I'm not going to cover every single Wraith appearance, flashback and cameo this week, but FF 277 is one issue that I've had in my collection for a long time, right up there with Uncanny X-Men 185-188. It tells the tale of the Thing's rematch with a Dire Wraith. But this time, he doesn't have Rom to help him out.
There's also a Mephisto story (Byrne split the book in half horizontally), but we don't care about that.
Our story takes place as Ben Grimm finally returns from the Beyonder's planet. Can he pick his life up where he left it, or has somebody been sleeping with his girl Alicia?
The answer is (b). Fighting ensues until Alica stops it with an insulting slap. Oh well. And in any case, that's when the Wraiths decide to send their planet out to meet ours through a black hole in our sun (Rom #64).
As per Ben's luck with women lately, the first girl he tries to help out of the cataclysm turns out to be a bad one.
The last time, Ben met male Wraiths and ripped them to shreds with his bare, de-powered fists. Can he handle a female? He obviously keeps himself up to date, so maybe he can. Drill tongue!
And it's a fail for mah Wraith sista! And then Rom #65 happens and things get back to normal. Yeah, I thought those two issues lasted a lot longer. Maybe Ben took in a movie before trying to rescue the girl or something. He HAD been away a long time, after all.
But his winning streak against Dire Wraiths remains unbroken, which is the only thing that's important!