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Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four #35

Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2008
By: Ray Tate

Paul Tobin
David Nakayama, Corey Hamscher (i), Wil Quinana (c)
DC Comics
"Go One Way Orggo the Other"

It's a testament to Paul Tobin's writing that this extremely far-fetched issue of Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four still almost hangs together. The power of the FF's characterization combined with the charm of the whole quirkiness of the events make it very difficult to dislike the issue even if your brain is screaming at you that "It doesn't make sense!" and is "horribly contrived!"

Orggo runs amok on the streets of Manhattan. Orggo is the Kirby-esque monster on the cover. With the jokes of experience, the Thing quickly vanquishes him.

Orggo goes away in his spaceship. Ben, in a bad mood thanks to Johnny, returns to the Baxter Building to find invites to a Miss Universe type contest. The Pageant wishes the FF to judge the contest, and the kicker is that the winner of the pageant in addition gets a date with whichever judge she chooses.

Sue is dead set against the idea. The boys have other ideas, but things go far from smoothly. First, Orggo has somehow been selected as a judge, and second, everybody's favorite crazed bee-keepers, AIM, show up to wreck the party.

This story is nuts, but the collision of words and tastes between Orggo and Ben is priceless. The interaction between Sue and Chili, a contestant, rings true. The art is very easy on the eyes, and a book with the bee-keepers, not by the way referred to as terrorists, is bound to be fun. It is, but you've got to turn off your brain to enjoy it. That was difficult.

Regardless of whether or not A does or does not connect to B, I'm a little surprised that Tobin went for the punchline that he did. It would have been funnier had the contestant chosen Sue as her date. Such a scene wouldn't have suggested any implication for girl/girl action. Sue is about the straightest Marvel character there is. Rather such a choice would have just expressed the contestant's disdain for the boys' juvenile behavior and put Reed in his place. I still can't figure out why Reed agreed to judge the contest; his devotion to Sue is core to his character. Perhaps, he just wanted an excuse to see Sue dolled up.



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