After several issues of just treading water, it's nice to see this title finally getting back a head of steam. While I am still very put off by the manner in which Black Bolt returned, I really enjoyed the ice cold way in which he and the rest of the Inhumans handled themselves. Moreso than most of Marvel's other storylines in recent years dealing with some epic war, the conflict here felt on scale.
And of course, Doom stole the show from just the few pages in the beginning. I truly can't wait to see where things go with him from here.
Punchy wrote:There were some really cool moments in this issue, like Doom owning Diablo, Bentley 23 and Val hanging out and Spider-Man’s quips about Black Bolt’s 5 wives, Maximus unleashing his madness, but really, I was at a loss here. I don’t know why everyone is fighting, why are the Reeds there? Why does Black Bolt want to fight them? What was the High Evolutionary doing? It was just confusing, and I’ve read every issue of Hickman’s Fantastic Four so far, going all the way back to Dark Reign: Fantastic Four. I’m sure someone will be along any moment to call me a moron for not understanding it, but hey, I’m not content just to look at the pretty Epting art and the big words and be impressed.
If I am understanding it correctly, the remaining Alternate Reeds have been cut off from their home dimensions by the Celestials, who are out to destroy them anyway. To get back, they are trying to build a machine using the High Evolutionary's technology in conjunction with tech from the Old Atlanteans, the Inhumans, and the reborn Annihilus, to either get back to their home dimensions or take out the Celestials (or both). However, doing this will destroy our Earth in the process.
I could be wrong, though. I'm not at the house at the moment and thus do not have access to my comics, but I believe that is the jist of things.