predicting the worst for Reed and Sue, it is with great sadness that Comics Fairplay must announce it's clairvoyance to be dead to rights.
Fantastic Four #540 showcased a nine page fight that made a 41 year marriage splinter. Tell me how that is right? I just can't justify it.
Number one problem: The dialogue was contrived and cheesy. Sample 1:
Reed: "We have to talk."
Sue: "I think we're a little past talking now, don't you think, Reed?"
Reed: "I'm doing this for the same reason I've done anything Sue! Because it's the law Because it's right!"
Sue: "It's not right, can't you see that?"
Reed: "Damn it, listen to me.."
Reed: "Can't you understand, Sue?"
Reed: "I'm doing this because I'm trying to protect you!"
Sue: "Protect Me?"
BAM! Invisible tube crunches through entire building.
Sue: "Do I look like I need protecting, Reed? Do I?"
As a reader, I can't reconcile myself to their emotions. It feels very cut and paste, without any heart. Making Sue out to be a badass while Reed tries to justify his lack of balls is disheartening to say the least.
Number two problem: Tying the story into Amazing Spider-Man #535 to make the pieces fit just makes it seem forced. The ending here and in that issue- using some random uncle of Reed's involved in the 1950's Congressional Communist witch hunt- is really reaching. Why haven't we heard about this guy before? Reed has been through so much adversity before, that it is strange to me that we are just now hearing about said uncle.
When Reed decided to take over Latveria from issues #503 to #508, where was this concern for following government orders? Back then, Sue felt it was wrong, and Reed was the badass. How did we go through such a 180 degree personality turn since then? In that story arc, Reed pretty much told the U.S. govenment to shove it.
Number Three Problem: Ben going to Canada seems like a desperate last resort. As the most sane person in this Civil War mess, I appreciate his refusal to take sides, but it is disapointing to me that they would take him out of the game. I also can't imagine that Ben would let Sue and Reed split without more then a question. This is a family, after all?
Number Four Problem: Where were Franklin and Valeria? Did Reed and Sue just shuffle them off to the moon with the Inhumans? I can't imagine that their children wouldn't be more important to them then that. How do the kids feel? Who is caring for them? I refuse to accept the fact that Sue and Reed would just ignore them and fight it out. Sue would never cause the property damage she did knowing that her children would be exposed to it. It just doesn't ring true.
Conclusion: Breaking up a marriage for the sake of artistic license stinks. Hey, let's break up the Fantastic Four so that Civil War can be more dramatic! The readers will eat it up with a spoon. They're just a bunch of Marvel zombies anyway, and we know what is best for them.
I wish this Civil War crap would get over with. I also wish that J. Michael Straczynski's tenure would end much sooner then it is. It is a shame to have a great artist like Mike McKone draw such drivel.
Once again Marvel is driving me away from a book I have loved for years. I am not going to pretend to like it.