The Hammer Falls: Part 2 (of 2)
The Road to CIVIL WAR continues! At a remote scientific outpost, a heavenly artifact becomes the touch-point of a conflict between the Fantastic Four and a reborn Doctor Doom!
Ultimately though, the more enjoyable elements of the issue cant salvage the fact that the FF are almost bit-players in their own book here, making no impact whatsoever on Dooms plans and save for some empty combat with a group of robots seeming condemned to act only as spectators as the action progresses, whilst a final unnecessary coda hints even more blatantly that we dont have long to wait for the return of Thor. Its a marginally more satisfying issue than the one which preceded it, but its a close call: ultimately, this two-part story stands as more of a testament to Marvels canny marketing strategy than to the storytellers involved, and only time will tell whether its even an essential read if you want the full Civil War story. Read Full Review
Doom wants his "precious," and JMS discards some recent continuity and character growth to allow the good doctor to continue his fruitless endeavor. Aside from a few lines about the Superhuman Registration Act in Fantastic Four #536, no apparent ties to Civil War ever present themselves in this two-parter, and the cover to #537 is deliberately misleading, resulting in an anti-climactic and thoroughly boring read. Read Full Review
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