With this issue of the Fantastic Four, Hickman did not disappoint.
Wait a sec - yes he did.
One complaint that I've had with the Fantastic Four since the last days of Waid/Kesel is that they aren't a team. It's like the book is the solo adventures of the Fantastic Four, and on the anniversary of their 50th year the book opens up with, yup, the team not being a team. In fact apart from different panels on the opening page, they're not together anywhere in this book.
That's minus 1.
Valerie Richards - ugh.
That's minus 2.
Sue Richards' story and 'supposed' death threat was some simple political discussion? Yawn. Nice use of an armored arm (but c'mon, it's still her muscles throwing the punch and no way does Namor go down).
Reed Richards is off trying to save a planet from Galactus. That's cool!
The planet is Nu-World. Not cool. Didn't care for the place with Millar and I really didn't care for it when Hickman brought it back (I dropped the FF shortly after that).
There's a big head. Uhm - okay. The Maestro wants to fight (the Hulk Maestro?) but never does (?). They leave the planet. Galactus stands in some reverse Kirby Krackle. Really? That's it? And I thought Sue's story was boring.
And then the main scene. After Hickman dazzles us (
) with psuedoscience jargon for what seemed an eternity, the only way to stop the bugs is for someone to stay behind and enter 1-2-3-4 onto a keypad.
My droid doubles as a Tivo remote control and Valerie couldn't figure out how to just radio the code over? It's not like light and sound couldn't get through the barrier (hell a pointed stick could have work at this rate). As someone else said - why not send a HERBIE? Dumb. Just dumb.
And fuck the Avengers for not showing up when called.
Artwise it was okay. Some panels were beautiful (Johnny's last stand) and others were silly (the bighead). The coloring was gawdawful.
Yes, I went in expecting to dislike this issue, and that, is the only thing that Hickman did not disappoint me with.
Story - 0
Art - 5
Overall - 2.5