Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #4

Writer – Steve Gerber
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Frank Giacoia
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Charlotte Jetter

In a story that could only be called Doomsday 3014, Ben Grimm is taking Wundarr to the zoo for a little down-time as well as a little real-world experience when things go awry. Thankfully, after Wundarr lets all the animals loose, Captain America and Sharon Carter are there to lend a hand in getting them all corralled up. Not too soon after, everyone is back at the Baxter Building having a little coffee and conversation when a woman mysteriously appears from the future where a strange race of aliens called the Badoon now rule the Earth. When the heroes hear tell of that, there is no other course of action except to head to the year 3014 and return the Earth to humanity. The fourth issue of Marvel Two-In-One has it all – action, comedy and an unknown menace that needs defeating. Seeing the Thing take a grown man-child out to the zoo is funny in itself, but when Wundarr sets all the animals loose and seeing Ben lose his cool as only he can, is completely priceless. The book slows down for a minute as Ben, Cap and Sharon head back to the headquarters of the Fantastic Four where Reed and Medusa are trying to fix Dr. Doom’s time platform after which, they all sit down and have some coffee. It all picks up though, when that strange woman appears and warns them of a very bleak future. Steve Gerber continues to do a great job chronicling the everyday adventures of the Thing, nailing his personality and injecting not only some laughs, but almost a warmth to the book. The best part of it all is the moment when the heroes decide to head to the future, not knowing what they will be getting themselves into, but doing what they think is right without any hesitation whatsoever, Sharon included. Heroes indeed. While the Badoon are set up to be the bad guys of the picture, they fail to make an appearance and neither do the Guardians of the Galaxy whom astute readers will know are the Badoon’s sworn enemies. Once again, Sal Buscema steps up to the plate to lend his incredible talent to the book, delineating the assembled heroes as only he can. Altogether, the issue is a great read and seeing the Thing team up with Captain America always makes for a good time. With the cliff-hanger the book is left on, the next issue promises to be quite exciting.

4 out of 5

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  1. Reblogged this on The Inner Circle and commented:
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    The Tell Tale Mind has dropped the latest review of the classic Marvel Two-In-One comic book. This adventure sees Ben Grimm aka The Thing teaming up with Captain America and features the first cosmic story in the series. Note that Wundarr again is heavily featured as well as Medusa of the Inhumans and Sharon Carter. There is a lot of star power as well as firepower when Ben and friends go and face the Badoon and will meet one of my favorite superhero groups in issue #5!

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