Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Ramon K Perez
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Colorist: Federico Blee
While being accompanied on their adventure by scientist Rachna Koul, our heroes Thing and Human Torch found two Elseworld teammates and unofficially put the Fantastic 4 back together with these new friends. Unfortunately, the doctor was using them to search for a replacement body for her sister who is in a coma. After discovering her trick, she teleports away leaving the 2 Fantastic members in an alternate dimension with no way to escape.
Ben and Johnny are stuck in their alternate universe in hiding. Their powers, which were gradually slipping away due to the distance from the other members of the Fantastic 4, has completely left. They are legit powerless now. They discuss trying to get a boosted signal out to Reed and Sue, who remain missing, through the universe’s version of Amadeus Cho. So far having no luck they discuss trying to use the signal to communicate with other teams such as the Avengers. Having no luck with that, it goes to later on with Johnny and Ben being alone. This is the moment, well one of them, that they’ve been building up to and Ben finally comes clean and admits to Johnny that it appears Reed and Sue are dead making their search fruitless. Johnny, overcome with rage, attacks Ben and the two start to scuffle before Ben stops fighting giving Johnny the upper-hand. After they’re done fighting, they realize the house they were in caught fire and is burning. Johnny runs back in for an item of great value to him. After that they share a moment of reflection as the house continues to burn. The next couple of panels show the existence of another Fantastic 4 with different membership.
This issue honestly wasn’t even interesting to me until the final couple of pages. I could have skipped everything until the end when Johnny and Ben begin their little scuffle. The payoff of Ben’s secret coming out is enough to shake the issue somewhat but not enough to get me interested. This issue isn’t terrible it’s just not very memorable to me. The art is also inferior to past issues.