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Posted by bnwadmin On July - 27 - 2010

Fantastic Four #258 (Volume 1; September 1983) John Byrne (w,a)

Interlude Appropriately titled, this issue was told from the point-of-view of Doom as he prepared his latest plans to defeat the Fantastic Four. How predictable.

Rise of the Silver Surfer Fans of the two Fox films should take notice the reference to one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s epic tale in which Doom stole the Surfer’s board and his power, only to be thwarted by – you guessed it, the FF.

Father of the Year Byrne gives readers an up close and personal look at Doom’s ward of the state, Kristoff, who receives several valuable lessons into the mind of Latveria’s benevolent leader.

Cameo Word Up. But seriously, Captain America and Iron Man make a brief appearance as the action moves to NYC for just a moment as the Doombots spring Terrax.

Revenge In his quest for reacquiring the power cosmic, Doom enlists the services of Dr. Hauptmann. Hauptmann however has a little grudge against Doom for killing his brother. Some people need to just learn to let things go, Doom obviously has.

Turn the Page The cover image is of Doom’s hand tearing at the yellow cover with the FF masthead on it. The tears reveal the splash page while in his glove you can see Doom’s face. Awesome cover.

Quote of the Issue It may sound like a broken record when it comes to Doom, but “No one Rivals Doom! NO ONE! Doom is supreme! There is no power on Earth, no intellect in all creation to equal mine.”

How Bad Ass Is Doom? So bad ass that he makes his own robots blow up for thinking for themselves. Whoops.

Editor’s Notes Oh how I miss these. When Cap and Iron Man are talking to one another they reference Ben Grimm’s condition. However, if you only read FF you might not realize something had happened in Marvel Two-in-One. Thanks to the editor’s note, the reader now knows, and can go find that issue to get filled in. What a concept that both Marvel and DC should seriously reconsider including in its books again.

How Can I Find This Issue? Great question. Obviously you can purchase the single issue, or grab it in its collected form – Fantastic Four Visionaries John Byrne Volume 4 TP. Both Brave New Worlds locations have these in stock, including the entire classic Byrne FF run as well.

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