Friday, April 17, 2009

When Fantasy Meets Real Life

From Super Punch comes this neat 'stranger than fiction' story that is related to one of my all time favorite comic book series - Warren Ellis' PLANETARY. Reason number 29 why Warren Ellis is a genius and as underratted as Grant Morrison is overrated.

"The villains of Warren Ellis' and John Cassaday's Planetary are evil versions of the Fantastic Four. In issue #25, we learn that the Four gained their powers not simply due to an accidental encounter with cosmic rays, but through a deal (Reed Richards) made with (Darkseid) - - in return for a promise they would help him conquer Earth, Darkseid promised to allow the Four to utilize a mechanism orbiting around (Apokalips) that would give them all super powers. In these panels you can see the Four in their space capsule enter the mechanism, portrayed as a giant, grasping hand:"

"The mechanism has been found by the Chandra Observatory, which managed to take a photo of what's been designated a young pulsar."

PLEASE do not message me and call this the 'Hand of God'. I does, however, remind me of that Star Trek episode 'Who Mourns For Adonais'.

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