Fantastic Four #2

    Fantastic Four » Fantastic Four #2 - Skrulls from Outer Space! released by Marvel on January 1, 1962.

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    THE SKRULLS ATTACK EARTH! From deep in space comes the Skrulls. A shape changing alien race with one goal, to destroy the Fantastic Four and conquer Earth. Can Reed Richards come up with a plan to stop them in time?

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    At the issues offset the Fantastic Four appear to be going round causing mayhem and carnage but it is soon revealed that four shapeshifting Skrulls (aliens from outer space) are masquerading as them in an attempt to change the public's opinion on the Fantastic Four so they are out of the way for a Skrull invasion. The real Fantastic Four meanwhile take refuge in a shack in the forest but are quickly discovered and put into prison. However, using their intelligence and abilities they quickly manage to escape and find the Skrulls who had masqueraded as them by the Human Torch attempting to sabotage a rocket launch so that the Skrulls will mistaking think that he is one of them and take him to their base. Once inside the base he then fires a signal flare so that rest of the Fantastic Four can come to his aid and the group rabidly defeat the Skrulls. The Fantastic Four using the Skrull's hidden space ship then make contact with the Skrull mothership and convince the Skrull high council that the planet Earth will be too difficult for them to conquer. Returning to earth three of the captured Skrulls are then forced to transform into cows before Reed Richards hypnotizes them into forgetting their past identities.


    • The inker of this issue is unknown although many believe George Klein is a likely possibility.
    • The three Skrulls transformation into cows is an event often referenced as a joke in other Marvel comics.


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    The first issue of Fantastic Four was outstanding. The second one... not so much.  Sure, it's still distinguished by the team's interpersonal conflicts and it introduces some great Marvel villains - the shapeshifting Skrulls, but then, there is a ton of real silliness. Now, I'm not talking ordinary Silver Age silliness... I'm perfectly willing to accept things such as Reed Richard's business suit stretching when he does - things like that I'll give a pass. But in this issue, some advance members...

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    Fantastic Four #2 0

     The first appearance of the Skrulls. The story is as childish as the first issue, and I'm getting the sense that all of the Stan Lee-written issues are going be that way.   These early issues of Fantastic Four recall previous horror and sci-fi writers such as HG Lovecraft (more so in the first issue) and EC Comics's Weird Science from the '50s. The Skrulls are like something out of an EC Comics horror story, particularly the ending where they are forced to become cows with no recollection of wh...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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