What the hell was that?!? I didn't recognize ANY of the characters as the ones I've ever read before, and (as much as I normally like Hitch's artwork) I barely recognized them visually either.
Not to mention that the characters aren't very well identified within the book, even with the lazy-writer's paragraph introduction at the beginning. Oh, and there's a couple of noticeable plot holes and some bizarre leaps in story logic. And, of the several crowd scenes, both inside the book and on the cover, there was exactly ONE black man.
The storytelling was weak, both from a visual page-to-page perspective as well as with regard to the overall structure. The initial framing sequence was poorly written and seemed out of place. The splash pages were decidedly unimpressive, and the layouts of the other pages didn't seem to make much sense.
I'd have to rank this down there with the "John Harkness" issues as one of the worst FF issues ever. The only -- and I mean only -- thing that keeps me from dropping this like a hot rock is that I've got almost a quarter century emotionally vested in these characters. And, if the book doesn't show signs of improvement in the next issue or two, that won't be enough to keep me around.