Fantastic Four #561 “The Galactus Engine”
Mark Millar, writer
Brian Hitch, penciler
In battle, Sue Richards disables the future Wolverine by turning his optical nerves invisible, thus rendering him blind…then the Thing clobbers him.
Nice plan, but there’s no way it’s going to work.
As the name suggests, the optic nerve transmits nerve impulses from the back of the eye to the brain. It does not transmit light or images of any sort. Thus turning it invisible would have absolutely no effect on vision. It would be like turning the wiring in a lamp invisible but leaving the bulb alone — the light’s still going to work.
This is the second time I’ve seen this error in a comic book; it must be a more common misconception than I realized.
Sue can see when she’s invisible, and her optic nerve is invisible with her, so maybe she should have realized there was a flaw in her plan earlier.
Wolverine, he of the “I can smell force fields” a page earlier, is disabled by losing his vision? He defeated Sebastian Shaw by purposefully fighting him in the dark in another comic published the same month.
Medical errors — and lateness issues — aside, I am thoroughly enjoying the Millar/Hitch run on the Fantastic Four. I think it just hits all my Fantastic Four buttons perfectly.