This is the third issue of a five issue
story centering on the the potentially catastrophic results
of Reed's obsession with the Cosmic Cube and introducing
the Ultimate universe version of the Silver Surfer. Norrin
Radd still plays the servant to a world-altering megalomaniac,
but not the one you might expect.
This twist makes space for an Ultimates
version of another classic FF villain to be introduced in
convincing fashion. The story fits into the established
history of Ultimate FF, carrying old plots forward
without requiring new readers to go back and read the stories
where those threads were introduced.
Reed Richards is the center of the story,
assuming roles of both protagonist and antagonist in the
scheme of the story. Carey's run has focused mostly on Reed
and we get to see his relations, which is a nice change
from the classic Marvel universe depiction of the character.
The character of Reed's sister, Enid, has the potential
to turn the book into the Fantastic Five. Her character
is great fun, and I like the interaction between Reed and
his parents, but I do sense the absence of the other members
of the FF in the last three story arcs, as they mostly play
supporting roles in these stories that center on Mr. Fantastic.
There's nothing wrong with that, but I hope the book returns
to a sensibility more suited to the ensemble nature of the
cast once the Silver Surfer arc play itself out.
The real strength of the book is the action
scenes, where the words and art come together in the most
satisfying way. The combination of Pasqual Ferry and Justin
Ponsor evokes an atmosphere of alien interaction with a
possible near future with a style that combines the best
elements of Hartmut Esslinger and Moebius. The tech, the
people, the effects, the art on this book is a cut above.
I want to see these guys get hired to produce some expensive
animation. Take a look at the three panels on page five.
The depiction of the powers and flow of the action is outstanding.
Whoever hired the art team for this book should get bonused
immediately. I'm certain Joe Quesada will get right on it.