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Fantastic Four Visionaries - John Byrne, Vol. 6 (v. 6) Paperback – October 4, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0785121909 ISBN-10: 0785121900

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121909
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mou on June 27, 2007
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I was introduced to the Fantastic Four via Marvel's Greatest Comics no. 36, back in the early 1970's; it reprinted the second part of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's introduction of Galactus and the Silver Surfer. I was pretty young at the time and didn't know Kirby from apple butter, but later I learned of the legend of Jack "The King" Kirby and appreciated his and Stan Lee's work on the FF even more. John Byrne's run is considered by many to be second only to the Lee and Kirby run, and this installment in the trade paperback reprinting of his 1980's work on the series sees him firing on all thrusters. This book will make you love the She-Hulk, and it contains the exemplary story of Franklin Richards (Reed and Sue's son) fighting Mephisto, the Lord of the Underworld. Not to be missed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on March 1, 2008
3-1/2 stars. I consider volumes 3, 6 & 7 in this series to be about average to slightly above average in quality. In volume 6, Jerry Ordway takes over on inks to lighten Byrne's FF/ Alpha Flight workload. Really, I'm a *huge* Byrne fan, but this Byrne-Ordway team-up just didn't really work for me. They're both well-respected professionals; I just didn't think they were a great artistic match. The visuals in this paperback seem a little bit flat & uninspired- at least when compared to Byrne's earlier work. Even the colors leave a bit to be desired...

I guess it's the writing that saves the day- it's interesting to say the least. I don't know what got into Byrne here, but here's a sample of what you'll get in this, one of the thickest editions in this series: Mephisto & Doctor Strange; eternal torment; a Ben-Johnny-Alicia conflict; the origin of Dr. Doom; the topic of explicit racial conflict & hate; the destruction of the Baxter building; a hate-filled kid; the Hate-Monger; Malice the mistress of hate; the Psycho-Man; Daredevil- the man without fear (issue 281); the Scourge (Secret Wars II #2); and the general topic of vengeance. Yikes!

The Invisible Girl becoming the Invisible Woman is the overall issue here. This might be my least favorite volume in the series, and it's definitely *not* for kids. Thankfully, the Secret Wars II issue brings us Spider-Man, Power Man & Iron Fist, and some much needed comedy relief. I'm probably not the only person who felt Byrne & Ordway weren't the best combination. In the 1st issue we see, "...And introducing the inking wizardry of Jerry Ordway!!!". In the last issue we see, "...And welcome back to Al Gordon inker". I far prefer Byrne-Gordon to Byrne-Ordway, but I think it's best when Byrne inks himself.
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By A Violist on September 20, 2012
Some of the other reviewer's are criticizing volume 6 of this Visionaries Collection for being overly dark, but I find this to be part of its brilliance. In Volumes 2-4, Byrne wrote perhaps the most epic Fantastic Four tales while still retaining a classic Fantastic Four feeling: He used the greatest Lee/Kirby villains (Doom, Galactus, Annihilus and company) as well as guest appearances by the Avengers and others to make the book once again feel like the World's Greatest Comic Magazine and the center of the Marvel Universe, as it once had been. He also expanded on the Science Fiction element in Volume 3 which also fit in with the established feel of the book.

So having pinnacled in this style, Byrne had to either get into a rut or do something different. In volume 5, he starts taking the team on more off-beat adventures and in this volume (6) he takes them into new and darker territory, further exploring and developing the characters as human beings. The gem of this collection is the Hatemonger/Psycho-Man story arc as it serves as the climax of Byrne's work with the character of Susan Richards. As another reviewer pointed out, one of the flaws of Lee and Kirby's original work was that Sue kept acting like a needy girly-girl long after her marriage to Reed. Byrne gives her depth and pathos and turns her into perhaps the most dangerous and passionate member of the Fantastic Four. This volume marks the death of the Invisible Girl and is not to be missed by any fan of Byrne or Marvel's First Family.

As far as the visuals are concerned: Yes, I agree with another reviewer that Byrne's own inks are the most expressive and distinguished with his pencils and that the inks in this volume make his pencils look rather ordinary by comparison.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian on December 22, 2010
Like a previous reviewer said, I don't know what was going through John Byrne's head during this volume. I think he was working out some personal issues here (It might have had something to do with Marvel's editors at the time). Here's a quick rundown of the issues in volume 6:

Issue #276: While living their secret life in Connecticut, Reed and Sue are attacked by a witch hunter
Issue #277: Reed, Sue and young Franklin wind up battling Mephisto. The Thing returns to Earth, and finds out that Johnny and Alicia are dating. Uh-oh. Guest-starring Doctor Strange
The Thing #23: In a bout of rage, The Thing officially quits the Fantastic Four
Issue #278: Doctor Doom's young apprentice Kristoff is appointed the new Doctor Doom
Issue #279: After the Baxter building is shot into space by the new Doctor Doom, the Four must escape!
Issue #280: The Hate-monger spreads his influence across New York, and Sue Storm becomes Malice!
Issue #281: While New York burns, Reed and Johnny battle Malice on the roof of Avengers Mansion. Guest-starring Daredevil
Secret Wars 2 issue #2: The Beyonder comes to earth to understand humans.
Issue #282: The Fantastic Four travel to the Micro-Verse to seek vengeance against the Psycho-Man
Issues #283-284: Our heroes must overcome their own fears in order to stop the Psycho-Man. The Invisible Girl becomes the Invisible Woman

I'm not gonna lie here. Out of the first six volumes of John Byrne's F.F run, this is my least favorite. It just seemed like the series was heading away from the fun adventures of past, and slipping into dark territory. It just doesn't fit for a title like this. But, I guess that was just the way it was back in the 80's. On a side note, I also wasn't a fan of Sue's mullet
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