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You Decide ’11 – Who is your least favorite member of the Fantastic Four?

Each day this month, I’ll be posting a different poll question – each poll will last five days, and I’ll reveal the results of the finished polls every Tuesday.

This way, for this month, we can see what our readers feel about various comic book questions. For a month, you folks will decide! Click here to see the other questions that you can answer as well as checking out the latest poll results!

Read on for the latest poll question!

49 Comments

Damn. These are good questions.

This one’s tough, because they all have pluses and minuses.

Except Benjy, of course. If the Thing’s not your fav’rit, I fear for your soul.

I’m gonna say Reed, if only because he’s such a dick a lot of times, plus he screwed up so badly by letting the four get irradiated. “Genius”, indeed.

The Human Torch: Johnny is obnoxious, immature, and one-dimensional. His power is at least as dangerous as it is beneficial. The other 3 members have experienced different levels of growth, while Johnny always reverts to the bratty teen/20-something. There are exceptions (FF: Death in the Family, FF vs. X-Men), but I find Johnny irritating.

I actually voted for The Thing in this. After reading my FF collection (I own almost every issue between #20 and #300) I realized what a whiner he is. “I’m a monster, Reed! Change me back to human!”, “Reed, why did you change me to human? I’m no use now!”, “Reed! See what you made me do? I became a monster again because of you!”, “Does Alicia only love me because I’m The Thing?”, “Why doesn’t Reed try to make me human again? He’s jealous of me! I know it!” Ugh. I used to love Ben before diving into that pit of self-pity that reveals itself in back-to-back readings of the series. I know he’ll come in last in this poll, but if you think about it, he’s not likable at all.

MJ: That’s exactly why Ben is my least favourite FF member. He does have his moments, but more often than not he’s just a loud idiot.

I guess including Crystal, HERBIE, or She-Thing would’ve made this too easy. I went with Johnny, but only because I don’t like him quite as much as the other three.

I like them all, actually, but I didn’t even have to think about it. Johnny.

Johnny, definitely. Like Buttler, it was an instant decision. Although as a kid, he was the super-hero I most wanted to be. Which is probably why I did all that stuff with the lighter fluid and the roman candles and gasoline, and got charged with multiple arsons and ultimately needed so many skin grafts and spent so long in the hospital and still didn’t look right and could never get a date in high school and, yeah, Johnny, definitely.

Let’s be fair, if we were stuck looking like Ben how well would we take it? I mean that’s really got to suck. The impact on the sex life alone’s gotta be horrible.

WTF at Ben Grimm votes. You people have no souls. Thank God aunt Petunia isn’t around to see this day.

Ghost Rider

Lazerfist? Sue with the stripper costume? She-Hulk/Thing? Ant-Man? Kristoff? Just typing these makes me sick. However, the correct answer is Johnny. He’s the least original. Plus, he married a character named “Lazerfist”.

The Crazed Spruce

February 18, 2011 at 9:00 am

I vote Herbie!

Seriously, though, I was torn between the prick and the jackass, and in the end went with Johnny.

Wow, I felt guilty voting Johnny, but I guess I’m not alone with that pick.

I just figured he is the most likely to irritate, being a bit cocky and what not.

I considered Reed, just because his intellect often makes him a bore and sometimes an arrogant jerk, but all these qualities actually have fuelled a lot of stories, plus it has challenged writers to get into his head and make him sympathetic and more interesting. He’s my favourite member of the current Hickman run.

Plus, he married a character named “Lazerfist”.

Hey, my wife’s maiden name was Elizabeth Lazerfist. Do you want to start somethin’ here?

(Let’s face it, the only answer to the poll is Johnny. If this were still 1965, though, it’d probably be Sue, and an argument could be made for Reed. Johnny’s gone from the cool one to the not-very-cool one.)

oh man anyone who said the thing needs to go back and read Marvel Two in One

Thing. Don’t look at me like that, folks. He’s a fine chap and all, but from a story standpoint I just don’t find him interesting.

Wolverine. I hate how when he grew in popularity, he was retconned into being Ben’s friend. Ugh.

Otherwise, I abstain. It’s kind of ironic that in this poll, the Torch is getting a lot of votes but I loved Chris Evans as the Torch in the movies. He and Chiklis as the Thing were the only things they did right.

Really? People like the Invisible Woman, whose main modern character trait is that she’s . . .a mom, I guess? That sometimes becomes an evil slut? The Madonna/Whore stuff is lame. I like Ultimate Sue just fine . . .another briliant scientist. But normal Sue? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. All she does is talk about invisible shoes and invisble baking, while drinking invisible cosmos and getting invisible pedicures.

Johnny. ‘Cause he’s deader than the others. (Yeah, I know that’s not a word.) And we’re still calling him Johnny in spite of the fact that he’s got to be at least 66 years old (16 in 1961, right?)

Can I write in She-Hulk?
Or Spider-Man?
Or any other character that the writer try to shoe-horn in on the team when they weren’t needed?
Seriously, if it ain’t Reed, Ben, Sue & Johnny then it ain’t the Fantastic Four. It’s just another collection of costumed people.

” Really? People like the Invisible Woman, whose main modern character trait is that she’s . . .a mom, I guess? That sometimes becomes an evil slut? The Madonna/Whore stuff is lame. I like Ultimate Sue just fine . . .another briliant scientist. But normal Sue? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. All she does is talk about invisible shoes and invisble baking, while drinking invisible cosmos and getting invisible pedicures.”

Really, Joe Rice? when was the last time you even read the FF? Sue obsesses about shoes?? She’s been in those FF legging/boots in like… forever. She’s not exactly Carrie Bradshaw when it comes to clothes and shoes. You can find any number of lame panels on female characters from the 1960′s, 70′s and even into the 1980′s. If you can show a panel where any of those 3 activities you cite are going on in Hickman’s run, let me know and post them here. Or even going back to DeFalco’s FF, you know where she did lead the team for most of the latter half of his run.

Really? People like the Invisible Woman, whose main modern character trait is that she’s . . .a mom, I guess? That sometimes becomes an evil slut? The Madonna/Whore stuff is lame. I like Ultimate Sue just fine . . .another briliant scientist. But normal Sue? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. All she does is talk about invisible shoes and invisble baking, while drinking invisible cosmos and getting invisible pedicures.

I think for a lot of people there’s the hangup about if they vote for a woman, that would somehow make them misogynist.

This is definitely a “depends on the writer” situation for me, moreso than other teams. Different creators really seem to vibe with different characters, and the writer who knows how to write a great Thing story and also a great Invisible Woman story are very rarely the same person. I’m going with Sue because aggregating all runs, she’s generally the most ill-used.

I voted Sue because at first she was really annoying and shallow, and that was bad enough. But then as if to make up for it, she became the victim of a lot of overcompensatory characterization where they seemed to be trying too hard to make up for her previous decades of past sexist treatment. Both extremes don’t work for me. There were a few runs that got it right, balancing her as competent and smart, but not the ultimate voice of emotional wisdom either. These balanced runs to me aren’t enough to outweigh the rest of her depictions though.

Iron Maiden: I thought it was obvious that part was a joke. I should have gone with “Making Reed ‘invisible sandwiches.’”

I really should have, that’s much funnier. GOD DAMN IT.

Invisible sandwiches is hilarious.

I think it’s pretty obvious why Jonny died if you look at the comments here. I voted for him, too. He’s just the least essential character. They might’ve overcompensated with Sue, but at least her character didn’t turn into male Paris Hilton.

Naahh… either joke is pretty lame IMO. Sheesh, that’s the kind of thing we did when we were 12.

Sue because she’s so bland.

@Bill Reed: sorry to hear about your divorce (or the death of your wife).

Brian, these questions are evil and you should feel evil.

She-Hulk is my least favourite member of the Fantastic Four :P

Johnny Storm remains the one character in the Marvel universe that you would actually want to be. He’s like Tony Stark, without the alcoholism, wrinkles or burden of intelligence.

I would have voted for Franklin Richards if the option was there. I really hate the kids

Leslie Fontenelle

February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Sue is the character I like least. Not a terrible character by any means, just my least favorite of the Four.

An easy question, Ben is my least favorite.

I picked Johnny (Human Torch) because I just don’t appreciate the character as much as the others. I find his banter funny, at times, but that’s about it. My favorite is Reed Richards, because I feel he is a great well rounded character, and Doctor Doom would not mean anything if Reed was not there. Reed Richards is a good guy version of Doctor Doom. Reed is a control freak, almost as much as Doom he just doesn’t do it for totally selfish reason, although sometimes he does. So I think a world without Reed is a world without Doom, and that would be a sad and bleek one because Doom is one of the greatest villains ever created(in my opnion)

That is a tough one.

I’m gonna have to go with Mr. Fantastic though as he’s the driest of the bunch. Sure he has his moments of total badassery, but on a whole he’s just kind of the smart guy in the back of the room.

That said, I almost voted for The Human Torch, but I just couldn’t bring myself to. When I thought about it, I think I would read a solo series of any one of these characters except for Reed… Probably.

Admittedly, I haven’t read FF since the end of the Byrne run, but, after thinking Torch, I decided I’m voting Sue. It is indeed boredom which condemns her.

I guess Joe Rice hasn’t read a Fantastic Four comic since 1978 or so?

John Byrne pretty much obliterated the idea of Sue as the one that cooks for the team and stays out of the real dangerous missions. No, he did more than obliterate it. Byrne shot this idea into millions of tiny pieces, and then he tramped over the pieces.

(Granted, he is also the guy that introduced the idea of Sue having a dangerous, slutty, side that resented being treated as inferior in any way, but I don’t think she was portrayed as a girly girl once in his run)

But whatever. I don’t think I will be voting on this one. The FF are an unit. Personalities and powers that complement each other perfectly. That is why replacement members don’t quite work in the comic.

This is so hard. Reed or Johnny– they’re both excessively arrogant, although I think Reed’s arrogance is probably worse since it leads him to try to control other people’s lives at times. But at least he’s smart enough to recognise his own flaws, and try to overcome them.

Really, the worst character depends so much on who the writer is.

The Thing, hands down.

Although I agree with those who are She Hulk fans. I was bummed when Ben left, but Jennifer was an awesome stand in who became a bona fide hit. Byrne could do no wrong at that time.

Every one of the Four has sucked at one moment or another, depending on the current plotlines, so I’m going to go with the “basic” concept for each.

Ben definitely comes last, because being a monster (who can’t change back to human form) sucks, and all the sympathy it generates doesn’t make up for it in the long run. Not like I HATE the character or something, but definitely I like him the least.

Had to vote for the Thing, muscle guys in the Marvel universe are a dime a dozen

I want an Invisible Sandwich.

Ed,

The Thing is the reason muscle guys are a ten-a-penny in the MU. He was the first.

I think for a lot of people there’s the hangup about if they vote for a woman, that would somehow make them misogynist.

Yeah – I did feel a bit bad voting for the only woman on the team, but I do find her dull as dishwater.

Mr. Fantastic! For a long time, his brains were as much a deus ex machina as they were a central point of the story. There was never anything particularly interesting about him, try as the writers might. I sometimes think writers were right to try removing him or giving him a sort of “Doom Patrol Chief” position the way they did in M2′s Fantastic Five series. He’s too bland a personality to allow to suck that much oxygen out of the plot-room.

Johnny is the sparkplug, Ben is the badass grumpy one that gets beat up, Reed is the thinker and leader. I would have to say Susan I like the least. Not because I don’t like her, but because I like the other so much.

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