What an amazing issue this is. So much so in fact that it makes me even more sad to know that it will be one of Jonathan Hickman's final issues on the series. It really feels like the writer is closing up shop and tying any loose ends he may have left throughout his run, while still managing to create a springboard for future creators to take his ideas and run with them.
This issue is just visually stunning. From the beautiful fluidity of the panels, Ryan Stegman's absolutely gorgeous pencils and the incredibly vibrant colors by Paul Mounts -- this is a book you will read and then re-read just to get a better look at the individual panels. Stegman isn't the type of artist to cut any corners, he really pays a lot of attention to detail in his work and this issue is no different. It's really gorgeous stuff.
The name of the issue is "The Wizard," which is appropriate considering the Wizard is at the center of the comic in a really big way. But it doesn't start out that way, at least not exactly. The issue opens with word that A.I.M. has just purchased their very own country -- which could mean big things in the future for the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the United Nations.
Hickman doesn't sacrifice humor to tell a really interesting and slightly complicated story, either. There are certainly moments of humor shared between Spidey, Thing and Human Torch. The big moment, however, is at the end of the issue where a certain character that had previously been taken in by Reed Richards and the Future Foundation is faced with a big decision. It will be interesting to see where things take off from here.
I really could not find anything wrong with the issue.
I absolutely loved this issue. While it definitely picks up from Hickman's previous stories, it also acts as a great self-contained issue. If you still haven't had the chance to try reading Hickman's run, this story might be easy enough for you to follow along. Paired with Stegman's pencils and Mounts' gorgeous colors, it's not a book you will want to skip out on if given the chance.