Fantastic Four #10 features the story “The Return of Doctor Doom,” which is divided into five parts: “The Return of Doctor Doom,” “Back From the Dead,” “The End of Mr. Fantastic?,” “No Place to Turn,” and “The Real Doctor Doom.” This issue is about, as the title would suggest, is about the return of Dr. Doom. The story centers around Dr. Doom trading bodies with Mr. Fantastic to take the Fantastic Four down from the downside. This is also the first appearance of the Oviods.
I thought the story did a pretty good job of explaining how Dr. Doom was able to return from his asteroid ride via help from the Ovoids. Also, Dr. Doom’s plan of switching bodies with Mr. Fantastic was an interesting plot device and was handled pretty well. The part I didn’t like about the story, however, was the breaking of the fourth wall where Dr. Doom captures read by visiting Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and having them call Mr. Fantastic and have him come over. In the right circumstances this can work, unfortunately this is not the right circumstance and just comes off as awkward.
Once again Kirby’s artwork in Fantastic Four #10 is good and the action panels well done. The cover artwork is a little off, with Mr. Fantastic looking like he’s been working overtime in the gym to bulk up. I mean seriously, look at those gunboats he’s sporting.
In the end, Fantastic Four #10 is worth a read, but the breaking of the fourth wall is jarring and throws of the pacing of an otherwise entertaining story.
- Editor: Stan Lee
- Cover Artists: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers
- Writers: Stan Lee
- Pencilers: Jack Kirby
- Inkers: Dick Ayers
- Colorists: Stan Goldberg
- Letterers: Artie Simek