I love Jonathan Hickman as a writer, but as a plotter he has an annoying talent for dragging a single-issue story out for several issues and all the while making it seem like it is the be-all, end-all threat/ramification in the Marvel Universe.
He has done that countless times in his Fantastic Four run and he does it again this week with the back story of Wakanda and the Black Panther mythos. T’Challa has been on a roll lately, just ending here and appearing in FF, Defenders and Avengers (to a small degree).
Since he is one of my favorite characters since the Don McGregor days, I do not mind that. But again taking part of the Marvel U. and applying soft retcons is not my cup of tea.
I understand what Hickman is doing as his stint comes to an end and, in many aspects of that, I applaud it because he has put Fantastic Four back on the map. Hell, this might even be the most inventive if not most action packed run since Lee and Kirby themselves.
But in his quest to make the Marvel Universe stand out again and produce fun comics, there is an awfully lot of waiting -- and waiting.