Fantastic Four #236 (1981)

A Doom solo story, and character study, where we learn some cool stuff.

First of all, Dr. Doom is a good piano player.

Dr. Doom gets Puppet Master to put the team’s consciousnesses (along with Puppet Master’s own daughter, Alicia) into little dolls and forces them to live in a town controlled by Doom.

Their minds are wiped, but eventually they start to remember who they are and break free.  But before that, Dr. Doom uses the amnesiac Reed Richards as a platform to re-tell his own origin story, in which he is the hero and Reed is the villain.  Puppet Master has better motives: He wants his daughter to be able to live happily ever after with Thing, who is put into the body of a “normal person” puppet that looks like he looked before he was transformed by cosmic rays.

At the end of the story, the tables are turned and Doom gets stuck in the small town as a doll, and Puppet Master has the whole town attack him.

This is a giant-size anniversary issue with a great cover, and inside is a key to it.

Creator: John Byrne
Grade: B+

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