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FF #22


Bentley kicking the Wizard on the nuts after he ordered him to put on his helmet and "become what he was meant to be" was a very good moment, but Reed's claim that he raised him is, well, a bit of a stretch. Even at its best, Reed's parenting is a combination of benign neglect, applied cosmology homeschooling, and stern scoldings when you endanger spacetime without running things by him first (usually because you're too busy trying to fix what Reed did first, but that's another matter). I don't want to minimize the huge importance for Bentley's life of the FF's decision to bring him in — given the alternatives, and his own personality and skillset, it was a good fit — but, aside from Bentley himself, most of the credit should go to Val. They are beautifully and dangerously enabling for each other, and although that's possibly not the safest thing for the world, it's does provide them with a likeminded companion who knows how it is to have somewhat distant, morally-dicey-but-not-really-aware-of-it fathers.


On the other hand, the idea of REED RICHARDS running a private school for dangerously hyperintelligent kids continues to be terrifying and hilarious. It's like the Charles Xavier School of Telepath Ethics, the Anthony Stark Open Innovation Institute, or Bruce Wayne's Home and Counseling Center for Children Victims of Violence. I don't think I'll ever going to get over the fact that it's canon that Reed's parenting skills worry Galactus.

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browngirl
Sep. 27th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
*giggles in agreement*
__marcelo
Sep. 27th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
*g*
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