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The Fantastic Four have found Beta Ray Bill and Lockjaw deep inside the Negative Zone. The FF had already linked up with the Silver Surfer, now bonded to Bob Reynolds–the man who was once the Sentry. Together, they are able to reunite Bill with Stormbreaker, and the group returns to the planet that the Fantastic Four and Annihilus have been using to hide Negative Zone refugees. Invisible Woman has been able to extend her powers to cover the entire world while Mister Fantastic works on the portal to the Positive Universe. Unfortunately, time has run out; the Sentry and the forces of the Cancerverse have found the planet. The Sentry will soon break through Sue Storm’s shield. Thankfully, the Negative Zone portal activates and Nova Richard Rider arrives with reinforcements. The final battle for the Negative Zone begins.
Annihilation Scourge Omega #1 brings this cosmic tale to an explosive conclusion. All the players unite for a final struggle with the fate of both the Negative Zone and the Positive Universe hanging in the balance.
It’s tight issue, as all the moving parts have already been set in motion. As such, Matthew Rosenberg and Manuel Garcia are able to focus on this final struggle between our heroes and the forces of the Cancerverse.
We get plenty of epic panels of the FF, Beta Ray Bill, Nova and his reinforcements, and the Silver Surfer fighting Sentry and the Cancerverse.
The story does take a slight divergence towards the end once Nova stumbles upon a way to neutralize the Sentry and stop the Cancerverse incursion.
We don’t get any new Cancerverse perversions of Marvel characters this time, but, fear not, we still get a healthy helping of body horror regardless.
Garcia’s artwork is excellent and brings a hint of Alan Davis in its detailing. The war scenes look great, the characters have excellent detailing, and the aforementioned body horror is aptly unnerving. Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, and Rachelle Rosenberg bring some explosive color to the book, fitting for a climax like this.
Annihilation Scourge Omega #1 brings the story to an exciting and bombastic conclusion. We get a satisfying final war between the cosmic heroes of the Marvel Universe and the unholy abominations of the Cancerverse. It’s a damn solid read and easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Annihilation Scourge Omega #1 comes to us from writer Matthew Rosenberg, artist Manuel Garcia, inkers Rafael Fonteriz, Cam Smith, Wayne Faucher, and Manuel Garcia, color artists Federico Blee, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Josemaria Casanovas, and variant cover artist Arthur Adams with Edgar Delgado.
Final Score: 8/10
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