The FF have been trying to stop the Inter-dimensional Council of Reeds from bringing their plans to fruition. They have enlisted several of their enemies to help them and last issue were facing off against the Council of Reeds in the High Evolutionary's city, when Attilan (the home of the Inhumans) appeared with Black Bolt on the throne... the problem with this (besides being convoluted) is that Black Bolt is supposed to be dead.
|Executive Producer:||Alan Fine|
|Chief Creative Officer:||Joe Quesada|
|Editor In Chief:||Alex Alonso|
|Associate Editor:||Lauren Sankovitch|
|Cover Art:||Andy Lanning, Mark Bagley, Paul Mounts|
|Lettering:||VC's Clayton Cowles|
In stark contrast to all previous issues of the FF, this issue focus purely on flashback and filling us in on how Black Bolt and the Inhumans end up on the scene. I'll admit, I'm extremely surprised and mostly pleased. FF has been a frustrating read with many plot points unexplained, with the assumption made that readers had read the preceding Fantastic Four series.
Anyway, Black Bolt and the Inhumans had taken over the Kree empire and then gone to war with the Shi'ar empire, leading to what seemed to be the demise of Black Bolt. Without Black Bolt, the Inhumans still govern the Kree and Lockjaw senses something amiss, he stalks the world overhearing schemes and meetings. Eventually he somehow receives a vision of the past. This flashback explains the origins of the Inhumans and the Universal Inhumans recently introduced in the Fantastic Four. Basically, the Supreme Intelligence had some scientists conduct experiments of mutation on different populations. When the scientists bring the results to him, the Supreme Intelligence predicts the results of the experiments will eventually lead to his demise. He orders the scientists killed and the planets purged, but some of the experiments survive, leading to the Inhumans.
The issue ends with Black Bolt floating in space and opening his eyes...
This issue was great, because I finally felt included on some of the essential backstory I have been craving. It wasn't what I was expecting and there is still a lot of filling in I would of liked, but I am very glad that Black Bolt didn't just appear and then the main story roll on. I had actually followed the War of Kings when it was published, but this was a more than just a recap of that storyline.
I am a fan of the Inhumans though and if you were buying this comic purely for the FF or Spidey, you'd be feeling ripped off and rightfully so. None of the FF, including Spidey, appear at all this issue!
Extra marks for an enjoyable story. Some marks deducted for not featuring any of the title characters!