Hey all, sorry--I've been on the run from the military for a crime I didn't commit.
I didn't get a chance to pick up comics last week, but I got this FF today and I have a lot to say, probably, unless I forget what and just post a number or haiku.
First, outside my impending review I'd like to address why Reed Richards is a bad husband and father--which is what got me banned from the Marvel boards a couple of years ago. It's turns out one of the moderators is not only a Reed Richards cosplayer, they are also a firm believer in the sanctity of comic book marriage.
(This was during Civil War, and I thought Sue should DEFINITELY file for divorce, and if she wasn't going to spend some time on her knees before the Lord of Atlantis, maybe she could have a drunken night with, oh, say Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and maybe Peter Parker.)
Which got me banned.
OK. Reed did some pretty fucked up shit back then, but unlike many of you I actually read Dark Reign: FF. It wasn't very good. FF 570 is a bit better, hell a lot better art-wise, but many of the same flaws persist. I'll save them for my actual review.
But (don't read if you don't wanna know):
[spoiler]At the end of it, Norman Osborn does something COMPLETELY out of the blue and lunges at Reed to shoot him in the head. Which, you would think either Sue would do a forcefield, Reed would make himself extra pliable, Johnny would melt the bullet--but no. What happens is Franklin shoots Norman Osborn with a plastic toy gun. After which they sort of scold him, saying "Hey young man, you can't hurt people no matter how right you think you are!" but don't seem overly concerned with a) how the gun fired a bullet, or b) the fact that their son just shot somebody. Plus, that chiding rings hollow when your family makes a career out of hurting people they think are wrong. If Val is a genius, she should've totally called bullshit there![/spoiler]
But Reed isn't concerned about that at all in FF570, leading me to believe a visit from Child Protective Services is in order.
And as to his constant poor treatment of Sue, one of the sexiest women in the 616, when Franklin says "I really hate going to bed!" in this issue, Reed replies "I know how you feel."
This brings me back to my original point that Sue Storm deserves a husband who still brings the magic in the bedroom once in a while, or maybe a lesbian fling--one or the other or both.