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Fantastic Four: Books of Doom

(Fantastic Four: Books of Doom #1-6)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  771 ratings  ·  99 reviews
From the black steppes of Eastern Europe, to the college campuses of New York City, and finally to the throne of Latveria - this is the life of Von Doom From his earliest disasters to his scientific triumphs to the tragedy of the fractured man he would become, this is the story you know, and the one you don't. The story of the missing years and the journey that shaped the ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Marvel (first published August 9th 2006)
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Sam Quixote
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ed Brubaker brings his considerable writing talents to colour in the past of one of Marvel's more mysterious characters - Dr Doom. We get to see Victor as a young man, innocent and in love, travelling with his roaming family in an Eastern European-esque country before things go sour. "The Baron" is an evil noble who forces Victor and his family to go on the run, ultimately ending in tragedy, while Victor's mother dabbles in the black arts leading to more tragedy. It leads to Victor's escape to A ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a 241 special...FF and Evil Villain.

Ed Brubaker does a solid job giving us an origin story of our favourite Latverian megalomaniac. The art is decent, and definitely focuses on Victor and his transformation to Doctor (funny enough, he never actually earned that degree, because he was booted after the experiment which left his face (and psyche) scarred).
Victor encounters a lot of tragedy in his early years, his mother dabbled in the dark arts, and it cost her her life and soul; his f
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredible origin of Doctor Doom and his humble roots as a member of a gypsy clan. Great artwork and a captivating story line make this a fantastic (no pun intended) read. Doctor Doom is a truly sympathetic villain and I found myself able to relate to some of his dilemmas and controversies. Terrific character study of a scintillating villain.
Highland G
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing, can’t believe this book doesn’t get more praise. Such a great retelling of how VVD becomes Doctor Doom. My only gripe is that I now want to know how the family curse started out as well as it bugged me that we never really learn the origins of his mother’s demon.
Anyway, loved it overall and would love to see it in an nice oversized format some day.
Will Robinson Jr.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
DOOM BOWS TO NO ONE!!! Doctor Doom is arguably one of thee greatest super villains ever created. I mean he has inspired so many villains in fiction. One of which George Lucas admits is a Doom rip-off, Darth Vader. Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Raimondi & Farmer this collected volume tells the mysterious and incredibly intriguing origin of Doctor Doom. Brubaker does a great job with Doom narrating his rise to king of the kingdom of Latveria & the dark magic and science he learns to wield. Vi ...more
Reading Dr. Doom's biography is a fascinatingly sinister experience. Doom's childhood account was marred by death and suffering from the start. Horror and grief intertwine to define a character equal parts madman, genius, and zealot --and one of the most complex and memorable villains in graphic novel history. Short but sweet, this six-part series documents Doom's rise from wandering Gypsy to ruler of Latveria and arch-enemy of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic. ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this. Doctor Doom is pretty new to me, but I do love Brubaker's work. This didn't feel as gritty as his usual but certainly offered a more fleshed out origin. It does a solid job of going behind the scenes and expanding what was told in the original Fantastic Four Annual #2. If you want a story of misguided passion, arrogance, and obsession, well this is it. Only wish it had been longer! ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and Marvel superheroes
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and my local comics shop bargain bin
Shelves: comics, fiction, superhero
This well-crafted biographic tale is about as much Doom as you can expect to enjoy, outside of Lee and Kirby: a well-crafted origin for a keystone villain of the Marvel universe. Artist Paolo Raimondi has great appeal. And, Brubaker brings to life the familiar tale, with a twist.
Sumit Singla
The book deals with the origin of the character who I think is surely one of the most badass villains in Marvel history. (Some people might debate that, but please blame it on my limited exposure, if you disagree with me.)

I liked the layers in the story, and the artwork as well. The atrocities of the Baron, the death of Von Doom's mother, his relationship with Valeria - all explored very well.

However, why exactly does he hate Dr. Reed? Just because the guy is a doctor? Just because he was lookin
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
So probably my favorite run on a comic ever was John Byrne's run on The Fantastic Four in the 1980s. I was a tween during Byrne's run on the book, but repeated readings into my adulthood have indicated that this was one of the truly great runs in comic history and it lasted a very long time (Byrne was on the book for something like six years before moving to DC's Superman reboot.) Since Byrne was on the book so long, he effectively also became the steward of the FF's main adversary, Doctor Doom. ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
This is very good deep dive into the origin of one of Marvel’s greatest villains. Doom is hands down one of my favorite villains he has always had a certain charm to his character, in here we see he had a pretty tragic upbringing which helped shape him into the man he is today. Like most Marvel villains Doom is complex and isn’t inherently evil he’s doing what he thinks is best, he’s not nearly as sympathetic as a character like Magneto but he’s not pure evil like the Red Skull. My only complain ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good Doom story.
Read this, no. Read this one.
For every good idea the book has a bad one. This could have worked fine as a retconned origin story for Doctor Doom, even with the rampant gypsy and eastern European stereotypes (like this weird mismatch of names for the gypsies and the idiotic KGB). From the story of a boy clawing his way to the top to save his mother, living through his parents' death, leaving his home (whatever that is supposed to be) and trying to make a living, this could really work. Even the whole deal with the demon, but ...more
Eric Mikols
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was great. Doom is one of the strongest personalities in comicdom, and I love how feared he is in the Marvel universe. Having never read his origin stories, this was all new for me. Brubaker does a great job of making Doom sympathetic but also proving why he's a villain. Doom is arrogant, even before the Mask. Many of his downfalls are at his own hand, due to his overconfidence and pride. But it's all told perfectly, even when some moments run the risk of being cliche. Really, though, I enj ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I finished two other Doom mini-series before getting to this one (the second apparently was never collected and was as bad as the first, both written by Chuck Dixon). I saved Brubaker's for last as I usually enjoy his work. At its worst it is solid, and he can be very, very good (see Scene of the Crime, Velvet and part of his Captain America run).

This sits more as what I would classify as his solid work. If one wanted an overview of Doom's life from birth to what appears to be just before his f
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel relates the history of Doctor Doom from his childhood through his taking of the throne of Latveria. Told in a documentary style, we get many first-hand accounts of the story from Doom’s perspective, but there are also counterpoints as seen by some of the various characters who were present during the events.

I expected a straight-forward narration of the story in this book, so the documentary style was an interesting surprise. While it worked pretty well for the most part - all
Andrew Garvey
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I've always liked Dr Doom, for no other reason beyond the green cloak and the armour looking cool, really, and had a vague idea of his backstory so picked this up when I saw it on sale. Superficially, it seemed to have similarities to Greg Pak's celebrated 'Magneto: Testament' and his much-underrated but excellent 'Red Skull: Incarnate, exploring the Holocaust-era backgrounds of two more of Marvel's greatest villains.

But, while those two books were firmly grounded in real world history, Brubake
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Who is Victor Von Doom? What inspired him to want to take over the country of Latveria, and for that matter, the world? (Even if only the former was successful, at least as of this writing). Why does he hate Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four?

“Fantastic Four: Books of Doom” is the best kind of reboot – one that clarifies the past (in some cases, revising the past BUT with explanation as to why previously “known” history was wrong), one that fleshes out events only hinted at in earlier tales. T
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly a disquieting experience as you read on through Ed Brubaker's words as he puts color into one of the most mysterious characters in comics. Books of Doom is a very magnificent tale that shows the history of Victor Von Doom and how he came to be Doctor Doom. Everything was every bit enthralling.

What I like about most in this title is that, not once did Brubaker ever felt the need to make it a redemption story. We all learned about Doom's ominous presence, and this book justified just that al
Saif Saeed
This is the first ever comic I bought 'used but new' off of Amazon because its out of print. I had to buy it twice and I'm still waiting for my refund on the first purchase. The cover was a little torn too so most definitely not buying 'used but new' again.

The comic was alright. I feel like a story that would flesh out Doom in six issues should have done a better job than it did. Granted, this is *the* origin story and everything since this book has been sourced from these six issues but I can't
Judah Radd
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
This is tied with The Killing Joke for “Best Villain Origin Ever.”

It’s so... it’s so... so... Doom!!

I really loved this. I breezed through it. Ed Brubaker (whose Captain America work is unmatched) builds our villain from the ground up. It’s a meticulous serious of events, large and small, that created the monster who eventually would became God Emperor of Battleworld.

The narration is great. I love the layouts. It was a joy to see the Doom of now hovering in the backdrop and narrating the story
Uriel Septim VIII
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Most people think of Doom as just some robot wizard guy that hates the Fantastic Four. Many know the lackluster versions of the character that appear in the Fantastic Four movies. Everyone who has any slight interest in Doctor Doom needs to read this book.

This is probably the best Doctor Doom comic I've ever read. This book perfectly captures every single trait of the character perfectly; from his brilliance and mastery of both science and magic, to his incredible arrogance, pride, and shear wil
Doctor Doom's origin story. Eh. It's interesting enough, I suppose; it would have been more interesting had I not picked up all of it in bits and pieces elsewhere before reading this. I know a lot of people like Brubaker's writing but I think mostly I am finding it unnecessarily grim -- although maybe it's necessary, given that this is Doom. ...more
There are places where you get flashes of Brubaker's same explored ideas from Sleeper and Incognito -his fun with antiheroes. There is a part that does not age well in 2019 and makes it hard to be sympathetic to Doom. The twist at the end was kind of fun. Overall it was worth reading but not worth returning to. ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an incredible read. One of the most interesting in-depth views into a villain's psyche that makes you re-evaluate not only your perspective of that villain but also your own morality. With an ending that makes you question the reality of and authenticity of everything, you have read. This is a comic you need to read. ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard really great things about this book, and while I like Brubaker as a writer, I thought that this book was just OK. It is a tale of Doom's early days, tracing the story into his adulthood, and giving the reader some idea of what Doom's overall motivations are. ...more
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doom's origin

Well written tale of Dr. Doom's early days. Gives great insight into how his character and powers developed. Great for seasoned fans or as a jumping in point for new readers.
Fred D. McGhee II
Great depth & details

I'm a long time fan of the Dr.. Doom character. This series does a great job giving the backstory of Doom. It delves into the childhood of Doom and it shaped the megalomaniac he became.
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good graphic novel. basically, it’s the origin and set the basis for victor to become who he is today. the dialogues are good but the story is kinda cliche in some moments. good visual art and amazing covers.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent reworking of Doom's origins ...more
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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