So my first thought after putting the issue down was that I needed to hop onto Comic Vine to make some sense of what I had just read. If you've been reading the FF series, but you happened to skip out on Marvel's War of Kings story arc earlier this year then I guarantee you will be at least a little bit lost when it comes to reading this issue. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Just as Marvel had previously teased to fans, Black Bolt indeed will be making his return in the FF series, and it sort of happens here -- but not exactly. Black Bolt's return being highlighted in this series actually makes a lot of sense considering his relationship with the team and how often he's appeared in the Fantastic Four books.
Hickman structures issue #6 of FF starting with a recap of the War of Kings showing Black Bolt's demise. The story shifts then reverting even further into the past where the Supremor witnesses an omen that will alter it's fate and future for ever. All of this is very, very cryptic and I admit I had to re-read it a second time to understand.
The Hickman and Tocchini team is pretty fantastic. The language that Hickman uses to tell his story is really perfect. I especially enjoyed the fact that he skimmed over the events of War of Kings very eloquently without giving everything away -- he does it in a way that makes you want to know more about the story if you haven't read it. I should also mention that the art in this issue is absolutely gorgeous.
Aside from the fact that it can be a bit confusing at times, this issue is great. I would caution readers who have never read FF not to start here. Additionally, read up on War of Kings (or at least read about it) before you go into this issue.
Really interesting issue, very different and unexpected shift from what we saw in the previous issues. Even though the FF doesn't make an appearance here, it seems like the events that have taken place in this issue will leave a massive impact on the FF story ahead.