Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Fantastic Four #12While they’re most frequently referred to as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers are far from Marvel Comics’ strongest team of heroes. From cosmic powerhouses like the Annihilators to any number of Omega-level X-Men teams, the heroes of the Avengers could be outmatched by more than a few different groups. And one fantastic group of allies just proved that their odds against the Avengers are heavily in their favor.

Fantastic Four #12 by Ryan North, Iban Coello, Jesus Aburtov, and VC’s Ariana Maher finds the titular quartet shunted to an alternate reality populated by dinosaurs where they go toe-to-toe with the dinosaur Avengers and make short work of Earth’s Mightiest Reptiles. The team almost instantly breaks free of an energy cage generated by both Doctor Strange and Iron Man and squares off against their opponents. The battle comes to a complete halt with the Four the victors after Invisible Woman uses her forcefield to slam Mjolnir against the oversized Captain America shield stolen by the Thing.

Eventually, the two teams are able to communicate and resolve their differences, but that doesn’t change the major victory the Fantastic Four score during their initial encounter.

While they usually prefer to occupy the roles of scientists and explorers, the Fantastic Four are often referred to as their world’s greatest superheroes. As such, they’ve each certainly got the power to back that title up, and they’ve proved it countless times against forces like Galactus, Annihilus and Doctor Doom himself. Having saved the world on their own adventures more than a few times, the Avengers aren’t exactly pushovers, but ultimately, they can’t fully compete with the Fantastic Four for one key reason even outside of power levels.

The Avengers are a team of world-class heroes, but the Fantastic Four are a family, and they know one another far more intimately than their colleagues in the Avengers. More often than not, the Four are going to know each other’s moves before they make them, and that type of teamwork can make all the difference in a life-or-death situation. True, the dinosaur Avengers don’t want to hurt the Fantastic Four too badly in case they are really their mutated friends, but even so, the Fantastic Four are able to adapt and work as a cohesive unit in a dangerous and disorienting situation as they have countless times before.

Ultimately, should the Fantastic Four ever go to war with the Avengers, things don’t look good for Marvel Comics’ flagship super-team. Individually the members of the Avengers may be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. But when compared to the Fantastic Four, the Avengers aren’t Marvel Comics’ mightiest team.

Fantastic Four #12 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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