Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the dawn of Al Ewing’s new Space Age at Marvel Comics and possibly the biggest news leaked so far is that Dr. Doom is on the team. Why would a supervillain join this team, especially when he was attacking them last issue? That’s half of what Guardians of the Galaxy #14 is about, but it plays out in a way you won’t expect. In fact, it has Dr. Doom body swap which is the impetus in him joining the team at all.
This week’s issue opens with Dr. Doom victorious over the Guardians as seen in the preview. The preview also reveals Dr. Doom uses his mind-swapping abilities to take over the mind of Hulkling! One might surmise Dr. Doom and Hulkling share a body. You’d think this would prevent the team from ever letting him join…
…but it’s the very reason he joins at all. If you don’t know, Dr. Doom literally says mind-swapping is an old trick. In fact, he’s mind-swapped quite a few times over the years, like when he took over the mind of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four #507…
Or took over the mind of Zarrko the Tomorrow Man in Fantastic Four #407…
Or popped into Daredevil’s body in Daredevil #37…
Or when he was inside Mr. Fantastic in Fantastic Four #10…
Seriously, Dr. Doom has popped into people’s bodies quite a bit.
This only antagonizes the Guardians of the Galaxy, which has them fighting Hulkling but trying not to hurt him. Little does Dr. Doom know, though, that Moondragon is playing possum and pretending to be knocked out.
The team itself gets Dr. Doom to make the first move. They actually trick Dr. Doom in swapping his mind out of Hulkling as they end up using his ego against Dr. Doom convincing him he’s only using Hulkling because he’s more capable at fighting than Droom himself. No way does Dr. Doom stand for that as he’ll prove to them he can beat them without Hulkling’s body (even though he already proved it already in the last issue!).
Little does Dr. Doom know, with Moondragon’s mind-control powers, she does the unthinkable…
She utilizes her powers to not only watch Dr. Doom move back to his original body but…
She redirects his mind to a different body. But who on Earth would she do that to?
Rocket Racoon of course! Al Ewing has added another mind-swap to Dr. Doom’s cannon and this time it’s with Rocket. As the title suggests, Dr. Doom shares a lot of things in this issue from Hulkling’s body, to Rocket’s.
One might assume Rocket is annoyed by this, but he ends up liking it since he’s basically manning a high-tech piece of machinery after all!
Regardless though, Dr. Doom in Rocket’s body is how our favorite Fantastic Four villain gets on the team.
That’s only a fraction of the story in Guardians of the Galaxy #14–there’s a whole other plot going on too–and I recommend reading the full issue.
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