ReviewTitle: “Shall Earth Endure?”
Synopsis: The Fantastic Four team with Galactus to take on Terrax – but what will happen when that fight is won?
Writer: John Byrne
As with last issue (see review), writer/artist John Byrne remains in top form during his first Galactus epic. It’s hard to compete with the cosmic scale of the FF vs. Galactus, though Byrne ups the ante by adding a few more Marvel heroes to the mix. The god-vs.-god action with Thor is particularly strong, as is Doctor Strange’s contribution to the fight. But the best scenes are the contrasting small moments, such as Daredevil and Spider-Man’s commentary from the sidelines. Byrne balances big battles and intimate moments with great skill: he’s got the Marvel formula down.
Cool factor: Byrne’s take on Galactus is pitch perfect.
Notable: Guest starring the Avengers and Doctor Strange, with cameo appearances by Daredevil and Spider-Man.
“For all your vaunted strength you are but a fading shadow of my cosmic all!”Galactus, devourer of worlds, talker of trash
FANTASTIC FOUR #243
Published and © by Marvel, June 1982
Cover by John Byrne
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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Sept. 23, 2009.