FANTASTIC FOUR #243
(Cover by John Byrne)
Published and © by Marvel, Jun. 1982
“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
Review: As with last issue (see Comics Bronze Age’s 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.
Character quotable: “For all your vaunted strength you are but a fading shadow of my cosmic all!” — Galactus, devourer of worlds, talker of trash.