Things get a bit more tight here and sub-plots that were pushed off to the side for the tie-in come back in full swing. Everything in this book works so well. It all fits together very nicely and what really pushed this over the edge is that each, individual story, while fantastic on their own, never outshines any of the other side stories. There's a lot of awesome here and no filler.
I've said it time and time again about this series, but I love how writer James Robinson connects the FF world in this book. It pays homage to the past and utilizes it in well thought out ways that give this book a lot of depth. Bringing in Jim Hammond to take over the Future Foundation is a bold move, but one that sits well with Sue, which is something I really liked. She won't have to worry about her kids because they're in good hands. Their dialogue together was incredibly emotional and touching and the highlight of the issue.
Leonard Kirk does a tremendous job on this issue, with Scott Hanna on inks, and Jesus Aburtov on colors. The opening page featuring two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents escorting Ben Grimm away is not only beautiful to look at, but it gives a real sense of size for The Thing, something some artists don't do well with him because he's always clobbering. Kirk shows a very passive, handcuffed Ben with a sadness strung across his face. It's one hell of a way to open up a issue.
As a person who normally doesn't find the Fantastic Four appealing (sorry), there's actually little for me to dislike about this issue and series as a whole. Sure, I could throw a complaint in about how this ties into Original Sin's main story as much as pizza sauce ties into brick laying, but this is less of a tie in issue and more of an issue whose story is a result of the events of Original Sin.
Once again, FANTASTIC FOUR impresses me to no ends. I wasn't an FF fan before, but now I am, so I'd say Robinson accomplished a mission every writer has, which is to get everyone to enjoy their books. On top of that, Kirk and company do such a wonderful job on art duties. The Fantastic Four is so disjointed at this point in the story, but that's what makes this book such a great read. Nothing is going well for these guys, but it doesn't feel like Robinson is being malicious. He's just telling his story and it's a story I can't put down. Overall, I highly recommend this issue and series.