Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #14

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Herb Trimpe
Inker – John Tartaglione
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – Karen Mantlo

Bill Mantlo takes the reins to craft a fun tale involving Ben Grimm and Daimon Hellstrom, better known as the Thing and the Son of Satan. While most team-ups that Ben finds himself in are a lot of fun, it is those with a supernatural element that tend to stand out just a little more due to the fact that the man seems so out of place when confronted with things a bit out of his wheelhouse. Here, like many of his adventures so far, he encounters the man who will be guest-starring in the book purely by chance, both men investigating a strange phenomenon in the small town of Lawless, Arizona. For Ben, he is there thanks to Reed and one of his machines that picked up a strange disturbance, one that seemed to affect Alicia in a very strange manner. As for Daimon, these are the kinds of things he does on a daily basis and he would have shown up anyway. So it is that the two men discover that this abandoned town still has at least one resident, that being the ghost of a villain who caused more than his fair share of trouble while still alive. Now he is back, a monster by the name of Ravenstorm, who is looking to claim a little vengeance upon the town that sent him to his grave long those many years before. When it comes to Ben, there is little he can actually do against this particular foe, what with him being purely mortal and the bad guy nothing but a spirit and a powerful one at that. It all comes down to Hellstrom, whose Hellfire seems just as ineffective as the fists of the Thing, but the two men press on and eventually persevere, discovering that Ravenstorm was not the actual villain before them, but the demon Kthara whom Daimon has previously faced in battle. In the end, while the two heroes win the day, it is not without the help of the people of Lawless, the poor souls who had been trapped by Ravenstorm within the town and who now freed, tear Kthara apart before heading to their final rest. Overall, Mantlo delivers the goods and he does so with some help from Herb Trimpe, John Tartaglione and Janice Cohen who bring it all to four colour life.

4 out of 5

4 replies »

  1. Always enjoy a good story by Bill Mantlo, and this issue of Marvel Two in One sounds really fun and exciting! Don’t normally see The Thing and Son of Satan teamed up like this. I always thought the Son of Satan was often a very overlooked character, especially nowdays. Is he still about in the Marvel universe anymore?

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