Fantastic Four #23: Sue’s Force Fields of Awesome 7

Fantastic Four #23, page 18, panel 2

Fantastic Four #23, page 18, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Back in the world of a plot, Doom has contrived to kidnap members of the Fantastic Four, as well as disposing of his henchmen now that they’ve finished henching. The team are trapped in a specially designed dungeon, although they’ve clearly opted for the ‘dormitory’ package rather than individual rooms.

Sue uses her force fields to prevent Ben from receiving a fatal electric shock when he breaks his restraints. It’s a very Doom-esque plan to restrain Ben in such a way that he could easily break free,  but the consequences of which would be fatal. By constantly dangling the possibility of escape, Doom makes the imprisonment more torturous.

Of course, what Doom doesn’t know is that Sue’s powers have developed, and here she uses her fields to interrupt the electric shock. I really like that Sue’s fields are not only being used tactically in terms of placement, but in terms of timing as well, A fraction of a second too late, and Ben would be a smouldering heap of rubble. Go Sue!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

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