by Travis Starnes, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Stan Lee, Art by Jack Kirby
Published: January 1962
The second issue of Fantastic Four is a little better (in my opinion) then the first. Impersonated by an alien race called the Skrull (who marvel readers will get to know really well over the years), they have to figure out how to get back their name. I particularly like the ending of this issue for the point of going to the mother ship to leaving the three Skrull as cows (especially since we will see these guys again 40 years down the road). I still have some complaints about this similar to my problems with the first issue. Dialog is rough, with the Skrulls explaining to each other how they mimiced the FF’s powers. You would think three guys working together would know that already. Also the Thing is not worked out into the hot tempered but likable guy we will come to know. He still gets unreasonably angry and destructive at everything. (“What do you mean your out of peanut butter?” and then destroys the restaurant. An exaggeration, but not by much). Also, it seems strange to surrender to the army just to fight their way out minutes after being locked up, but that could just be me.