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Edopunk Marvel: Mister Fantastic by genesischant Edopunk Marvel: Mister Fantastic by genesischant
Marvel characters reinterpreted through the lens of Japanese history and folklore.

Mister Fantastic is reimagined as Azari

Ryuuchi Toritsu was a respected scholar-monk, known for his intelligence and deep understanding of Buddhist law. During research into old temple records, Ryuuchi discovered the location of a lost sutra manuscript. With this knowledge, he organized a pilgrimage to the abandoned monastery he believed held the scroll. He and his four companions made the long journey, staying at temples and in the homes of laypeople. At each stop, he would recite passages from the sutras and speak with great authority on all aspects of the faith. When the pilgrims at last approached the place that housed the forgotten sutra, one of their number stole ahead in the night-- hoping to claim the sutra's power and wisdom for himself alone. Something went wrong, and the pilgrims found themselves set upon by monstrous demons from the hell realms. The demons seized them, and pulled them bodily down into the depths of Yomi.

Watching from paradise, the wise boddhisatva Monju had seen the monk as he made his way. He had listened to the monk's patient and skillful instruction on the Dharma. When he and his exalted fellows saw the demon's attack, they implored the great Buddha to intervene. The Buddha lent a small fraction the power of the Great Buddha of the West to aid Ryuuchi. With this power, and the help of his companions, he was saved.

The power of the lord of the West is that of the waters. Ryuuchi's mind and body now flow like water, and he leads the pilgrims as they make their never-ending pilgrimage throughout the land, bringing the shining truth of the Buddhas' teachings to the darkness of the world.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Oh my! BTW, I love the phrase "body and mind flows as water", and I'm certain I've heard it before... was it an actual comment on Richards' powers (people have commented on the Fantastic Four and the elements in the comics) or is it from some Japanese source? or did I hallucinate it?
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HeroesFanboy138 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Well, there was this comic mini series called Marvel 1602, which did pretty much what he's doing except in medevil Europe. In it, the Fantastik Four were described as getting elemental abilities.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Yeah. There is also an ass-old (early eighties, I think) comic where Diablo the Alchemist is inspired by this to summon four elementals to kill FF. They are doin splendidly until Reed uses SCIENTIFIC THINKING! to figure out the flaws in Diablo's plan, which he then exploits by having everyone switching opponents.

There was also (again, before 1602, so obviously Gaiman was working on a deep-lying theme) an article on historic superhero roleplaying in the column Suppressed Transmissions. It had an Elseworld campaign in which modern New York is switched for early Imperial Rome. The Pythagoreans are the FF's equivalent, and their leader Fabulus Calamus ("Fantastic Reed") is directly described as having his "mind and body flow like water". "And now you know!
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tamanou Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Oh, and Monju = The Watcher, of course!
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RichardTingley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Great, I can't wait to see the rest.
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solomonfaust Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Sort of Journey to The West. I like it! Here's hoping the ever-loving blue-eyed Thing resembles a certain ornery simian!
These are so cool, I can't say that enough!
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Quantum-Roberts Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Oh. My. God. Its the Fantastic Four meets Monkey Magic! Awesome!
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I like this! Can't wait to see the rest of them!
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comicbookgeekgal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wonderful! As a Marvel and as a lover of Japanese history and folkore your series of art is great. Maybe you could pitch the concept to Marvel and get a min series out of it.
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