Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #11

Writer – Roy Thomas, Bill Mantlo
Artist – Bob Brown
Inker – Jack Abel
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

As has been the staple thus far in this series, a bit of ridiculousness and hilarity ensues as Ben Grimm and his girlfriend Alicia attempt to catch a train down to Florida. They just so happen to be late of course and it then requires the Thing to cause all sorts of mischief and property damage along the way so that the two of them might catch their ride. If one was to think of the real-world consequences of his actions, it would be literally astounding, but as it is, there must be clean-up and construction crews always at the ready as it is the Marvel Universe. While all of this is going on, at the University of Florida there is a statue of a Golem inhabited by a young man’s uncle, a Golem which a demon named Kaballa wishes to control. The only thing holding the demon back is the aforementioned spirit as it rests quietly while in his nephew’s presence. It is only when it is removed to a certain distance that it comes to life to wreak havoc, something the demon is more than happy to see. Bob Brown is back once again to bring this story to life and he does so with a good amount of flair, making the Golem a creature to truly be feared though it has no motivations of its own. So while Ben and Alicia think they are in for a nice relaxing time at Disneyland, that is not to be as the Thing’s sense of duty and honour require him to defeat the Golem and Kaballa so that nobody further gets hurt. As far as villains go, Kaballa leaves a lot to be desired. He is definitely no Mephisto or Nightmare, his goals and ambitions nowhere near as lofty, but he is a demon nonetheless and not to be trifled with. As for the story itself, it is about par for the book – a lot of fun and filled with a lot of action and exciting moments. Roy Thomas and Bill Mantlo do a great job of it, doing the characters justice and creating a scenario with the Golem and its human companions that is interesting enough, that seeing it on its own in a miniseries or solo title would have been a good thing. Altogether, this was a great issue through and through.

4.5 out of 5

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