Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2

Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2 by John Byrne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne, Vol. 2 contains issues 241-250 of the Fantastic Four, all written and drawn by John Byrne.

The Fantastic Four visit Wakanda, battle an ancient Roman soldier, fight Terrax, save Galactus' life, battle an adult version of Franklin Richards, help Doctor Doom reclaim Latveria, visit the Inhumans, and battle Gladiator when he comes to Earth pursuing Skrulls.

Byrne upped his game around this time. The art is as good as ever but the writing was better than before as he got more comfortable with the characters. The Galactus/Terrax story was the best of the book. There was a night character moment when Spidey and Daredevil were watching what was going on with Galactus, knowing they were well out of their league.

The Gladiator story was also pretty good, since it was the equivalent of the Fantastic Four fighting Superman, for all intents and purposes. It also was a fun moment since Byrne was recruited to revamp Superman years later. Another fun fact is that the first issue of this collection, #241, was the first Fantastic Four story I ever read.

This volume was quite good and it's awesome that John Byrne's run on the Fantastic Four is just getting started. Four out of five stars.

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