At the end of ‘FF’ #9, the Future Foundation had just narrowly avoided an intergalactic war. After the brief skirmish, Reed Richards, his father Nathaniel, and Spider-Man left the realm of the godlike Inhumans via Eldrac, the Door. Eldrac has the ability to teleport anyone who walks through it to wherever in the universe they need to be. It’s interesting to see where everyone ends up. Much to the relief of Susan, Reed ends up back at the Baxter building where he explains to her (mostly) about what happened while he was away and they discuss what to do next since the intergalactic turmoil is still not over. Spider-Man appears in an apartment with Ben Grimm (The Thing), and realizes that he needs to be there to deliver a message to Ben. While the heroes are winding down after the last issues battles, back on the Kree homeworld, Ronan the Accuser is planning an attack on the Inhumans back on Earth.
Nathaniel Richards exits the Eldrac Door in Latveria, the home to Doctor Doom. Nathaniel finds Doom still captured by the alternate universe Reed Richards that escaped the battle last issue. Why is Nathaniel needed in Latveria? I’m not spoiling that one for you. Go check it out! As issue comes to a close, the Thing arrives back at the Baxter Building with a few friends who have come to help stop the Reeds, Kree, and all the other madness once and for all.
Writer Jonathan Hickman continues to deliver an amazing family drama wrapped inside of a space opera of epic scale. There aren’t many comics in the world that could have kids sneaking out of their bedrooms one minute and war between intergalactic god-like races the next without making it seem… off. But Hickman manages to do this month in and month out and has made ‘FF’ one of my go-to titles every month. It’ll be interesting to see what turns Hickman’s tale will take in a couple of months with this series split in two with ‘FF’ #12 and ‘Fantastic Four’ #600.
Steve Epting has handed over his interior art duties to Barry Kitson for this issue. Luckily, Epting sticks around to do the cover. Even more fortuitous is that Kitson (who handled art back in ‘FF’ #4) is more than up to the task of America’s Greatest Comic Book Family. The level of detail that Kitson infuses into his characters is beautiful to behold… especially in the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing.
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by BARRY KITSON
Cover by STEVE EPTING