Fantastic Four #600
The FF team up with most of the Marvel NYC heroes to fight off a Kree Invasion.The resurrected Supreme Intelligence feels that the entire planet is a threat, due to all the Reed stuff, time displacement, Inhumans and other junk.
Meanwhile, a Negative Zone cult has been receiving messages from Annihilus to open a portal to Earth. They do...but what pops out is Johnny Storm, in command of a Control Rod and with Annihilus on a leash.
Back-up story entitled "Whatever Happened to Johnny Storm" tells us just that. He fought off the Annihilation Wave, went nova several times and died. Annihilus then revived him with ...worms. Ick. He's died several times since then, but the worms keep reviving him. He's forced to be a gladiator of sorts in Annihilus' games and meets up with a crew of aliens. Each alien is an identical race to the "Brides of Black Bolt", so there has to be a connection there.
Anyways, Johnny finally stole the control rod from Annihilus, which brings us right up to the first story, above.
Plus, more back-up stories involving Black Bolt and Medusa, Galactus and (groan) Franklin Richards. Each hints at future sub-plots. Including the Franklin story, as he's being led along by some unseen entity (with facial hair). I'll give Marvel credit for actually producing 100 pages of NEW content. I was expecting back-up stories reprinting "classic FF stories" or some shit. Very glad there's basically no filler in this issue.
So "Fantastic Four" resumes its original numbering and is continuing on. There's that pesky question of what to do about "Fantastic Four #589-599", as the title ended at 588 when Johnny "died". If the issues of "FF" count, then how do you explain that title splintering off at #12. Where are its first 11 issues? Seems especially confusing to have two titles share common numbering.
I suspected Marvel might release some "retro" issues (#589 to 599) to fill-in-the-blanks between 588 and 600, but the "Whatever Happened to Johnny Storm" story kinda' handled that task.
I'm also curious how Marvel will handle fallout from their subscribers. For the past year, they've been offering a "Spider-Team" deal, where you can subscribe to "Amazing Spider-Man" AND "FF". Now that FF is all about the kids and no Spidey, will subscribers be pissed? Are those subscriptions being transferred over to "Fantastic Four"?
Most importantly, will Spider-Man even BE on the team, now that Johnny's back?