But Sue? Look, being invisible is a cool and can come in handy, and the ability to make others invisible is a bonus as well, but her real “fantastic” power is the ability to create force fields. There are defensive and can act as a protective shield for herself and others (even cities from time to time) and offensive being used as projectiles, bludgeons, and can be inverted to crush objects and opponents (even a Celestial shell once). Basically Sue Storm is a badass.
So I greeted the news that she would get her own – and first – solo series with great excitement. And the fact that it would be written by Mark Waid was also good news as far as I was concerned. Waid’s output can be inconsistent at times I admit, but there is no denying that he is a great comic book writer and his history with the Fantastic Four was a pretty darn good run. And when Mattia De Iulis was announced as artist I saw this as a good sign as well. All things considered this was shaping up to be something special.
So after all that preamble is this actually something special?
The issue begins in flashback where Sue is on a covert mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. attempting to extract a scientist from a vaguely soviet-style country. This would be an easy thing to do when you can become invisible but an unexpected snow storm throws the mission a curve as the invisible team members become outlined by the falling snow. Sue and her partner Aidan Tinreach work together to complete the mission and Sue reveals her “day job” as a member of the Fantastic Four.
In the present Sue is reflecting on her role as wife, sister, and friend while looking over her past accomplishments and at the same time contemplating how she wants to move forward. It is then she is contacted by the CIA in regard to a kidnapping in Moravia where six people have been taken hostage including Aidan Tinreach who has sent a coded message apparently to Sue. The CIA asks her if she knows anything and to not get involved as to not start an international incident. Sue decides to get involved.