ReviewTitle: “Render Unto Caesar!”
Synopsis: The Fantastic Four team with the Black Panther to investigate a mystery – and find themselves prisoners of ancient Rome!
Writer: John Byrne
As John Byrne settles into his stay on FF, he starts digging deeper into the Lee/Kirby toy box. Following last issue’s Inhumans tale (see review of FF #240), Byrne sends the team to Africa for an adventure with their old friend T’Challa, aka the Black Panther. Unfortunately, the Panther isn’t really needed in this old-school adventure with a sci-fi twist, and does little more than skulk around in the background. For that matter, the story doesn’t really need the FF – any team of superheroes or even plain-closed adventurers would do. Still, it’s another fun done-in-one, with nice art from Byrne.
Cool factor: Byrne continues to explore the FF’s extended supporting cast.
Notable: Guest-starring the Black Panther.Cool factor: XX
Not-so-cool factor: XX
Second opinion: “XX.” — XXTitle, XXMonth, XXyear.
Collector’s note: XX
“Maybe the Ay-rabs got some new energy source?”The Thing, master of cultural sensitivity. (Later in the issue, he’s worried about “the Reds,” too!)
FANTASTIC FOUR #241
Published and © by Marvel, April 1982
Cover by John Byrne and Terry Austin
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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Aug. 28, 2009.