I guess this makes sense, but it’s very weird to me that Johnny technically has the ability to make things cold.
Oh yeah, and he’s gotta do it to preserve Ben Grimm’s comatose body. Probably should’ve mentioned that too.
The thing is, this makes Johnny’s normal flames a bit confusing, because these panels indicate some sort of conservation of energy is going on (otherwise he wouldn’t have that internal supernova thing going on—he’d just dissipate the heat).
That, however, raises the question where exactly is all of that energy coming from when Johnny flames on? If he were pulling it from his surroundings as he is here, his teammates would presumably not be able to fight in such close proximity to him. Is he just constantly eating to replenish all of the energy he consumes? Does his body shut down functions like digestion and other non-essentials to devote as much ATP as it can to sheer heat production? (the latter isn’t wholly implausible, as that’s what happens when the fight-or-flight response is triggered) Maybe his body’s just reached an entirely unheard-of level of efficiency (think 90%) and even with a normal diet, he has a significant amount of spare energy to convert to heat?
Or maybe this is a comic book and I should just assume aliens did it.
As always, perpetualmaelstrom, I appreciate your attempts to bring some hard-hitting science into these panels, but I do agree that this comic book in particular may not be the proper venue for it. : ) After all, Stan and Jack are the folks who (and I can’t stress this enough) had the FF shrink down small enough to visit a universe inside of an atom, wherein Johnny fell in love with a girl smaller than a quark. And if you’ve ever read any Jack Kirby solo work, you don’t want to know how he thinks cloning works (hint: microscopic, fully-adult Jimmy Olsens).
But, like I said, you’re asking the right questions here. If I recall correctly, according to Ultimate Fantastic Four (the series that dared to literally ask the big questions like “does Ben Grimm excrete waste?”), Johnny’s body constantly produced a layer of flammable coating. A website I recently visited speculated that folks like Johnny and Ororo might have nuclear reactors instead of stomachs, which is…weird and uncomfortable. Either way, that still doesn’t explain why his pals don’t get second-degree burns when standing near him.
Cosmic energy, I guess. When Stan and Jack are involved, it’s easiest just to say that.
roosterteeth + lightish red
THERES ALWAYS THAT ONE SHIP
YOU CAN TOLERATE EVERY OTHER FUCKING SHIP IN THE WORLD
BUT THAT ONE
MAKES YOU SO ANGRY THAT YOU CANT HANDLE IT AND YOU WANT TO TURN INTO THE HULK THROW BRICKS AT YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN WHENEVER YOU SEE IT
yeah i didn’t like titanic either
i was gonna reblog anyways but that titanic comment just made this 10x better
is that you balthazar