Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Ramon K Perez
Cover: Paul Renaud
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Colorist: Federico Blee
After defeating the Mad Thinker and his version of the Fantastic 4 plus forces of the evil Spider-Man who ruled it Johnny and Ben were saved. The moment we’ve basically been waiting for has finally happened. It appears the Fantastic 4 are for all intents and purposes reunited again. This issue though just features Ben & Reed. Also Reed has some explaining to do in regards to he and Sue’s absence. Also, other surprises are in store…
With the Thinker in custody Reed and Ben begin catching up. Obviously, if the reader has been following this story since the beginning The Thing and the Human Torch have been trying to search for the other members of the Four. Ben still has some feelings toward Reed and demands an explanation as to where he and Sue took the kids and went. Reed provides somewhat of an explanation. He takes Ben to another universe he and Sue were monitoring where they end up fighting with a creature. After escaping that they end up at Castle Doom where Ben notices the Victor of that universe is quite different. The individual members of the Fantastic 4 are different as well. Doom and Reed are on better terms here ad Doom unveils something he’s been working on which concerns Reed to a great degree. The trio finish their conversation with the Fantastic and Thing departing.
This was definitely an eye opening issue. Seeing Doom and Reed on the same side was awesome to say the least. Also seeing Ben’s reservations about working with Doom was also very interesting given his collective history with the super powered group. Ben’s questioning if all Doom’s were just bad to me was very telling as it shows his street smarts and straight forward thinking, going with his gut. This is opposed to Reed who is just into logic, science, and whatever else. This book does a great job separating the two and keeping them in their respected lanes and I love it.