Fantastic Four #234

Fantastic Four #234

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Review

Title: “The Man With the Power!”
Synopsis: “Skip” Collins — an average Joe who might be “the most powerful man who ever lived” — causes havoc for the FF.

Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: Byrne
Inker: Byrne

Following a pair of done-in-one stories (see Sequential Reaction’s reviews of Fantastic Four #232 and #233), writer/artist John Byrne offers up his first two-parter. Ironically, this first half of the tale – about an unassuming man with the power to reshape reality – would have been stronger as a done-in-one, as well. What could have been an impressive, simple fable is muddled by plot threads involving Ego the Living Planet. But Byrne isn’t without his strengths as a writer – his understanding of the FF characters is excellent – and his art continues to be first rate.

Grade: A-

Cool factor: The quiet moments. Byrne “gets” the FF, and his strong characterization makes the individual members come alive.

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Character Quotable
“Say it ain’t so, Stretcho. Tell me I ain’t seein’ what I’m seein’!”The Thing, who you’d think would be used to seein’ such things after years of runnin’ with Reed Richards
Fantastic Four #234

FANTASTIC FOUR #234
Published and © by Marvel, September 1981
Cover by John Byrne and Terry Austin

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, July 15, 2009.

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