This issue was Jonathan Hickman in pure ‘setting stuff up for the future’ mode, and it was fine, but it’s not exactly satisfying to read. I will say that the Wakanda/Atlantis War really getting underway felt like more of a complete bit of story to me than the other threads, and it’s those sequences that I enjoyed the most here. The rest? We shall have to see.
You’ve got Iron Man and Mister Fantastic worrying about the Incursions and hiring some mystery person to help them out. I literally have no idea who this person could be, and I find I don’t really care. There’s also Namor plotting something with Black Swan, which could be interesting and finally, whatever’s going on with The Inhumans.
This all looks like set-up for whatever’s going to happen in Infinity which sets up Inhumanity. It’s set-up for more set-up, which is just weird. There was an excellent article on The Outhouse recently about how Marvel was stupid for revealing Inhumanity before Infinity had happened, but I actually think this issue showed it was a good thing. If I had read this issue without knowing that The Inhumans were about to become a big deal and were IMPORTANT then I would have enjoyed those sequences a lot less. I know you should read comics for their own quality level, not for how ‘important’ they are to a larger continuity, but sometimes I can’t help it. I know to be on the look-out for Inhumans stuff, and that made these scenes that could have seemed worthless, noteworthy. Especially since Hickman went to the Black Bolt speaking well twice, which is too much. Black Bolt speaking should be an event, not something that happens in two consecutive scenes! Stupid Hickman!
What else? Oh yeah, at the end, some strange aliens showed up to visit each of the Illuminati. What’s the deal with these guys? Are they something to do with the Incursions? Or are they Infinity-related? Hickman’s problem is that he’s building to so many different things that it’s not apparent which one of those stories any new development is linked to. Unless… they are all the same story. Mind = Blown. Mike Deodato’s art was good as always, even with uneven issues like this, his art holds things together.