Comics : FF #9

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This review was first published on: Feb 2012.

Background...

The FF are battling the inter-dimensional Reeds in the Forever City, Black Bolt has also brought the Inhumans to the party and at the end of the last issue, demanded Reed to attend him in an audience.

Also at the end of the last issue, Diablo turned on Doom and tried to fry him...

In Detail...

"Burn it Down"
FF #9
Nov 2011 : SM Guest
Summary: Spider-man Appears
Writer:  Jonathan Hickman
Pencils:  Steve Epting
Inker:  Rick Magyar
Cover Art:  Daniel Acuna, Stephane Perger
Lettering:  VC's Clayton Cowles
Colorist:  Paul Mounts
Executive Producer:  Alan Fine
Publisher:  Dan Buckley
Chief Creative Officer:  Joe Quesada
Editor In Chief:  Alex Alonso
Editor:  Tom Brevoort
Associate Editor:  Lauren Sankovitch
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The issue starts with Doom shaking off Diablo's fire and quickly dispatching Diablo and the Mad Thinker.

Next, Reed, Spidey and Nathaniel Richards. Black Bolt tells Reed to step aside while he deals with the evil Reeds, because their plans "inconvenience" him. Reed watches with Black Bolt as the battle is won by the Inhumans and two of the evil Reeds are captured. Doom leaves the Inhumans to face the last free Inter-dimensional Reed, they briefly battle, before the evil Reed puts a control collar on Doom and orders him to accompany him to Latveria.

In the battle's aftermath, Black Bolt orders Reed, Spidey and Nathaniel Richards to return home. Black Bolt offers them the use of the Eldrac door. The Eldrac door apparently has the power to transport all those who enter to where they need to be. They all enter the door... the end!

In General...

A fairly solid issue, great art, with some enjoyable story elements. I really liked Black Bolt and the Inhumans were portrayed. Black Bolt is a no nonsense monarch who demands respect because of the majesty and power he exudes. Doom's portrayal was also on target. Reed and the other FF members featured in this issue are forced to be merely spectators.

The unexplained plot elements weren't as annoying this issue... I can't help the nagging feeling that maybe the Inter-dimensional Reeds aren't as malevolent as were originally led to believe and that the Inhumans hidden plans are more of a danger. I am actually looking forward to how these plot twists might turn out... it's probably the first time since this series started that I'm looking forward to the next issue, instead of being frustrated by the plot.

Spidey gets to throw in a couple of inappropriate quips this issue, but doesn't do much else.

Overall Rating...

Probably the issue I've enjoyed the most since the series began.