I speak old school D&D (I have the original white box set!) so I get your point on Neutral Neutral.
Yeah for me, Sue is very hard to parallel. Sue represents....what exactly? Lawful Good? It will be interesting to see who that add to the recon team.
I think your romance prediction for Ben and Rachna is also a good one. It makes sense from the build up perspective. I'm starting to think you are very good at seeing the patterns in the story tropes. I would much prefer Ben to dump Alicia anyway and move on to a better relationship.
Ok, so this issue just about confirms what last issue strongly hinted at - this run is not for me - and after this run Zdarsky needs to stay far away from the Fantastic Four.
Not only do we have sub-par art now taking the place of one of the greatest strengths so far of MTIO volume 2 so far, but we get another in what seems to be an ongoing series of (bad) attempts by Zdarsky to put his mark on the book through inane retcons. Last issue we had the "flame as cleaning agent". Now we're subjected to this nonsense about their powers being dependent on being in the same universe as each other. I don't even have the desire to go into details of how ludicrous this plot point is. I simply will add my hopes with others who've already posted that this retcon is done away with as soon as possible.