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Fantastic Four #27: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 13

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 22, panels 4-5

Fantastic Four #27, page 22, panels 4-5

Presented by the most talked-about team in comics: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator extraordinary

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Our final entry from Fantastic Four #27 returns the focus to the object of this story, Sue Storm. I use the word object very deliberately, as, up to this point, this is how she’s been portrayed. She’s a thing for both Reed and Namor to covet, from the cheesecake portrait at the start of the issue, to Namor’s stalking and kidnapping, to Reed’s uncharacteristic rage when he can’t have the thing he considers his. At one point, she was literally put into a glass display case in Namor’s throne room.

What saves Sue is her defining moment of awesome shown here, stepping up and using her fields to force her combating suitors apart. A rare moment of authority from Sue, these two panels allow her to be actualised somewhat, although the conclusion of the story has her committing to Reed and him being distrustful of her intentions, rather than a more interesting dramatic twist of having Sue temporarily reject Reed following his behaviour in this issue.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #27 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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Fantastic Four #27: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 12

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #27, page 17, panel 1

Fantastic Four #27, page 17, panel 1

Presented by the most talked-about team in comics: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, author and illustrator extraordinary

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Now, this is a bit more like it. Sue’s faced off against many forces in the six issues in which she’s had her force-field powers, but arguably this is one of her greatest challenges yet – holding back the pressure of the ocean itself. Johnny’s plan to turn the encroaching water to steam doesn’t make a lick of sense, considering how unlikely it is that the Atlanteans store water in tanks. Surely the water is coming from the ocean itself, meaning that Johnny is basically taking on the entirety of the Pacific Ocean.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #27 on our thirtieth episode: Horny Namor

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Fantastic Four #26: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 11

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #26, page 13, panel 6

Fantastic Four #26, page 13, panel 6

Unforgettably Written In The Grand Manner by: Stan Lee

Powerfully Drawn In The Heroic Manner by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: Art Simek

More unintentional chaotic fighting as Sue accidentally traps Giant Man in her force field. For some reason, her field is being treated as a bubble, trapping the first thing it comes to. It’s not been seen this way before and, whilst Sue will use it many times to restrain or contain foes in battle, it’ll be a very rare thing that she will have so little control that she will accidentally trap the wrong person because they got in the way.

Bonus points, however, for Giant Man’s confusion at being restrained by an invisible force field. The fields are still new, and there’s no reason why this development in Sue’s power should be public knowledge at this time.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #26 on our twenty-seventh episode: Hulk Goes Home And Plays With His Trains with special guest-host Michael Bailey.

Fantastic Four #24: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 9

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #24, page 16, panel 1

Fantastic Four #24, page 16, panel 1

Lovingly written by Stan Lee

Tenderly drawn by Jack Kirby

Heroically inked by George Roussos

Neatly lettered by Sam Rosen

We’re currently recording episodes covering the period of Sue’s pregnancy, meaning that her contributions to issues tend to be made whilst lying around being incredibly feverish and hysterical, unable to deal with even the slightest piece of bad news. It’s rather refreshing to return to a time when Sue played a more proactive role in the team, flexing her powers inventively and holding her own amongst the boys on the battlefield.

Here, she manifests an incredibly strong force-field, not only restraining a speeding car but initially bringing it to a complete standstill. More recent issues might choose to show the strain it takes to bring a heavy vehicle travelling at speed to a full stop by messing her hair, maybe having some blood trickle from her nose. But under Kirby, Sue just needs to throw out her field and do the job with the minimum of fuss.

Love it!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #24 on our twenty-fourth episode: An Enfant Terrible Is Not Literally A Terrible Infant

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

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2014 by quizlacey
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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Fantastic Four #23: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 6

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 8, panel 1

Fantastic Four #23, page 8, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It would be a terrible thing to suggest that this issue of The Fantastic Four is light on plot. I’m sure there are strong thematic reasons why, in an issue featuring Doctor Doom recruiting a bunch of Z-list semi-powered goons to be his henchmen, the Fantastic Four should go through a leadership crisis.

However, three pages is a bit too much, considering most of this time is spent on Johnny and Ben fighting. Any thematic links are lost by making the election a joke, and when Sue gets fed up and breaks up the fight, the reader can’t help but empathise with her.

Strongly.

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

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Fantastic Four #23: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 5

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 2, panel 2

Fantastic Four #23, page 2, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

How could I resist posting a panel featuring a confused baby raptor encased in an invisible force field projected by a girl in a party frock? Especially when it’s got Johnny in the background complaining about being splashed with a plant pot and having his flames put out!

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

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