Written by: Jonathan Hickman
Pencils: Nick Dragotta
Cover by: Mike Choi & Guru-eFX
Do not pick this book up unless you have already read the previous 19 issues, or if you are purchasing the previous 19 issues of the series along with this issue and are planning on reading them all before reading this one.
Did that make sense?
FF #20 is by no means a story within itself. It’s more of a series of loose threads which Jonathan Hickman is trying together, designed to bring us up to speed. This issue really bounces around. We spend very little time on any one thing.
Annihilus is returned to the Negative Zone by Johnny Storm. Val and Bentley hang out with future-Val and Future Franklin, which is kind of fun, I really did enjoy that bit. And we are given a peek at the Inhumans and the Kree who are not at all happy about their situations.
This is one of those books I like to read while standing up at the comic book store because I don’t feel the need to purchase it. It plays like the bridge to a favorite song, and when the series is collected into a TPB it will work perfectly in that capacity, bridging the gap from the previous events to the final three issues of the series.
Sadly we are nearing the end of Hickman’s incredibly cool Fantastic Four. Soon it will be re-launched, re-imagined and replaced, with the upcoming “Marvel NOW!” event, or initiative, or something along those lines.
Maybe it will be cool, maybe it won’t. Either way Jonathan Hickman has made a mark on this team, and I for one will miss this book once it’s gone.