Monday, September 3, 2012


NAMOR VISIONARIES JOHN BYRNE VOL. 2 (Marvel, 2012; Softcover)
Collects Namor, The Sub-Mariner Nos. 10-18 (cover dates January- September, 1991)
Writer and Artist (and Letterer): John Byrne
Jeez-o-Pete does John Byrne pile subplot on top of subplot. There is so much going on in every issue that your head spins. Byrne is like a waiter juggling several dishes, and all of them make it to their destination intact. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of excitement to see where things are going. I enjoyed Volume 1 so much so that I bumped this to the front of the queue after I bought it. 
We get to see an Invaders reunion, Master Man, the Griffin, the Super Skrull, and lots more. Byrne clearly loves the Super Skrull, as he has used him several times in his various projects. I'm really looking forward to Volume 3.
Junk Food For Thought rating: 5 out of 5. 
The OCD zone- This has the same godlike coated stock, dull matte finish paper that Marvel has been using in their softcover Masterworks and Classic line trade paperbacks for some time now. I cannot state enough how wonderful this paper is.
Unlike Volume 1 or other every other non-Essential, non-full line bleed book, this does not have page numbers. It drove me batshit crazy for some strange reason. 
There is a dropped line in a word balloon in issue 18, likely the result of a pasted over correction falling off over the years. It sucks, but it happens. I'm sure that Marvel will fix this for an Omnibus hardcover down the road, which my OCD will force me to re-buy. The cardstock cover has the same thick wax-like coating that all Marvel softcovers do.
Linework restoration rating: 5 out of 5.
Color restoration rating: 5 out of 5.
Paper rating: 5 out of 5.
Binding rating: 4 out of 5.
Cardstock cover rating: 5 out of 5.

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