I'm floored. Chip Zdarsky plucked every damned heart string that this old FFan has left and if Jim Cheung isn't drawing from the heart himself it's a damned good act.
Unlike their terrible showings in other books this really showed us Ben and Johnny.. and that two faced Victor guy, too. It's not a sad reflection of greatness gone by, it's so far the true continuing story of two great friends who've shared in a terrible tradegy and are trying to move forward the only ways they know how to. Johnny isn't a two dimensional self absorbed idiot, he's a brother, uncle and friend coping with monumental loss. And Ben, Ben is Ben Grimm. That amazing character that a long time ago I said drove the bus on a tour for the readers through the amazing Marvel Universe.
Can't wait for the next issue. Wonderful to read, gorgeous to look at. Heck, Zdarsky even tossed in a editors note in one corner for a reference. Loved seeing that.
It's still not certain to me at times who even knows Reed, Sue and the children's fate. Doom discussed it with Tony's gf Amara but when Bendis has him talking about Reed and Sue with Ben almost reads like he's feels they aren't coming back. Is Marvel writing out Reed, Sue and the kids and sending on the mission to rebuild the multiverse for some undetermined amount of time? I'll be disappointed if they don't return at some point during this series
Marvel's also keeping things close to their vest on the nature of this series. Is it a mini-series or an ongoing?