By Mark Millar (writer), Bryan Hitch (art), Andrew Currie and Matt Banning (inks), Paul Mounts (colors)

As you can expect, we’re treated to another issue of gorgeous visuals care of Bryan Hitch and his supporting art team. Mark Millar slows things down a bit in what’s probably his most story-centric issue of Fantastic Four yet. We’ve seen similar stories to this before, but the scale and character choices he uses here are bold and inventive.

Millar’s dropped hints over the past few issues that finally come to fruition and anyone with half a brain will be able to figure out who’s who and what’ll happen next with little to no effort. This lack of surprise left me a little disappointed, but the story held my attention making me genuinely interested to see where this goes next. That huge Earth contraption from the beginning of this run is definitely going to play a role in the last part of this arc, and the fun will be seeing how 8 billion people are transported there.

This is an issue of answers, explanations, and plot advancement. Don’t expect surprises, because chances are you won’t get any. If you’ve been having fun with the ride so far, chances are your experience won’t be hampered. Just don’t expect the shocking cliffhanger that Millar usually spoils us with. (Grade: B+)

– J. Montes