Great issue. First, Pacheco plays with the “Thing quits” storyline with a self-conscious satire (that actually ends up being absolutely right, by the way–Thing is back by the end of the issue). Then, he takes on the Alicia gambit thusly:
Thereby establishing that there will be no Alicia conflicts during his run. And to do it when Thing is capable of turning into Ben Grimm at will is just brilliant.