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FF #21 - Ronance Review

5

Big things are happening in FF -- if you're a fan of Black Bolt and the Inhumans this is not an issue you want to miss.

The Good

I didn't understand the significance of the cover until I read this issue -- and it's fantastic. Ronan stands before a fire, holding his wife Crystal -- Medusa's younger sister -- in his arms. It's best to have some background on the Inhumans when you first dive into this issue. During the War of Kings, Ronan (leader of the Kree Empire) married Crystal in order to establish an alliance between the Kree and the Inhumans. Although the marriage was arranged, the two eventually grew to love one another. This issue, essentially, is about their love and about love in general and is appropriately titled "Ronance."

The story opens in the present day with the Foundation who witness the arrival of the Inhumans. It shifts to a scene where Black Bolt stands before the Supremor, and something drastic changes. If you're a fan of the Inhumans and of War of Kings, you absolutely need to pick up the latest issue of FF. Not only is it an incredibly well written sci-fi story featuring the talents of Nick Dragotta; but it's an incredibly important issue as it changes the status quo of Black Bolt, the Inhumans, and their relationship with the Kree Empire. The events in this issue are significant and really change everything; but they are also very sad.

It is interesting, however, to see the evolution of a marriage that is built on the idea of bringing peace between two races. How it can grow to become much more than that, and how sometimes it needs to be sacrificed for political reasons. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming issues of FF and what this will mean for both the Kree and the Inhumans.

I thought it was sweet to see the scene with Sue and Reed prior to the big reveal later in the issue. The two are still, even so many years later and after having children, in love with one another. It's a sweet moment that they rarely get to share.

The Bad

There was nothing I didn't like about this issue.

The Verdict

I love the fact that Hickman reverts back to past events in his stories and brings them back to the surface. He creates interesting parallels between the relationships of different characters, and you see a lot of that in this issue. As sweet as this is, this issue changes a lot of things too. It's a sad story that definitely opens doors to possible story lines and interesting outcomes. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next.

14 Comments
Posted by Man of Lengend

Everything you said is so true ... loved this issue Black bolt is quickly becoming on of my top favorite comic characters of all time. This issue really make me want a new Inhumans series asap

Posted by pspin

Don't get me wrong I loved this issue and agree with this review but having not read War of Kings, I am totally lost on all of this Inhuman-Kree stuff. Still this was an excellent issue

Posted by Yai_Inn

What was going on in the scene where Sue was giving Crystal relationship advice? Sue says "something changes when a woman becomes a mother. something changed in me." and Crystal replies "I've seen my sister and her child... I know what happens your love grows."  Um did Hickman forget Crystal has a daughter?  

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@Yai_Inn: It is pretty odd that Luna was absolutely absent...

Edited by lorex
@Yai_Inn: I thought the same thing when I read that scene. I was wondering what if they are hinting about Crystal being pregenant with Ronan's child. In any case I hope that this plot threat is not entirely abandoned in the future as it leaves tons of potential openings for new stories.
Posted by thedanyrand

Iv been reading the Fantastic Four and FF for about the last 2 years and issues like this make it tough. I feel like i got maybe a third of that story. It feels like the call backs in the Fantastic Four go back so far I have no idea whats happening sometimes.

Posted by Overlander

A Marvel comic focusing on positive, functioning marriages? I'll have to pick this one up.

Posted by CrimsonAlchemist

Looks like this is an FF issue to pick up.

Posted by No_Name_

@thedanyrand said:

Iv been reading the Fantastic Four and FF for about the last 2 years and issues like this make it tough. I feel like i got maybe a third of that story. It feels like the call backs in the Fantastic Four go back so far I have no idea whats happening sometimes.

Me too. I had to go look it up. Did some research, then started reading the issue all over again. Doing that really made this good issue really, really great. Sometimes you need to have a little bit of context. Anyway, thank goodness for Comic Vine ;)

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Oh look another kissing cover!

Posted by metroplex02

The art was awesome. Ronan kneeling on that floating disc was sa-weeet.

Posted by SolthesunGod

I love the Inhumans but I found this hard to follow. Something just didn't gel. Wasn't the art because I thought that was amazing. Perfect choice for the FF. Crystal's comments were bizarre. I think Hickman must have forgotten about Luna.

Posted by jaredbright

Man, I haven't read that stuff in a while.Last time I read anything with Blackbolt in it, he had been beaten to death by the Hulk... apparently.

Posted by Man of Lengend

@jaredbright: That was a skrull version ... the real Black bolt prob could have taken hulk at that time