Since I plan on reading both of these comics tonight, I figure I'll post the reviews for them together. I'll give them separate scores, but I'll probably concentrate most of this post on the most recent issue, #565.
-Issue #564 basically details the FF taking a trip out to a small Scottish town to spend Christmas with Reed's nephew. That's basically it. They spend time with Reed's extended family, Sue is accosted on the street by a woman stating that Sue has to help the children of the town, one of the villagers tells Sue to disregard the woman, calling her the town eccentric, and some guys decide they want to kidnap Reed and Sue's daughter Valeria. The issue concludes with Franklin and Valeria getting separated from each other in the woods. For a score, I'll give this issue a 5 1/2 out of 10. This really wasn't one of Mark Millar's better efforts, as a matter of fact it was pretty boring. Well, onto the next issue.
-Issue #565 opens with the FF searching the town for their missing daughter. After a search of the woods and an aerial search by Johnny, the FF decide to search door to door.
-While searching, Johnny figures out that Valeria was taken under the lake in the town, even though it is never explained HOW he figured that out. Johnny finds Valeria in a small tunnel under the town and they are attacked by a huge monster. Johnny tries to burn the creature, but he quickly discovers his flames can't singe the creature. Johnny grabs Valeria and makes for the surface.
-Johnny emerges from the underground cavern and the creature follows him. The rest of the FF join the battle, but they can't seem to put a dent in the creature.
-After an extended battle, Sue drops a church on the monster and Ben flings a bus at it, the latter action finally knocking the creature out.
-The townspeople approach and bemoan what happened to the monster, which is apparently named Korgo, and has been protecting the townspeople for the last 2,000 years. In exchange for perfect lives, Korgo demanded a child of its choosing once every 25 years on Christmas. Korgo would eat the kid and continue to grant its "blessing" on the town.
-Reed's nephew explains that Korgo wanted to eat his son, so he offered Valeria instead... Gee, thanks... Reed responds to this news the way any sane parent would and decks his nephew before getting his family the HELL out of Scotland!
All in all, this was an OK issue of the FF. It wasn't exactly memorable, but it was OK. It's a little strange that I'm reading a Christmas story on April 30th, but whatever. For a score, I'll give this comic a 6 1/2 out of 10.