Of course the holiday season would not be complete without a pulse-quickening panorama of pixels. For this year we return to a prior theme with a twist. Exactly ten Christmases ago I commemorated the release of the first Tim Story-directed Fantastic Four movie by bringing together the greatest heroes of all time that I didn't create with the greatest heroes of all time that I did. That was the year the Fantastic Four and my own Environauts faced each other in a sizzling snowball fight! This year in the Cineplexes there was a movie with the name Fantastic Four on it, which was in no way a reflection of the brilliant creation of Stan "The Man" Lee and Jack "King" Kirby, and whose very existence I mostly ignored. For the Quantum Card this year I decided once again to bring together the phenomenal Foursome and the ne'er-do-wrong Nauts--and not any bogus Hollywood makeover of the FF, but the real, genuine, no-screwing-around, honest-to-goodness Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four! To make it even more fun this time I decided to throw in the arch-villains to boot! Our 27th Card, then, pits both teams against the baddest of all the bad guys: the Environauts' most mortal enemy Graeme Grimstead and Marvel's greatest figure of evil, Dr. Doom himself!
I hope this year's Card meets with your pleasure as you clobber and flame your way into 2016. Until next year, Nauts to you.