And it doesn't get any more "arch" than my two featured combatants: Reed Richards and Dr. Doom. Yes, it's true that Doom is the arch enemy of the entire Fantastic Four, but let's face it: It's Reed he hates the most. And after the countless attacks by Doom on him and his family and friends, the feeling is mutual on Reed's part. Tonight, it's down to these two guys. But neither of them are using their traditional powers/weapons of choice for this round. Tonight, they're both throwing science to the wind and going with something more...arcane.
Tonight's sorcerous slugfest comes from Fantastic Four#500, the conclusion of the "Unthinkable" story arc, written by Mark Waid, pencilled by the late, great Mike Wieringo, and inked by Karl Kesel and Lary Stucker.
Synopsis: Doom has bargained with three demons for sorcerous power and knowledge, both of which he uses to attack the Fantastic Four. He kidnaps Reed and Sue's daughter Val, banishes their son Franklin to Hell itself, and kidnaps and tortures Sue, Ben, and Johnny while imprisoning Reed in an arcane library. He's also captured Dr. Strange who, in his astral form, points Reed to a mystical weapon with the power to defeat Doom.
Trouble is, Reed has no idea what he has to say or do to utilize this magic power. Finally, he figures out that the key is to put his ego aside and admit that magic is beyond his comprehension. And keep doing so.
Which he does
.....with a great deal of self-flagellation
Unfortunately, Doom catches on to Reed's "magic words" ploy, and institutes a mystical "gag order".
is Reed going to get out of this one
But did you really
think I would have a "Fight Of The Century"
round with no punches thrown
Say it, Reed!
And down, or rather UP, goes Doom!
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