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Quote1.png I have come from the farthest reaches of space -- to proclaim the doom of the human race! Quote2.png
Galactus (Galan)

Appearing in "Galactus Unleashed"

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Synopsis for "Galactus Unleashed"

Brief Summary:
Galactus returns and commands the Silver Surfer to become his herald once again or the Earth will perish. The Surfer refuses and he and the Fantastic Four attack. They are unable to overpower Galactus, but Reed reaches his ship and threatens to destroy it unless he leaves.

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Detailed Summary:
Galactus returns to Earth and decrees that the world is doomed. Reed Richards reminds Galactus of his promise to spare the Earth. He acknowledges his promise and he vows to show mercy as long as the Silver Surfer becomes his herald one again. Although the Surfer is easily subdued by Galactus, he refuses to allow himself to be enslaved again and would rather continue living in exile. The Thing and the Torch attack Galactus and, while the world devourer is distracted by Johnny, Ben actually manages to topple the giant allowing the Surfer to break free. When the Thing tries to leap on Galactus, the powerful being uses his power to generate a wind that blows Ben, Reed, and Sue far away. While the Thing lands unscathed, Reed and Sue are rescued by the Surfer and Torch.

While the Fantastic Four regroups at Coney Island, the Surfer comes up with a plan. He reveals to them that Galactus ship is his weakness and he plans to reach it and take it over. However, when the Surfer flies up into space, he soon strikes the barrier that is keeping him exiled on Earth. He realizes then that Galactus purposely left the ship just out of the reach of his former herald.

Meanwhile, Galactus has followed the Fantastic Four to the amusement part and begins attacking them again. The Torch decides to try and keep Galactus at bay by creating flame duplicates of himself. While Galactus is occupied, Ben smashes a Ferris wheel on their foe. Galactus throws the broken Ferris wheel back at the Thing, while the Surfer swoops in to help with the attack. While the others free Ben from the rubble, the Surfer is blasted back by Galactus. Johnny helps the Surfer and misses the sudden departure of Reed and Sue from the scene of the battle. While Johnny resumes his battle with Galactus, Reed and Sue race across town to the Baxter Building. There they launch a rocket into space in order to reach Galactus' ship. While Sue pilots the rocket, Reed goes out into space. When he first tries to board the ship Galactus came in, he is rebuffed by some kind of force field. After being saved by one of Sue's invisible force-fields, Reed manages to penetrate the field. Inside the massive ship, Reed goes to the controls and begins manipulating them in what he believes will be the only way to save the universe from Galactus.

Back on Earth the Torch's flame is snuffed out by Galactus, who threatens to destroy the Earth if the Silver Surfer continues to refuse his commands. Before the Surfer can answer, Reed radios Galactus from his ship threatening to destroy it and leave Galactus stranded on Earth forever.

Solicit Synopsis

The wondrous wind-up! The Silver Surfer teams up with the F.F.! But how long can even they survive against the combined power of Gabriel - and Galactus?

Notes

  • At the time of writing this issue, Stan Lee can't remember what issue Galactus vowed to never menace the Earth again. The issue he meant to reference was Fantastic Four #50.
  • This is not the first time Galactus has returned to Earth to force the Silver Surfer back into his service. That time the Surfer agreed to do the bidding of Galactus, only to find himself exiled on Earth again until the next time Galactus needed him. [1]

Trivia

  • Although never directly identified, the amusement park portrayed is the famous Coney Island in Brooklyn.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Fantastic Four Fan Page. Letters are published from Scott Edelman and Gean Bearninger. The letters page also contains a Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation.
  • Comic book professional Scott Edelman has a letter printed in this issue.

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