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Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #13

Writer – Marv Wolfman, Roger Slifer, Len Wein
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Vince Colletta
Colours – Petra Goldberg
Letters – Joe Rosen

The issue starts off by taking a different approach to its usual beginning, this time featuring the guest star who just so happens to be Luke Cage, Power Man. It is here that the reader discovers that a giant monster has been unwittingly created and let loose upon the city by a meek-minded fellow named Arnold Krank through the story he tells to Cage. For his part, Cage only seems to half-believe the man, but listens anyways and when it is finally over, declares that fighting a giant creature is not really his deal. That all changes though when Krank reveals that the Thing is currently facing the monster alone and Cage knows that Ben Grimm cannot handle the creature by himself if what Krank is saying is to be true. There is a lot to love in this issue of Marvel Two-In-One, the first being the name of the creature, Braggadoom – like Brigadoon, but not. If there was one thing that Marvel truly excelled at during the Sixties and Seventies, it was naming monsters all sorts of catchy, yet ridiculous names. Another interesting bit is the portrayal of Luke Cage, still in the habit of exclaiming Sweet Christmas, calling people ‘sugar’ and saying all manner of stereotypical phrases of the time. Because of that, the book plays almost like a Blaxploitation film more than anything else and surprisingly, still makes for a good time nearly thirty years later. There is a nice little movie reference in the book courtesy of Ron Wilson which compliments the story perfectly, and it sees Luke Cage pass underneath a movie theater marquee with High Noon playing on the big screen within. Just like Gary Cooper was a man rushing to meet his fate whatever it might be, so too does Cage as he heads to face Braggadoom. Wilson also fills the latter half of the book with some great action sequences, especially as the monster is so huge that the Thing and Power Man are hopelessly outmatched on every level. It is only by chance that the two men are able to defeat the creature which in reality, they did nothing to actually do so. All in all, it was a fun book, with a bit towards the end where the two heroes even battle each other for a moment as their personalities as strong as they are, essentially demanded it no matter the threat present.

4 out of 5

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