Fantastic Four #244

Fantastic Four #244

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Title: “Beginnings and Endings”
Synopsis: Galactus is brought back from the brink of death by the FF – but does that mean he’ll spare Earth?

Writer: John Byrne
Penciler: Byrne
Inker: Byrne

Instead of picking up right where the previous issue left off (see review of FF #243), writer/artist John Byrne shifts forward to an exhausted, disheveled Johnny Storm mumbling “Frankie’s gone.” This intro sets up the story beautifully, as Byrne flashes back to the events leading up to Frankie Raye’s departure to the cosmos. When the character was first introduced, some feared Byrne was rehashing his classic Dark Phoenix storyline. But the morality play of Frankie Raye and Galactus hits different notes, and this conclusion is strong, sophisticated stuff. Byrne’s first three-part FF epic remains a winner from start to finish.

Grade: A

Cool factor: Galactus gets a new hearld … and some friends?

Notable: First appearance of Nova. … Guest-starring the Avengers and Doctor Strange. … This issue contains one of the classic Bill Willingham Dungeon & Dragons ads.

Character Quotable
“A few less bug-eyed monsters? What’s that compared to my being able to go … out there?Frankie Raye (strong moral fiber, that one)
Fantastic Four #244

Published and © by Marvel, July 1982
Cover by John Byrne

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, Sept. 24, 2009.

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