Back Issue Comic Book Review: Fantastic Four#236

14 07 2010

Art by John Byrne

Fantastic Four#236  

Story and Art by: John Byrne  

Cover price: $1 (I bought my copy for $2.10)  

This is one of those rare books that just completely goes over your head, but when you finally read it you go, “Wow, why didn’t I read this before?!?” If I say this issue for sale at a used bookstore I wouldn’t give it a thought. About a month ago my dad bought a Hardcover called “The best of Fantastic Four” and this issue was in it. To me this issue felt like my experience reading Captain Britain and MI13 and Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. This was a story that I did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. After reading this I want to hunt down all of John Byrne’s FF issues.  

Anyway let’s get into the story. On the cover they say it’s a triple-sized issue and they mean it. This is a true anniversary issue and a true triple-sized comic. No reprinted material. No wiki-padding. None of that crap you don’t want. It was all original story and art. The main story is 2/3 of the issue. What I loved about the main story is that it was totally original and when you think it’s going one way, bam, it goes the other way. It was a fresh new challenge for the FF and how they get out of it made perfect sense and how they defeated the bad guy was awesome and kind of funny. The art adds a whole new layer of greatness to the story as well and really works well with the story.  

After the main story there is a small back-up feature based on the 1978 Fantastic Four cartoon episode The FF Meet Dr.Doom. I grew up with this cartoon as a kid and LOVED it. My dad would buy the video tapes where some episodes of the show would be featured in and I enjoyed every minute of that cartoon. So, you can imagine how excited and surprised I was when I got to the first page of this back-up story. Overall it was good, but there were a couple of downsides for me. They didn’t include my favorite part of that episode where The Thing kicks sand in the pirates’ faces when Herbie tells him not to. Also the story was too quick for me. It went by way too fast.  

This is a great issue of FF that I highly recommend to anyone. It’s what comic books should be. Great story, great art, and worth your money. To me Byrne’s FF run is under appreciated compared to his run on X-Men. Both runs are awesome, but I wish more people would recognize his FF work.  

Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment! I look forward to them!  

To watch that clip of the FF cartoon I was talking about look below this sentence:  

The timing in the video of the clip is: 0:46-1:00


Cover of the Day

24 06 2010

Art by John Byrne

ItsJustSomeRandomGeek’s Recommended Reading List

21 06 2010

Have you ever encountered someone who thinks comic books are dumb? But deep inside you know that they’ve never even read one, let alone touched one. If that happens just get them to try these stories:

  • If This Be My Destiny… (by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko)
  • Dark Phoenix Saga (by Chris Claremont and John Byrne)
  • Hobgoblin Saga (by Roger Stern, John Romita, Jr. and John Romita, Sr.)
  • Batman: Dark Knight Returns (by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley)
  • Daredevil: Born Again (by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)
  • Galactus Trilogy (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)
  • Superman: Red Son (by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson, and Kilian Plunkett)
  • Batman: Year One (by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)
  • Batgirl: Year One (by Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, and Marcos Martin)
  • The Night Gwen Stacy Died (by Gerry Conway and Gil Kane)
  • Batman: Hush (by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee)
  • Batman: The Long Halloween (by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)
  • Daredevil: Man Without Fear (by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr.)
  • Worlds Most Wanted (by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca)
  • Power and Responsibility (by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley)
  • Ultimate Clone Saga (by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley)
  • The Losers (by Andy Diggle, Jock, and others)
  • The Tomorrow People (by Mark Millar, Adam Kubert, and Andy Kubert)
  • Spider-Man: Blue (by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale)
  • Underground (by Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber)
  • Agents of Atlas (by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, Carlo Pagulayan, and others)
  • Captain Britain and MI13 (by Paul Cornell, Leonard Kirk, and others)
  • Battle Chasers (by Joe Madureira, Munier Sharriff, and Tom McWeeney)
  • Thunderbolts#110-121 (by Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato)
  • Demon in a Bottle (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, John Romita, Jr., and Carmine Infantino)
  • Magnum Opus (by Daniel Way, Andy Diggle, Paco Medina, and Bong Dazo)
  • Armor Wars (by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, Mark D. Bright, and Barry-Windsor Smith)
  • Weapon X (by Barry-Windsor Smith)
  • JLA: The Nail (by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer)
  • Brainiac (by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank)
  • New Ways to Die (by Dan Slott and John Romita, Jr.)
  • Superman: Birthright (by Mark Waid and Leinil Francis Yu)
  • AKA Goldfish (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Fortune and Glory (by Brian Michael Bendis)
  • Man of Steel (by John Byrne and Dick Giordano)
  • Uncanny X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia (by Matt Fraction, Marc Silvestri, Terry Dodson, Luke Ross, and Mike Deodato)
  • Detective Comics#854-861 (by Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, and Jock)
  • Under the Hood (by Judd Winick and Doug Mahnke)
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland)
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs (by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke)
  • Batman: A Death in the Family (by Jim Starlin, Jim Aparo, and Mike DeCarlo)
  • Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run (by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Phil Jimenez and others)
  • Camelot 3000 (by Mike W. Barr and Brian Bolland)
  • Watchmen (by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)
  • Captain America: Operation Rebirth (by Mark Waid and Ron Garney)
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth (by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver)
  • The Death of Captian Stacy (by Stan Lee, Gil Kane, and John Romita, Sr.)
  • Wanted (by Mark Millar and J.G. Jones)
  • Invincible (by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Cory Walker)

Yikes that’s a long list! Anyway all of those stories have my stamp of approval on it. I hope you guys try out these stories if you haven’t already. Feel free to give me suggestions as well! Thanks for reading!