> McDuffie's Fantastic Four was...rather fantastic. THIS was the FF I've wanted to see: guest stars galore (Deathlok in human form, the Silver Surfer, Epoch, Starlight, the Watcher), a space mission, action, adventure, mystery.....and all in one issue! THIS single issue would have taken Bendis 9 boring issues to tell in NA.
I'm slightly torn about getting the FF. I've NEVER bought an issue - never was even interested really. But I did love Beyond, and Gravity particularly. If he is coming back, then maybe I'll pick up the trade.
> Silent War: Well, I have to admit that I was a bit confused by this issue, and it seemed like a plateau issue in this 6-part series. Quicksilver's jumping around time, the presence of the obnoxious Layla Miller, and the backward-forward-backward way the story was told and illustrated left me at something of a loss in terms of clarity. I have to read it again: I'm not sure what's going on, but there seems to be major trouble ahead on the moon for the Inhumans. Will they lose their home again?
> However, it was also wonderfully 'Marvel Inclusive,' with Multiple Man, Guido, Maximus the Mad, and others popping up the way they might (or should). So far, it's just a bit less good for me than Son of M was. But I'm enjoying it.
I'm totally enjoying Silent War. I didn't pick up Son of M (but plan to) and I've never been interested in the Inhumans, but because of the X-Factor connection, I decided to pick this mini up. Man, I'm glad I did. The Marvel Exclusiveness which you so accurately described is a huge reason why: I love a book that has characters from across the MU, but also fits them in seamlessly. The art is different but pretty cool and it fits, and the writing has been superb. (I, for one, had no trouble following the story in this issue.) But I love Jamie and Layla, and it was great seeing them in action - hopefully they stick around.
Quicksilver's quickly become one of my favorite characters in the MU since his transformation. He's got a deliciously not-sane approach to his new powers, he's got plenty of ties around the MU, he's just great. I can't wait to see what happens next issue.
So far everything that happens in this issue is predicated on getting back Gravity's corpse, which was mysteriously stolen from its grave.
It looks as if we'll see him alive in the near future, but the plot might be slightly deceiving about this. Still, we know he has some kind of destiny ahead after BEYOND!, presumably as a sentient being and not as a moldering corpse.
If you love SW and Quicksilver, the you must read Son of M. IMO, it's the first time QS has really progressed forward as a character in more than 20 years. I really enjoyed it.
Also, look out for his about-to-be released action figure ($8.99-$9.99 and up, depending on where you buy it) in the Marvel Legends Hasbro line. See attachment. The variant figure, which will be much harder to find, is in his original green costume.
I apologize to Marvelous News for copying the photo.
Peace, and enjoy!