Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #5

Writer – Steve Gerber
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Mike Esposito
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Annette Kawecki

The Thing, Captain America and Sharon Carter have been captured by the Badoon who think them helpless. Suffice it to say, it could not be any further from the truth for soon enough, though the three were overwhelmed previously, they will not be caught so again. Now the Badoon have a revolt on their hands, something they have never really experienced before except at the hands of the Guardians of the Galaxy and it is not long until they too join the fray, having been made aware of what is happening by Tarin, the mysterious woman who showed up in the Baxter Building last issue. Steve Gerber crafts another masterpiece with the help of Sal Buscema, Mike Esposito and Petra Goldberg and it is once again both action-packed and funny as Ben Grimm continues to refer to the Badoon as Baboons during each and every opportunity he gets. Gerber never lets the pace down either as the heroes battle the Badoon and their servants across every page in the book, only stopping for a quick interlude with Tarin and her people or with the Guardians before it picks right back up again. As for the Guardians, they do show up to lend a hand, but it is not for very long for once they arrive, the tide immediately turns in favour of the good guys and the Badoon are soon routed. Throwing Martinex, Vance Astro, Yondu and Charlie-27 into the mix made for a great reading experience as they are definitely a criminally underused team, before and after their ongoing series from the 1990’s. In this issue, it is the core of the group, the four main members and they have a good chemistry about them, working well together and having no problem teaming up with the time displaced heroes. What is most interesting is the moment when Vance meets up with his idol, Captain America. There is also a bit of a history given by Gerber on the origins of Vance Astro which is most fascinating and it intrigues the reader enough that seeing more of the Guardians would not be a bad thing. Of course Buscema’s artwork is as stellar as ever and he has no problem juggling such a large cast of characters as they work towards their freedom. All is well that ends well and the book finishes up with the Badoon defeated, or at least some of them so that a new story can start up in the next issue. One of the better books in the series so far.

4 out of 5

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