Sure, sure--we've all seen Crusher Creel, the Absorbing Man, get his ball and chain handed to him despite the power he was given by Loki, the God of Mischief, to absorb and take the form of any material or properties he wishes. More than once he's come up against Thor (and even Odin himself)--and yes, you'd think being on more than equal footing with the God of Thunder would give Creel the edge he needed to claim victory. Yet Creel has always unwittingly brought about his own defeat--but how? If he absorbs the power of Thor's hammer, what's keeping him from taking his victory lap with that kind of might at his disposal?
By the time of their fourth meeting, Creel has reached the point of being pretty tired of getting walloped by Thor--and it looks like he's finally wised up as far as sticking to a game plan.
Of course, if we had a nickel for every time a villain made a "this time it's gonna be different" speech, we'd be sipping piña coladas at the Club Med of our choice and tipping outrageously. But let's see what Creel's plan is before we start packing our bags, because it looks like he means business this time.
Wait a minute--that's the plan? Haven't we been to this party before?
(Thor doesn't seem to think so.)