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A Super-Student Comes Out in My Favorite Scene from This Week’s Comics

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You remember the Mole Man, the goofy-creepy Fantastic Four villain who lives underground? He runs with Moloids, the subterranean race that serves as his henchmen. Remember?

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Okay, so, some of those little yellow guys have been going to the Future Foundation, a fancy super-school that the Fantastic Four opened up in their skyscraper headquarters. And in the latest issue of the comic where they appear, something really moving and funny happens with them.

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The Moloids living in the Baxter Building have generally been played for comic relief in this series. So the scene in this week’s FF #6 where the Moloid named Tong confides to his brothers that he is a she comes across as a quiet emotional tremor. Things shake but the folks inside the scene re-adjust.

This whole issue of FF is a melancholy one and really highlights Scott Lang/Ant-Man as a sort of anti-Reed Richards. He’s still a super-scientist, sure, but he’s a bereaved one who struggles to keep his new adopted family intact.

Illustration for article titled A Super-Student Comes Out in My Favorite Scene from This Week’s Comics

The scenes where he’s talking to pictures of his dead daughter on his phone are like a gut punch. The Fantastic Four are the family that gets through everything. And this sister series firmly frames the FF as a more dysfunctional, more relatable mirror image of Marvel’s first family.

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Recently, a supporting cast member of DC Comics’ Batgirl revealed herself as transgender to that book’s main character. The publisher trumpeted the story beat with a round of publicity. It was a well-written scene but all the build-up robbed the sequence of its drama. So I’m glad that I didn’t get this lovely moment in FF #6 ruined for me in the same way.


What about you? What sequences or covers from this week's comics made your eyeballs happy? Share ‘em in the comments below.

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DISCUSSION

Was I the only one who thought that batgirl reveal was handled horrendously?

"I'm secretly batgirl, a vigilante crime fighter. I know batman personally and have encountered dozens of crazed villains. One of them, the joker, nearly killed me once, and I was paralyzed for a long time."

"That's nice. Let me tell you about the only defining thing in my life: I'm transgender. That's totally comproble to all that stuff about almost being killed while being a superhero."