I picked up my weekly assortment of comics yesterdey and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33 was the first one I read through. As a follower of ClanDestine since issue #1, I've long hoped that we fans would eventually get to see the rest of the storyline that you had planned out for the family (before it was so sadly cut short). It was over SEVENTEEN YEARS ago that we first learned that Adam had killed his son Vincent and it was an absolute pleasure (albeit a sad one) to finally see how and why that tragedy occured. The fact that there are still mysteries about what happened to Vincent just makes me even more eager to read the rest of the story in this year's DAREDEVIL and WOLVERINE Annuals.
That being said, there are a lot of aspects of the Clan Destine that haven't yet been explored and I'd be overly optimistic if I expected those next two annuals to provide all of the answers. So, I sat down and wrote out a list of questions that I had about the Destines, questions that I suspect will not be answered next month. I was going to call this topic "Twenty (ClanDestine) Questions" but I found that, unless I wanted to ask questions that might require spoilers for answers, I would have to include some rather trivial questions (like does "Winter of 1374" refer to the winter of early 1374 or late 1374) so I cut the number back to just ten.
Anyway, here is the list of ten questions that I wanted to ask you about the Clan Destine. Some (probably more than I'd like to think) are still quite trivial and some I've wondered about for years while one only occured to me yesterday. Still, I would greatly appreciate any and all answers that you would care to provide. However, if any of these questions would require *spoilers* as answers, then please skip them.
1. Adam was born in 1168 and was in his “sixteenth year” when he nearly died. This means that his impalement occurred between his fifteenth birthday (in the summer of 1183) and his sixteenth birthday (in the summer of 1184). Could you provide a more exact date (i.e. season or month, year)?
2. In the miniseries, Adam said that the land of Yden was part of his beloved and Walter stated that Elalyth “was never really here” because “she can’t…” From these comments, I jumped (nay, LEAPED) to the conclusion that Elalyth was somehow unable to leave the valley of Yden and that that meant that all of her children must have been born there. How wrong was I?
3. Given that Elalyth is a mystical being, does she give birth much like human women? Or is it a more supernatural process?
4. Adam’s statement that it was a legend that Elalyth was a Djinn implies that she is actually something else. Is it possible that there is a legendary creature which is based on her? A certain infamous female mythical character who married a man named Adam and had many children comes to mind, and her name sounds similar to “Elalyth” (even though their natures seem very different).
5. If Elalyth is a pure white light source and Adam is a dispersive prism, then their children are the refracted beams of light of various colours that are created by their interaction, a rainbow-spectrum of light into which the original white light was split. Is this a fair description of how you see the Destine family? Or, possibly, their various gifts?
6. Jasmine’s forty-third host body was the American Indian woman who was injured when Vincent destroyed the manor house. Given that she is a nomadic consciousness, does she count her original Destine body as her first host body? Or would it be “Body Zero?”
7. As I recall, you once said that Jasmine left her original, immortal Destine body by choice. How did she do that? More specifically, did she have to kill her original body in order to transfer her consciousness out of it? Or is “she” still alive somewhere, either asleep or preserved?
8. Newton seems to have kept the true nature of his gift a secret from Jasmine, telling her that he could only transport himself across the dimensional divide. Is his gift the ability to open dimensional portals? Or is it the intelligence needed to create a mechanism that generates such portals? Or is it a combination of both?
9. There are apparently no second-generation Destines. Is that because Adam and Elalyth’s children are not genetically-compatible with ordinary humans? Or is there something about their immortal nature that renders them infertile?
10. I found the story of what happened to Vincent to be very interesting but finally reading it brought to my attention a discrepancy that I hadn’t noticed before. In the first series, Adam’s killing of Vincent had occurred over eleven years previously but it was implied that it was after the twins were born (i.e. less than twelve years earlier). Since the “present-day” of those early issues was 1994, that would mean that Vincent died in 1982 or 1983. However, the story in Fantastic Four Annual #33 seems to suggest that Vincent’s death took place nearly a year after he vanished (during the 1969 Woodstock Festival?) which would make his year of death 1970. Over a decade of time separates these two possible dates and there are consistency problems with both of them. If Vincent died in the 1980’s, then Samantha (who was born in 1951) would have been over 30 years old then, and not the child depicted in the annual. She also wouldn’t have been “still a youngster” when Vincent destroyed the mansion or “just a kid” when she saw Cuckoo’s last body switch. On the other hand, if the 1970 date is accurate, then Samantha (at 18) still looks too young in the annual. More importantly, it raises the question of what happened during that decade between Vincent’s death and Adam and Dom’s separate self-imposed exiles. It would also mean that Adam and Elalyth conceived the twins after Adam killed Vincent – which is not something that has not even been hinted at before.