In every installment of “If I Pass This Way Again,” we look at odd comic book plot points that were rarely (sometimes NEVER!) mentioned again after they were first introduced.
Okay, so Chris Claremont and Salvador Larroca took over duties on Fantastic Four from Scott Lobdell and Alan Davis soon after the latter creative team re-launched Fantastic Four following Heroes Return (which was after a bunch of Marvel’s main superhero titles were relaunched as part of Heroes Reborn).
Issue #7 (by Claremont, Larroca and inker Art Thibert) sees Reed and Sue Richards (Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman) put on a date of the anniversary of their first date…
Their son, Franklin Richards, however, has been attacked by the Technet, mercenaries from Claremont’s earlier stint as the writer on Excalibur with the aforementioned Alan Davis.
Sue kicks it into high gear to save her son in an awesome sequence by Larroca and Thibert…
Okay, so all of the Fantastic Four eventually show up and they are now all battling against the Technet, and during the fight, one of the members of Technet, Joyboy, figures that he will take Sue out of the fight by using his power, which is to show people their heart’s desire (it is sort of a counterpoint to another Claremont creation, Dani Moonstar of the New Mutants, who can show people their greatest fear).
He uses it on Sue and, well, her heart’s desire is a bit surprising, to say the least…
Now, Claremont definitely did play up a little bit of the whole sexual tension between Sue and Namor and Reed and his ex-girlfriend, Alyssa Moy (sort of a female version of Reed), but for the most part, this bit was never actually addressed again.
Claremont and Larroca’s final issue was Fantastic Four #32 and it features a Sue/Namor team-up that ends with Reed and Sue re-affirming their love for each other…
But it’s never really resolved that we ALL saw that her “heart’s desire” was to be with Namor. Odd.
If anyone has a suggestion for a little-remembered short-lived comic book plot point, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and maybe I’ll feature it in a future installment of If I Pass This Way Again!
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