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Subj: Re: Reed was the Source of Revenue
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 at 04:35:44 pm EST (Viewed 166 times)
Reply Subj: Reed was the Source of Revenue
Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 at 03:29:22 pm EST (Viewed 189 times)

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What it's really showing, I think, is how non-existent the FF is without Reed. He was everything.

Well, Reed was undeniably the leader of the FF.  He was the smartest. That's merit based.  Reed has disappeared before though, and the FF survived (Ant Man subbing) with others taking a lead role.

But when it comes to things like the FF's assets, such as the Baxter building? Yes, Reed was everything, because it was Reed's licenses that brought in the funding.

Yeah, they've been functional without Reed. Given the Hickman era was "Intelligence is the greatest power in the universe" for the most part, demonstrated by Valeria who I've never been able to grasp how she developed an adult's disposition with so little actual life expreience.

And even without a 'Smart Guy' at the helm, the FF has been functional. Reed and Sue left for a while (joined the Avengers, too, right?) The dynamic is best when it's Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny but it's not like the team was always treated like D-Listers as soon as Reed left the room. Ben has saved the world a few times without any assistance, after all.

The whole Johnny thing is hard to swallow. Ben is a billionaire also, not sure if that was ever touched on again. Slott knew that as he wrote the too short lived Thing series which dealt with it a bit. but just like Johnny's maturity and development over the decades, it's easily forgotten or intentionally ignored when it's inconvienent.

I really used to like Slott, but I think when he got Spidey he started to enjoy being in the 'boy's club' a little too much and lost the part of his motivation that had attracted me to his work.

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