I think the best way to describe the final volume of this collection would be disjointed. It’s all over the place, trying to do way too many things at once, and none of the stories flow. It really is a bunch of individual issues tied together because they were all published in the same 6 months.
There’s good stories, boring ones, some interesting ideas, and some very touching ones.
Feels like this just got thrown together, or Hickman just had a bunch of ideas he wasn’t done with.
1)Reed and Nathaniel go forward in time to see what becomes of the FF, and it actually leads to a rather touching moment.
2)Parallel Universe Reed works for Hitler, who won WWII, ends up becoming all-powerful a-la Doom, and leads into the Council of Reeds…
3)Parallel Doom creates his own universe, and it isn’t quite what he bargained for; is saved by unlikely child.
4)FF performs brain surgery on Willy Lumpkin. (Marvel has now had 3 different instances of shrinking to do brain surgery in less than 2yrs: Hank Pym on Daredevil; Hank McCoy on Broo; Reed and FF on Willy…are they trying to suggest something?)
5) Tie-up of the parallel universe Reed saved being moved to the future or something so they never have to worry about not having somewhere to be…
All in all some interesting ideas but just so much going on…
I do like Hickman’s attempts to make things cosmic large, and I do like that each member becomes stronger as individual characters.
Not the place to start with FF though, and I do feel like Fraction’s Marvel Now stuff isn’t quite as good.