Well, this is much better work from Dan Slott. I was quite critical of the last couple of issues of Fantastic Four, and I’ve been VERY critical of his work on Iron Man, but this issue is a solid, entertaining read, with some really good moments. Of course, those good moments are pretty much all also in Empyre #6, but thankfully I read this first.
In my review of #22 I suggested that the Priests of Pama were stupid for working with the Cotati when they’re human and the Cotati want to wipe out all human life. And. to be fair, this issue illustrates just how stupid they were.
I had worried, at the start of Empyre, that Jo-Venn and N’Kalla would be forgotten about, but there they play a key part in the conclusion to Empyre. Also, I think having certain events happen in both this issue and Empyre #6 was probably the best way to ensure that you don’t have to read BOTH of these to understand what’s going on (although for those of us that did, it did feel a little redundant).
The dialogue is snappy, as ever, and actually carried a fair amount of emotional weight during the big “power of love” conclusion. And the art is, of course, great.