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Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus - Volume 1 Hardcover – November 23, 2011

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John Byrne has worked continuously in the comic-book industry as both writer and artist since his debut in 1975. After his initial collaboration with  Chris Claremont on Marvel's Iron Fist, Byrne moved on to the X-Men for a run that is still regarded as one of the title's finest. Byrne followed that success with an equally famed stint on Fantastic Four, earning comparisons to the original Lee/Kirby issues for his imaginative plotlines and dynamic artwork. In 1986, he was selected to revamp DC's flagship hero, Superman, re-imagining the Man of Steel for a new generation. During the 1990s he produced a number of creator-owned works, including Next Men and Danger Unlimited.  In the 21st century, Byrne has produced a number of Star Trek comics for IDW Publishing, where he revived his Next Men series in 2010.  Other work for IDW includes his recent miniseries Trio, The High Ways, Cold War, and Doomsday.1.

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  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Fantastic Four
  • Hardcover: 1096 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 10/24/11 edition (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158240
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Fantastic' is truly the operative word when it comes to describing this mammoth collection. Although Mr John Byrne is still going strong in the 21st Century, his historic 1980s run on the first family of Marvel Comics is well regarded in the comic industry as not only one of his top creative achievements in his long career but as one of the very best runs in the history of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four title.

At nearly 1100 pages, weighing just over 7 lbs, this monster collects 47 different Marvel Comics titles from the 1970s into the 1980s that feature FF characters touched by Mr. Byrne either as just the penciler or the full writer/artist. I was personally happy to find the opening story in the collection is a forgotten favorite from a 1977 Marvel Team-Up two parter by Chris Claremont with Mr. Byrne on pencils. The fast paced dramatic tale pits Spider-Man alongside the Human Torch and then Ms. Marvel against a rampaging Super Skrull (an alien infused with the powers of the Fantastic Four).

From there we move onto a great 1979 issue of Marvel Two-In-One #50 where the Thing decides to travel back in time with a cure that would only work on a younger version of himself in his earliest days as the monster after his fateful transformation.

The collection then delivers all of Mr. Byrne's work on the main run of the Fantastic Four title beginning in 1979 as penciler, then as full creator in 1981. What's neat about this collection is that between gaps in his early work on the title, the Omnibus editors have added in pages that give not only a brief synopsis of FF issues in-between the Byrne issues but also tosses in quick explanations as to why Mr. Byrne was not involved in the issues not collected here.
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With mad respect to what Chris Claremont was doing in UNCANNY X-MEN and Marv Wolfman in NEW TEEN TITANS, the finest comic book being published in that era was John Byrne's FANTASTIC FOUR. Of all them folks who'd tried to step into Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's shoes, and specifically with this series, John Byrne came closest to recapturing that sense of epic scope and grand adventure while retaining the tight-knit bonds of family. Byrne's run was often regarded as the second Goldgen Age of the FF and cracking open his stories, you just felt that far horizon expanding even further.

Byrne's run really starts at issue #232, although this heavy@ss tome also collects the FF-related stuff he did prior. As such, MARVEL TEAM-UP #61-62 (Spidey teaming up with the Torch and then with Ms. Marvel against the Super-Skrull) and FANTASTIC FOUR #209-218 feature his pencil work (with Byrne getting tapped as the new regular artist of the FANTASTIC FOUR even as the comic book was in the middle of a sweeping eleven-part Galactus saga). MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #50 (presenting the Thing vs. the Thing) and FANTASTIC FOUR #220-221 showcase not only his pencils but his script-work as well. But it wasn't until he officially began illustrating AND writing FF in issue #232 that he began to impose his own visual interpretations. The most striking shift is in how Reed Richards looked, metamorphosing from a standard muscular gent to a slim, high browed science hero who looked befittingly more academic. The Thing also gradually underwent a physical change, eventually assuming that rocky starfish-shaped figure which in my mind will always be the most iconic.

Byrne's creativity was off the charts. Sometimes, or maybe often, his dynamic talent with the pencil and inks overshadows his gift for writing.
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The Fantastic Four by John Byrne is certainly a title that deserved being collected in the deluxe Omnibus format. In conjunction with fellow writer/ artist Walt Simonson (Thor) & Frank Miller (Daredevil) it helped to take 80's era Marvel to a new plateau. This specific Omnibus focuses (wisely in my opinion) on John Byrnes complete development as creator on the Fantastic Four and not just one particular run with the characters. It includes his early work as an artist in different books featuring the FF (i.e. Marvel Team Up 61-62, Marvel Two In One 50, and Fantastic Four 209 - 221). I found it interesting to see the development in the overall look of the FF as Byrne developed his own artistic style; that alone makes this an outstanding compilation for a comic book enthusiast,. It's fair to say though he really hits the ground running with his first issue as a writer/artist with Fantastic Four 232 "Back to Basics" (indeed!).

Byrne over the course of his FF run brings back almost all of Lee & Kirby's best villains & heroes from their original 103 issue run: the Silver Surfer, Galactus, Skrulls, the Black Panther, the Inhumans, and most importantly Doctor Doom! It's been said by many others but it bears repeating ...this is easily the best take on the Fantastic Four since Stan Lee & Jack Kirby left the book! Byrnes grasp on the characters (particularly Ben Grimm) is spot on. Byrne mixed just enough nostalgia with just enough of the "next big thing" ( the X-men "guest appearance", expanding on the Galactus Mythos) to propel the franchise forward. Outstanding.

The Omnibus itself is beautiful presentation. The cover is gorgeous and really pops when seen in person!
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