A Universe Away
I have A LOT of Fantastic Four catching up to do, but I did not have time to do it (just yet), so I thought I would jump in with this issue 600 and take it from there. I do plan on going back and reading 500-588, probably within the coming month.
That said, I really thought this issue was well suited fro long time Fantastic Four fans and new readers alike. A warning to new readers - you will want to get a foundation on the Fantastic Four, their relationship to the Marvel Universe and their powers before reading this cold. Either way, I believe this issue will be enjoyable with a bit of background and an open mind.
We get the resolution of the year long Fantastic Four hiatus cliffhanger in this issue, with "Whatever Happened to Johnny Storm"; as well as update of what is going on in the Marvel Universe, with "Forever - Part 1"... In fact, at first you may think this is some kind of Skrull / Kree War combined with Annihilation, and you wouldn't far off. A lot has changed in the universe since Annihilation, but much remains the same. Universal domination, Bugs, and a banding together of Super-Heroes to save the day.
Along with these two main stories, you also get three more supporting stories: "Black Queen", "The Arc", and "Remember". Overall the Art was great, and the writing fantastic - it definitely lived up to its namesake.
This is an action and drama packed issue that is sure to please the masses. If you haven't already picked this up, it comes highly recommended. Get your questions answered and your eyes opened to a new reality - a reality where death is just the beginning of a never-ending loop, in a universe continually attacked by those who want to send everyone through the spin cycle.