By Mark Millar (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils, inks), Paul Neary (inks), Paul Mounts (pencils)

Mark Millar wasn’t lying! This book is full of high concepts. Usually when I read a book like this, there’s a lot of generalities – things just aren’t thought out well. That’s definitely not the case here. Like a true science fiction epic, Millar’s idea of a new man made Earth is provocative. The way he’s fleshed out this “Nu-World” and how the scientists have thought of just about every contingency from replicating graffiti on city walls to the moon’s effect on the tide is just brilliant.

Most of this issue goes into great detail regarding Alyssa’s “science project”. One might expect to be bogged down with these explanations, but thanks to the eye candy provided by Bryan Hitch, it all comes off very cinematic. Eventually, the story boils down to Alyssa selling this concept to Reed, imploring him to leave behind the super heroics and become a scientist on the project. He doesn’t exactly answer her question, but there’s no denying that it’s in the back of his head.

The other subplots started by Millar don’t really come into play this issue, and that’s fine with me – they’re  just “throw aways” and I prefer seeing him concentrate on this science fiction stuff. Sue is no where to be found, Johnny Storm runs into a super villain that falls for him (and vice versa), and The Thing rambles on about his date from the previous night while giving Reed a stern warning about Alyssa. I’m sure this will all tie together eventually, but for now, I’m happy with what’s going on.

The creative team is firing on all cylinders. Paul Neary and Paul Mounts deliver some beautiful inks and colors over Bryan Hitch’s pencils. And Russ Wooton’s has to be commended for his choices in typefaces (it all just fits perfectly). Fantastic Four is in very capable hands. Prepare to be enraptured from page one. (Grade: A)

– J. Montes

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