- When I was arrested for not being registered, I was committing the unforgivable crime of taking my grandchildren out for ice cream. When I tried telling the gestapo that I had retired from tinkering after that so-called 'Secret War,' they accused me of rabble-rousing and dragged me to this hellhole without due process. I've been in this jail your friend and leader designed ever since. A prisoner of the super hero community you'd like me to assist.
- -- Tinkerer
Appearing in "No one gets back alive! Part 3: Escape from Fantasy Island"
- Fantastic Four
- Franklin Richards
- Valeria Richards
- Skrulls (Only in flashback)
- Megaman (Nathan Cooper) (Cameo)
- Stegron (Vincent Stegron) (Cameo)
- Mason's grandchildren (Only in flashback)
- S.H.I.E.L.D. agents (Only in flashback)
- Tony Stark (Mentioned)
- Alicia Masters (Mentioned)
- Onslaught (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "No one gets back alive! Part 3: Escape from Fantasy Island"
Trapped in the Negative Zone thanks to a Skrull Invasion of Earth, the Thing, Human Torch and the Richards kids are flying the Fantasti-Car to Prison 42, the super-villain prison created by Mister Fantastic. As Ben and the Torch discuss the reappearance of Johnny's ex-wife Lyja, the children are nabbed by a pair of scavengers. The Human Torch flies off after them and manages to save Valeria. Before he can go after Franklin, Lyja arrives with the boy safe and sound. Lyja tells Johnny that she did not rejoin the Skrull army to harm children and wishes to help them escape. Johnny decides it's time for them to talk.
While Ben, Valeria and Franklin go to the prison, Johnny and Lyja stay behind so that she can explain what happened to her. Lyja recounts how she was selected by Paibok to spy on the Fantastic Four, which led to her marriage to the Human Torch while she posed as the Human Torch. They discuss how Johnny was seemingly killed during the battle with Onslaught. Johnny tells her that he tried to look for her after he returned. Lyja explains that he didn't look very hard as she still used her Laura Green guise and became a librarian in New York City. Until one day she was approached by a Skrull who told her Queen Veranke has a need for her. She went to a secret meeting of Skrull subversives who were plotting the invasion of Earth, where she was convinced to get revenge against the Fantastic Four for abandoning her. Lyja agreed and underwent the process to restore her laser blast powers and enacted the scheme that led to them getting trapped in the Negative Zone. This upsets Johnny and he yells at her over manipulating them like this, but suddenly quiets when he learns that Lyja's original orders to were to kill everyone in the Baxter Building, Valeria and Franklin included. She explains that she convinced Veranke to spare them if she banished them to the Negative Zone instead.
Meanwhile, back at Prison 42, the Thing has smashed his way into the holding area. There he and the children look around until they find the cell holding the Tinkerer. The Thing tells the Tinkerer about the Skrull invasion and how they need his expertise to fix the Negative Zone portal so they can return to Earth. Mason refuses to help, explaining that the new laws enacted by the United States government saw him getting arrested in front of his grandchildren even though he was retired. However, Franklin and Valeria beg the Tinkerer, making him think of his grandchildren and bringing tears to his eyes. Soon the Tinkerer repairs the Negative Zone portal. Before going back to Earth, Lyja decides to stay behind, telling Johnny she needs to figure out who she is before leaving. The Tinkerer's repair job works, and they are brought back to New York City. There Johnny and Ben find the city in ruins and prepare to go out to take the fight to the Skrull invaders.
- This story takes place prior to the events of Secret Invasion #8.
- As explained in Fantastic Four #358, Lyja was sent to spy on the Fantastic Four by posing as Alicia Masters. This happened circa Fantastic Four #265. She then pursued a relationship with Johnny and the two got married in Fantastic Four #300. Lyja was exposed in Fantastic Four #357 and had a rocky relationship with Johnny from then on. Lyja disappeared after Johnny was seemingly killed in Onslaught Marvel Universe #1. In Fantastic Four Vol 3 #2, Johnny looked for Lyja and couldn't find her.
- Lyja and Johnny mention the time that Lyja posed as Laura Green. This happened after Johnny renounced their romance in Fantastic Four #392. Johnny revealed he knew the truth in Fantastic Four #416 and the two attempted to rekindle their romance, but this was just before the final battle against Onslaught.
- In the scene where Lyja is selected by Paibok to spy on the Fantastic Four, Dorrek VII is depicted as the emperor of the Skrulls. However, Dorrek VII was killed by his wife and successor R'Klll in Fantastic Four #208. In fact, at the time that Paibok chose Lyja, the Skrull Empire was in shambles after Galacuts consumed their throneworld in Fantastic Four #257.
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