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Posts made in February 1st, 2013

FANTASTIC FOUR #220-221

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The first issues where Byrne is credited for providing both “words and pictures” are a self-contained IMG_0801jumble of a story with no real significance.  However, they are interesting from an historical perspective.

They begin with each team member doing a “street level” job.  Ben saves some people from a falling crane.  Sue saves some window washers whose platform breaks underneath them.  Torch stops a plan from crashing.  Reed…Doesn’t do squat.  He’s too busy remembering his own origin and lecturing Sue about the scientific causes of the Northern Lights.

But this is really the first time that the FF rescue common-folk from every day threats.  The team was always a “family,” but this is the beginning of them being truly “human.”  They’re not bullying landlords or making fun of muggers, they’re doing good in the world.

We also see them go to Canada, John Byrne’s native land, where they meet Vindicator. For those of you who don’t know, or forgot, John Byrne was the man who made Alpha Flight a fan- and cult-favorite team.

After this issue, Byrne goes away for a while–to be replaced by the Moon Knight team of Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.

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4 REASONS TO LOVE “FURY MAX” by Nick Fury and Goran Parlov

Just got caught up on this series.  Here’s a few reasons to like it…

#1 Goran Parlov.

His layouts seem simple enough, but look at this splash page:

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It’s a transition from narration to flashback.  It’s cinematic, yet simple.  Parlov previously worked with Ennis on Punisher MAX, which is one of the greatest comic books of the past 100 years.

#2: Characterization.

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Garth Ennis develops a little bit of  a reason for Nick Fury’s edge…The character makes so much sense when you think of him as having layers of guilt buried underneath his cold, knowitall exterior.

#3: Dave Johnson’s Covers.

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They harken back to the old Steranko days in their retro, artistic James Bondness.

#4: Patriotism and History

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The first arc includes a mission during the Cuban Missle Crisis.  Marvel, in its infancy, distinguished itself from the Distinguished Competition by including the “real world.”  New York City instead of Gotham or Metropolis.  This kind of thing takes it further.  It’s been done before, for sure, but rarely this well.

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