A two-parter that basically consists of two one-parters.
In the first issue, we are introduced to an “escaped fugitive” whose photograph makes Susan Storm uncomfortable…But we don’t get any answers.
This is followed by a pretty standard fight against Mole Man in which Invisible Girl is held hostage, blah blah blah. It’s not bad, it’s just not great. It’s cool, though, that The Avengers make an appearance as well.
Then, at the end, Susan gets a shard to the brain and needs surgery and there’s only one brain surgeon good enough to help her. No, it’s not Don Blake (a.k.a. Thor). It’s…The fugitive from the beginning of the issue who, of course, is also Susan and Johnny father.
Turns out, the dude abandoned the Storm kids a long time ago, letting them think he was dead, but they forgive him pretty quick. This may explain why Sue lets Reed treat her like shit so often–daddy issue.
He saves his daughter’s life, they clear his name, and, of course, he dies at the end.
The Kirby/Lee run is great, even if these issues aren’t wonderful. There are still enough character moments that make this shine. Like Johnny and Thing…
Also, Thor appears in a fun cameo that is not necessary to the story.
It might have been cool if Dr. Don Blake had gotten involved in Susan’s treatment. He is a surgeon, after all.
Meanwhile, Reed Richards is still being treated like Plastic Man.
The team fights a fire and that gives Reed all kinds of opportunities to mold himself into weird shapes.