A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments - Day 49

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a cool scene from John Byrne's Fantastic Four guest-starring a certain odd doctor.


To set the scene up, erstwhile herald of Galactus Terrax is on Earth and he has used the Power Cosmic to levitate the entire island of Manhattan into orbit of Earth and only Terrax's power is keeping oxygen pumping to the island.

He came to the Fantastic Four with an offer - destroy Galactus or he'll destroy Manhattan.

The Fantastic Four obviously are not down on murdering Galactus, but must play along, and in Fantastic Four #243, they confront Galactus. Reed tries to reason with him but then Terrax shows up.

Galactus deals with Terrax quickly (stripping the herald of the Power Cosmic), so you'd think the problem would be resolved, right?

Except Galactus is now so drained of power that he determines he must feed on Earth. The Fantastic Four (well, just Reed, Ben and Johnny) are resolved not to let that happen, but they're greatly outclassed, until some other folks show up.

When Terrax levitated Manhattan into space, he overlooked the fact that that little island also happens to house a whole pile of superheroes, so the Avengers (or however many Avengers who were on Manhattan at the time) show up to fight Galactus along with the FF.

And then, to REALLY help things along, Doctor Strange shows up to lend a hand, and that leads directly into today's moment (specifically, page three - the splash page - is the "moment" if I had to chose one)....

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Totally badass.

In fact, while normally I'd probably try to hold back the last page of this issue for a future "moment," I think Byrne's Fantastic Four was cool enough that it'll have plenty of moments without counting this one, so here's the aftermath of this moment, along with a great line by Reed (which is the bit that could legitimately be a "moment" of its own).

Here's the awesome cover from this issue....

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