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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the classic Doctor Doom spotlight issue from John Byrne’s Fantastic Four run (#258, to be specific)..
First off, an issue entirely spotlighting Doctor Doom was a great idea. It’s been done plenty of times since, but at the time it was a novel idea.
Byrne opens up with a strong splash page of Doom surveying his kingdom (which he had just recently taken control of after losing his title)…
but the REALLY cool part is the double page splash on the following two pages…
Nice enough page on its own merits, but the REALLY cool aspect of it is that it is an homage to Fantastic Four #247, when the FF had to help Doom get his title back. Check out THAT double-page splash…
Pretty nifty, huh?
Other cool things in this issue is showing Doom keeping up with events in other Marvel titles, a nice little continuity nod without going overboard…
The major plot point in the issue is a doctor trying to trick Doom into using a device that would give the user the Power Cosmic. Doom figured that it would not work on humans. This leads into a tirade about how much better Doom is than, say, Magneto.
Meanwhile, Doom thinks about the device and figures out who the device WOULD work on…
The artwork is great and the story is strong and it also sets up the next issue quite nicely (while fitting into the current narrative of Byrne’s FF run, including references to past issues).
Great stuff by Byrne.
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