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Fantastic Four #84: Review

Mar 1969
Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

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The Name Is Doom!

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4 stars

Fantastic Four #84 Review by (October 20, 2019)
This comic is special for me because it is one of the very first Marvel comics I ever had. Curiously, it was the Brazilian version of it! This was in January of 1980, when my family went to Florianopolis and the isla de Santa Catarina on a Summer vacation. I was ten back then. 

This story well depicts a maniac and controlling Dr Doom as a tyrant who provides all to his state citizens, but in return demands total obedience, respect and fidelity from them. An army of armed and strong robots control the population. Anyone who dares escape Latveria, is strongly punished, and may even face the death penalty. Doom is everything: Governor, judge, jury and executioner. Thus, all powerful, and feared.

The Fantastic Four (without the Invisible Woman who is taking care of her baby Franklin Richards at the time) finishes 0-1 in this chapter against Doom, who takes the marvelous team by storm, surprises them and defeats them, easily.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Fantastic Four #84 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
As the Fantastic Four fly back to the States on a Gyroship (a strange looking flying vehicle provided by the Inhumans), they're intercepted by Nick Fury who suspects a secret robot army is under development somewhere in Europe. After a quick incident with a loose robotic arm, Fury asks the superhero group to investigate.

Believing Dr Doom is behind the threat, Reed Richards, the Thing, the Human Torch and his girlfriend Crystal travel to Latveria, the villain's independent state where humanoid robots are awaiting them, cleverly armed with weapons that can neutralize each and everyone of the heroes. After a quick defeat and capture, the team wakes up the next morning in a fine hotel, greeted by the locals who make a parade in their honor. 

Sensing it is a facade for real danger, Reed tries to escape the city, but he's halted by a stun blast. A monitor playing a Dr Doom video clearly states the tyrant's warning: Nobody ever leaves Latveria, or else they die.

Also in this issue: Dum Dum Dugan.

Preview Pages
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Jack Kirby
Joe Sinnott
Jack Kirby (Cover Penciler)
Joe Sinnott (Cover Inker)
Plot: . Letterer: Sam Rosen.
Editor: Stan Lee.

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