Fantastic Four #240

Fantastic Four #240

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl2 Comments


Title: “Exodus”
Synopsis: Stricken by war and plague, the Inhumans find themselves in need of the FF – and relocation to the moon!

Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: Byrne
Inker: Byrne

For readers of modern, “decompressed” comics, FF #240 is a great example of how much story can fit into a single issue: The Inhumans’ war with the Enclave! A plague strikes the Great Refuge! The relocation of Attilan! The birth of Quicksilver and Crystal’s baby! Today, such a story would take multiple miniseries and a dozen crossover titles; Byrne delivers it as a done-in-one. With the exception of the war and plague plotlines (which are told in flashback, undermining their drama), this issue never feels rushed. It’s rich in story and characters. Today’s creators could learn something from this one.

Grade: A

Cool factor: It’s Byrne doing the Inhumans.
Not-so-cool factor: It’s a shame that the Inhumans-Enclave war was never anything more than a flashback.

Notable: Guest-starring the Inhumans.

“Don’t get yer truss in a knot, Big Brain. This thing handles like a wet sponge, but I’ve flown worse!”The Thing, at the helm of an impromptu flying city
Fantastic Four #240

Published and © by Marvel, March 1982
Cover by John Byrne and Terry Austin

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Aug. 27, 2009.


  1. For a long time, that was my favorite issue of Byrne’s FF run for all the same reasons you mention. It had many geeky “wow” moments in it, like the part where Attilian was placed on the very spot on the moon where Phoenix committed suicide. I still love that mag very much, and it ranks as one of the all-time best FF issues. I agree, also, that today’s writers could learn a lot from FF #240!

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      Hey, Groove, thanks for stopping by. For any readers not familiar, Groove runs the excellent Diversions of the Groovy Kind, one of the best offerings of the Bronzeage Blogosphere. Check it out! – TAW

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