Fantastic Four Week: Challengers of the…Fantastic?

Posted: August 7, 2015 in Comic Book Breakdowns, Comic Book Study
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Welcome back to Day 4 of Fantastic Four Week everyone! Ever since our trip through the multiverse during Daredevil Month, I thought it’d be fun to go at it again and take a look at one of my all time favorite alternate versions of the Fantastic Four: The Challengers of the Fantastic.

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A merger of Marvel’s Fantastic Four with DC’s Challengers of the Unknown (also created by FF co-creator Jack Kirby), the Challengers of the Fantastic battled other amalgamated menaces, including Galactiac, Dr. Doomsday, and the Communists of Gorrillagrad.

At first, Reed “Prof” Richards was a scientist employee for Victor Von Doom who created a rocket with the idea of making space travel safe from cosmic radiation. Reed invited S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sue “Ace” Storm, Senator “Rocky” Grimm, and Sue’s younger brother Johnny “Red” Storm to take part in the test flight of the craft while Doom controlled the mission from Earth.

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However, Doom was jealous of Reed and attempted to kill the group during a sabotage attempt. Despite this, all of them survived and took the moment as a second chance at life. Dubbing themselves the Challengers of the Fantastic, they formed a base in Fantastic Mountain and began keeping watch over the growing number of villains.

While the story itself is pretty awesome and full of that wonderful 1990s cheese writing, it’s the character portrayals and the mashup overall that I like best. It might be because Jack Kirby worked on both teams, but Challengers of the Fantastic seem like the best mix in the Amalgam Universe, especially compared to odder mashups like Lobo the Duck. Both teams had a sense of family and teamwork that no other super team has ever really managed to duplicate, and I’m glad to see that the writers carried these ideas into the Amalgam Universe.

What do you think about the mixed up super team? Do you even remember, or care about. these guys anymore? Let me know what you think in the comments below, or maybe you could send me a tweet with that widget on the left. Better yet, like the Comic Books vs The World Facebook page, and subscribe to the official Youtube channel. Be sure to stick around for the rest of Fantastic Four week!


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