 8 the Omniversal Majestrix Opal Luna Saturnyne sends out the interdimensional bountyhunters known as the Technet to capture Franklin Richards. Saturnyne is worried about young Franklin's growing reality warping powers. This actually makes sense, *I* would be worried too if a kid capable of creating entire sub-dimensions was roaming around unchecked. Of course, the Fantastic Four don't take too kindly to Franklin's capture and fight to get him back. During the fight in issue 7, the first instance of mind control occurs... take a look...

For those of you who care, Sue's manifested heart's desire was being Namor the Sub-Mariner's royal consort, a proud and strong Atlantean warrior queen. Clad in fierce battle armour and kelp that looked a lot like leather... Sigh...

Next up: some more old X-men villains show up to cause trouble for the Four.

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