Paul: In issue number 141 of The Fantastic Four, published in November 1973, Reed Richards has to use his anti-matter on his own son who Annilus has turned into a human atom bomb. It was a typical predicament for the Fantastic Four, because they weren’t like other superheros. They were more like a family and the more power they had, the more harm they could do to each other without even knowing it. That was the meaning of the Fantastic Four, that a family is like your own personal anti-matter. Your family is the void you emerge from and the place you return to when you die. And that’s the paradox-the
closer your drawn back in, the deeper into the void you go.
Paul: To find yourself in the negative zone, as the Fantastic Four often do, means that all everyday assumptions are inverted. Even the invisible girl herself becomes visible and so she loses the last semblance of her power. Seems to me everyone exits partially on a negative zone level, some people more than others. In your life it’s kind of like you dip in and out of it, a place where things don’t quite work out as they should, but for some people there’s something about the negative zone that tempts them and they end up going in…going in all the way.
Phillip: Sometimes the shepherd needs the company of the sheep.
Paul: When you think about it, it’s not easy to keep from just wandering out of life. It’s like someone’s always leaving the door open to the next world and if you aren’t paying attention, you could just walk through it and then you’ve died. That’s why in your dreams, it’s like your standing in that doorway and the dying people and the newborn people pass by you and brush up against you as they come in and out of the world. During the night, you get spun around and in the morning, it takes a while to find your way back into the world.