The Phantasmagorical Four
October 18, 2012 11:21 AM   Subscribe

"That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons It’s clobberin’ time." Comics blogger Mike Sterling re-imagines the Fantastic Four in a Halloween mood.
posted by MartinWisse (11 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Please, please, please feature my favorite invented mash-up villain, Cthulactus.
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:31 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Galaczathoth would make more sense. The Silver Surfer could be one of the thousand forms of Nyarlathotep.
posted by permafrost at 11:51 AM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Shades of The Reaching Hand, from Elseworlds 80-Page Giant.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:54 AM on October 18, 2012

Actual dialogue? Where a prologue and a long exchange of letters would do?

Still... Very nice.
posted by Artw at 12:04 PM on October 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

I'll admit the slash fic for Sue Storm and Dagon, the Sub-Mariner was both hot and disturbing.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 1:02 PM on October 18, 2012 [2 favorites]

By night all Arkham had heard of the great rock that fell out of the sky and bedded itself in the ground beside the well at the Reed Richards place. That was the house which had stood where the blasted heath was to come - the trim white Reed Richards house amidst its fertile gardens and orchards, where dwelt Reed, his wife, her brother, and a hired hand...

...Richards told Pym what queer things the specimen had done, and how it faded wholly away when they put it in a glass beaker. On an anvil it had appeared highly malleable, and in the dark its luminosity was very marked. Stubbornly refusing to grow cool, it soon had the house in a state of real excitement; and when upon heating before the spectroscope it displayed shining bands unlike any known colours of the normal spectrum there was much breathless talk of new elements, bizarre optical properties, and other things which puzzled men of science are wont to say when faced by the unknown. Hot as it was, they tested it in a crucible with all the proper reagents. Water did nothing. Hydrochloric acid was the same. Nitric acid and even aqua regia merely hissed and spattered against its torrid invulnerability...

...Winter came early, and was very cold. Pym saw Richards less often than usual, and observed that he had begun to look worried. The rest of his family too, seemed to have grown taciturn; and were far from steady in their church-going or their attendance at the various social events of the countryside. For this reserve or melancholy no cause could be found, though all the household confessed now and then to various symptoms and a feeling of vague disquiet.

His wife grew listless, pale, and thin. Her brother had the opposite complaint, growing ruddy and choleric. Richards himself exhibited a slurring of voice and a new manner of walking, almost a sloshing movement. The hired hand appeared in town only once after the rock fell, and that in a slouch hat and a great coat that covered all his person. He purchased some ointment in the general store; to ease a sheep through a case of mange, he said, his voice hoarse and newly deep. The hand that pushed the money over the counter was horny, hard, etched with a deep network of crevices. The clerk said later that the skin was a strange colour - one that belonged on nothing human.
posted by Iridic at 1:21 PM on October 18, 2012 [3 favorites]

Please, please, please feature my favorite invented mash-up villain, Cthulactus

Imagine how many tentacles he'd have growing out of his helmet alone!
posted by Strange Interlude at 1:48 PM on October 18, 2012

If you ultimate nullify him he just reforms 20 minutes later and more cosmic.
posted by Artw at 2:04 PM on October 18, 2012

I must admit, the thought of a companion book "The Inferior Spiderman" amused me quite a lot.

This was quite well done.
posted by Existential Dread at 8:33 PM on October 18, 2012

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