Only One Deserves That Name


In his introductory chapter to The Gospel According to Superheroes, editor B.J. Oropeza recounts one brief interchange from a Fantastic Four comic:

When the [Silver] Surfer temporarily runs amok by attacking the earth (attempting to get nations at enmity with each other to unite against him), the Watcher summons Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) to help stop the silver space rider. His wife Sue Richards (the Invisible Woman) asks, “But what … can he do… against the all-powerful Silver Surfer??” To which the Watcher replies: “all-powerful? There is only one who deserves that name! And his only weapon… is love” (Fantastic Four #72; Mar. 1968). [3-4]