This title doesn’t tie into the current Hickman run; you won’t find any hints for the future of the team here. This is a story that doesn’t matter. It is for these reasons that you’ll have a damn fine time with this comic. We see Reed and Sue on vacation (alas, there is no ever-lovin’ Ben or incorrigible Johnny) but the fun doesn’t last long once Reed gets word of gun toting primates being involved in some nefarious scheme.
The Fantastic couple are helped by a new local enforcer known as El Vejigante. He is a horned vigilante with the patriotic flag colors of his country adorning him. We get a pretty good idea of who this man is via some exposition and origin explanations. He’s a good character and one I’d like to see integrated into a story somewhere down the line. He would not be dependent on the FF being around, he could just as easily team with the Avengers or Howard the Duck.
The main scheme of menacing monkeys is being lead by M.O.D.O.K. out of an A.I.M. base. He’s got the monkeys in the yellow jumpsuits but they don’t want to wear the bee-keeper helmets. It’s quite amusing getting to see the monkeys converse over the pros and cons of those helmets. M.O.D.O.K. is a great throwaway threat for a one-shot and he works superbly here to be both laughable and yet smart enough to have set it all up in the first place.
The art is pretty good all round, but not the usual Marvel house style. The origin flashback sequence looks like Frank Miller has directed a scene for Otto Preminger, and that’s definitely a good thing. It’s nice to see something a little bit different but still have it recognizable and enjoyable. Reed’s sideburns in his flashback are also a plus.
The best aspect of this one-shot is its fun throwaway nature. The story whips along and gives you plenty of moments to laugh. The art is well presented and the situations are engaging and fun. You get plenty of pages, and story, for your money and it feels like the perfect thing to buy a younger member of your extended family. This is the sort of comic that can make a fan out of a non-reader. It’s accessible, cool, and a whole bag of fun.