This was fucking awesome, and to my mind definitely the best Fantastic Four story Hickman’s done so far. But the thing is, this issue wouldn’t have worked unless we’d gone through the (sometimes painful) 30 or so issues preceding it. The main story condensed all of the confusing plotlines down into an easy to follow action comic and Hickman found time for some really great character moments and guest-stars, all of which were perfectly drawn by Epting. And then Johnny Storm returned! Hooray! I think we all knew he wasn’t actually dead, but it was so good to see him back. The story showing how he ‘survived’ was brilliant, Di Giandemenico rocked the art and it was just a blast from start to finish. I am confused a bit by the ending though, is Johnny evil now then? Has he been possessed by something? I think he might have been, but I’m not sure.
The Black Bolt and Galactus stories were only OK in terms of writing, but the art was amazing in both, Ming Doyle is a really underrated artist. The final Franklin story was just amazing, and demonstrated for once that Hickman does have a sense of humour, because a lot of the time his work is very po-faced. And it doesn’t hurt to have Farel Dalrymple artwork, I’ve been a fan of his since Omega The Unknown, and it was great to see him back at Marvel doing something unexpected. Overall, this was a damn good anniversary for the FF, and one that unlike most milestone issues, wasn’t a nostalgia-fest, but was very clearly looking to the future.