Issue 2 did not disappoint. It had excellent pacing along with the art work and writing. Doom, Ben and Johnny's voice has not been represented this well in a long time. Great action and characterization where everyone involved came across well represented. A minor quibble was Victor using the term "stupider" to denigrate his colleagues. It does not come across grammatically correct for me. I looked up the word online and there's different interpretations as to the word's official existence at all. Willing to let it slide in comparison to everything else I loved about this issue.
I'm glad to see that Ben just is not willing to let bygones be bygones between himself and Doom There's just too much bad history between the two to ever see a peaceful resolution even if Victor is truly trying to become a force for good. Their verbal confrontation had undertones of violence far louder than their brief physical confrontation. Really well done!
It never occurred to me Doom may have already guessed the truth on were Reed had hidden this mysterious device. You may well be right. And the flashback scene to the college years seemed so historically organic for these three men. Didn't feel forced at all just to further the plot where so much of what everything else Marvel seems to do these days of canonical history. Zdarskey really seems to get what the FF is all about from the simple college scene to the shared sly grin between Ben and Reed when even in the heat of battle with Doom as the Fantastic Four. Its a book I've been waiting to enjoy for a very long time!
Speaking of the college years, anyone else notice the date on Doom's treasured award? 1998 Here's an article from CBR about the reset on Marvel's sliding timeline.
Back to Reverend Meteors query in a prior post; what war could Ben and Reed have fought in since '98? I'm thinking the Gulf War is realistically about it to keep everything else timely. I wouldn't mind seeing that addressed again sometime and include Reed in this action.
Ben and Doom.
It AMAZES me that Victor and the FF ever work together in any functional amount. He's tried to murder them over and over. Imagine someone who'd abducted and tortured members of your family, forced the death of one of them (who magically returned). It's insane. Ben is the smart one here, and Johnny, too. I still say Johnny could take Doom out (when not depowered) by modulating temperatures on him too dramatically to compensate. Doom keeps coming out on top, but we haven't seen him have to deal with a Ben dead set on doing just what he mentioned here. Doom underestimates him, but one day that Hulk/Loki scenario from the Avengers movie should play out. He'd be lucky to only have his hands crushed.
For wars, heck, we're in 2018 (really? I lose track) 98 was 20 years ago! We're so far along they could have been involved in the Iraq situation.
I'm hoping Doof really is clueless as to the device, I don't want him tagging along any more.
And oh, yes. Loved it. Except for the Johnny Flame out, thing. That's irksome.