After a two-issue interlude which derailed the current story arc on the Council of Reeds to focus on Black Bolt‘s whereabouts since his apparent death in War of Kings, writer Jonathan Hickman finally gets back to the story we’ve been waiting for.
Maybe it’s the fact that this issue is two months too late, or the fact that Hickman’s jammed the final battle with far too many characters such as the Reeds, their subordinates, the Inhumans, the High Eveolutionary‘s minions, and the expanded roster of the Future Foundation, but still doesn’t go anywhere new with the story.
There are moments including Sue‘s dialogue with her father-in-law and Valeria‘s escape from her room, but the main battle (including a far too obvious double-cross) feels rushed, messy, and unfocused. We are given a couple of hints that everything Reed thinks he knows about his other selves might be wrong, but here’s yet another issue that’s not really about the Council of Reeds. At least this one does have the Future Foundation in it. Hit-and-Miss.