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Fantastic Four Visionaries: John Byrne Volume 5 TPB: John Byrne v. 5 [Paperback]

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28 Dec 2005 Fantastic Four Visionaries (Book 5)
Learn the fantastic mysteries of Mister Fantastic's past as he searches for his time-tramping father and reveals his pre-FF invasion-foiling credentials in a fight against a monster in the classic Marvel style! Travel to a world of cowboys and amazons! See the Thing find a house of horror on an alien world! And behold the face of Doom... but just the face? Not to worry, She-Hulk shows more than enough to compensate! Featuring the Black Bolt/Medusa wedding and the end of the Kree-Skrull War! Collects Fantastic Four #268-275, Fantastic Four Annual #18, and Thing #19.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (28 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118442
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lull before the storm... 8 Jan 2006
By S. Bentley VINE VOICE
The latest volume collecting John Byrne's landmark run on Fantastic Four feels a little underwhelming compared to what has come before and what readers of that era know is around the corner. My personal feeling is that the issues that follow are some of the best stories Byrne wrote for Marvel and marked his evolution into a more rounded adult writer.
That's not to say that the volume isn't enjoyable. There is a fun couple of chapters that deal with Reed searching for his father and discovering him on an alternate Earth that is highly technologically advanced but features valkyries, cowboys and neanderthals as part of the background detail. And the final chapter, about the attempted exploitation of She-Hulk's radioactive good looks by a sleazy publisher is funny and exciting, but with something to say, one of the best single issue stories in comics.
However, along the way we have the FF Annual from that period which, though plotted by Byrne and featuring the wedding of two stalwart guest stars, is drawn in a lacklustre manner by Mark Bright and stuffed to the gills with good-natured thought balloons by Mark Gruenwald. It's not bad, it just doesn't hold its own against the all Byrne show around it. Similarly there is a Thing story that does not really tie into what is going on, although it does show us what was going on with the character during his sabbatical from the team. It's not a particularly inspired tale featuring movie monsters plucked from Ben's memories but one would have hoped for greater parallels to be drawn with his own state as a monster in Thing-form. It might have been more fun if Byrne didn't treat the characters with such respect and dignity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Byrne's 80's team with She-Hulk 2 Mar 2008
By "extreme_dig_cm" - Published on Amazon.com
John Byrne breathes new life into the Fantastic Four by replacing Thing with She-Hulk. With great, highly classic stories in the previous paperback, it's time to take the team in new directions.

We begin with a story called "Masque of Doom", which proves that even though Dr. Doom has been killed like 86 times in Marvel comics (I'm exaggerating slightly), he never really, truly stays dead. Next is the wedding of Black Bolt & Medusa, which seems included because Byrne has done stories with the Inhumans in previous issues. Byrne takes the team into new directions beginning with issues 269 & 270- introducing the giant new menace called Terminus. It's a visually appealing (in my opinion) 2-issue conflict. This is followed by a deliberately Kirby-esque blast from the past in issue 271.

The new direction continues with "Cowboys & Idioms" in issue 272. It's the first issue in yet another 2-part story, which Byrne has been using with great effect, that blends past, present & future, involving Reed's actual dad(!). Issues 274 & 275 are inked by Al Gordon, which officially indicates an artistic transition in this series, as Byrne had inked himself up to this point. It seems Byrne needed to lighten his workload a bit, since he had been penciling & inking both Fantastic Four & Alpha Flight every month for a little while now. Al Gordon's interesting inks are only seen on these two issues; the next paperback introduces Jerry Ordway as the regular inker on the series.

My favorite issue here is 275, which pits She-Hulk vs. a very sleazy, skin-mag publisher. Yes, this issue is creative & famous: It's yet another reason why Byrne's run is often considered second only to Lee & Kirby. Interestingly, it also kind of serves as an unwitting preview to Byrne's quirky & fun run on She-Hulk in the late eigthies/early nineties. John Byrne & She-Hulk make an excellent team!

Included in this volume:
*Issue #268- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Annual #18- John Byrne plots; Mark Bright pencils; Mike Gustovich inks
*Issue #269- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Issue #270- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Issue #271- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Issue #272- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Issue #273- John Byrne writes, pencils & inks
*Thing #19- John Byrne writes; Ron Wilson breakdowns; Mike Gustovich finishes
*Issue #274- John Byrne writes & pencils; Al Gordon inks
*Issue #275- John Byrne writes & pencils; Al Gordon inks... my favorite here
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best FF stuff but still good 10 Mar 2012
By woodrow locksley - Published on Amazon.com
John Byrne's run of Fantastic Four is probably the best next to the orignal Lee and Kirby run. This volume is not good as volumes 2-4 but has nice stuff like FF annual 18 with the wedding of Black Bolt and Medusa 269-270 our hreoes battle Terminus another cosmic juggernaut and 275 when She Hulk deals with a sleazy publisher. On the other hand the other stories werenot overwhelming especially the time travel cowboy stories in 272 and 273. Still worth owning especially if you like Byrne or the FF weakest volume so far
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous volume, but still a nice collection 22 Dec 2010
By Ian - Published on Amazon.com
While I still enjoyed volume 5 of John Byrne's Fantastic Four run, it just didn't blow me away like volumes 2-4. I think it may have been the issues of The Thing included here. They kinda felt like filler stories to me. In this volume you get:

Issue #268: Picking up after last issue's tragic end, Johnny and She-Hulk do battle with Doom's mask in the Baxter building. Could Doom still be alive?
Annual #18: The wedding of Black Bolt and Medusa, plus the conclusion of the Kree-Skrull war.
Issues #269-270: Reed and She-Hulk travel out west to visit Wyatt Wingfoot, and encounter Terminus! Plus, the relationship between Johnny Storm and Alicia Masters starts to heat up
Issue #271: Reed Richards' birthday. Reed has a flashback to an adventure that happened before the creation of the Fantastic Four.
Issues #272-273: The Fantastic Four travel through time to find Reed's long-lost father!
Thing #19: The Thing battles monsters while still on the Beyonder's planet
Issue #274: The conclusion of the two-part Thing story
Issue #275: She-Hulk goes up against a sleazy magazine publisher

Like I said before; while not as good as the previous volumes, there are still some great stories here. My favorites stories here were issues #271-273, and issue # 275.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for the Byrne art 24 Feb 2006
By S. Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
Great stories from a time when comic book storytelling was very different. My only complaint is the two stories that do not feature Byrne's art. There is such a strong and sudden shift that it is jarring but this is part of a complete run of FF and to leave it out would not tell the whole story. Kind of wish Marvel and Bryne would put aside their issues and we could see new Byrne art for the covers of these collections!
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Byrne with some weak moments 21 Sep 2012
By A Violist - Published on Amazon.com
Byrne left so many marks on the Worlds Greatest Comic Magazine. Here, he works on integrating She-Hulk's into the family and introduces Nathaniel Richards, Reed's father. These two continue to have a presence and be used by other writers decades later. He also brings back Wyatt Wingfoot, an interesting figure from the Lee-Kirby era, to add something to the stories and give She-Hulk some company.

I wasn't crazy about the Monster stories with the Thing or Fantastic Four Annual. While it is interesting that the latter ties into the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga in Uncanny X-Men from a few years beforehand, the story itself is a bit juvenile. Hardly an epic conclusion to the Kree-Skrull War.

Otherwise, the stories are well-written and imaginative.
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