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The Fantastic Four #240

December 17, 2010

John Byrne
March 1982
****
Byrne’s FF deliberates shuns comics’ impulse to depict violence: a war btw. humans & Inhumans begins & ends off-page. Instead, Reed & co. help the super-race resettle on the Moon (the magisterial flight of their celestial city takes up several pages). In a coda, Quicksilver & wife have a child.
[last issue: The Fantastic Four #239]
[last issue: The Fantastic Four #241]

The Fantastic Four #238

December 15, 2010

John Byrne
January 1982
A-story: **** // B-story: ***

A diptych on metamorphosis. One focuses on Johnny, who ironically is the most self-reflective of Byrne’s Four. His on/off g’friend learns she’s got flame powers too, hypnotically repressed by her stepdad (inventor of the ’40s Torch!). In the other, the Thing reverts to his original hide (oops!)

last issue: The Fantastic Four #237
next issue: The Fantastic Four #239

also this month
Daredevil #178

The Fantastic Four #237

December 14, 2010

John Byrne
December 1981
****
Another family-friendly one-off: a nine-foot tall amnesiac female alien is helping a hobo gang commit crimes. Mr F deduces that she’s not a felon & helps her recover her wits & her crew. The most typically superheroic tale so far is a display of artistic confidence—& Byrne loves drawing Stretcho!

last issue: The Fantastic Four #236
next issue: The Fantastic Four #238

Also this month
Daredevil #177

The Fantastic Four #235

December 12, 2010

John Byrne
October 1981
****

From the pages of Thor, one of Kirby’s weirder ideas: Ego, a sentient planet. The FF must destroy it before it crushes Earth (no quibbling over ethics). Only the Thing can journey to the center of the Living Planet; note the nod to his early trip down a monster’s gullet, A-bomb on his back.

last issue: The Fantastic Four #234
next issue: The Fantastic Four #236

Also this month
Daredevil #175

The Fantastic Four #234

December 11, 2010

John Byrne
September 1981
****

Byrne’s run so far is old-fashioned, even retro. #234 reads like a Twilight Zone scenario: a joe is so ordinary, he doesn’t realize that his mind remolds reality! It’s bold of Byrne to give the oblivious Four mere supporting roles, performing superheroic rescues as the city crumbles around them.

last issue: The Fantastic Four #233
next issue: The Fantastic Four #235

Also this month
Daredevil #174

The Fantastic Four #232

December 9, 2010

John Byrne
July 1981
***

Byrne bails on Uncanny X (& on Cap) to auteur his own mag. As the issue says, it’s back to Silver Age basics: a mage pits the FF against a set of elementals (IE doppelgangers). It’s strong on superheroics & hard science, paced well, & a dream to look at: Mr F’s coils are cool & Sue uses fields to fly.

last issue: The Fantastic Four #231
next issue: The Fantastic Four #233

Also this month
Daredevil #172