Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #26

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – John Costanza

When first starting this book and noticing that Nick Fury is the guest star, one assumes that it is going to be either some kind of espionage tale or a war story that will find the master spy and the Fantastic Four’s rockiest member teaming up. While it is a little sad that those hopes are dashed, Marv Wolfman and Ron Wilson still provide a fun time that sees two villains in the form of Mentallo and The Fixer do their daring best at a heist with none other than The Thing as the object of their desire. Suffice it to say, not all is as it seems for once they get Benjamin J. Grimm under their control, the story continues on for he was only the means to an end, with Doctor Doom’s time platform at the Baxter Building being the real goal. What could the two villains want with such a machine other than for personal gain remains to be seen, but one thing that is for sure is that Fury and Ben are not going to let the two get anywhere near the device. Though the book might star The Thing and Nick Fury for this particular issue, it is the scheming and desperate mission by the two bad guys that make this book a lot of fun and fairly exciting. Sure, there is the usual classic banter by The Thing, shooting his one-liners off every chance he gets and it does add a fair amount of humour to the proceedings, but it is Mentallo and The Fixer who genuinely entertain and it is a nice surprise to say the least. That of course also means there is a lot of action and once it gets going, Wilson and Wolfman make it rapid fire for at least a good few pages, as it is a race against the clock to stop S.H.I.E.L.D. and capture Ben before they can react. From there it is to the Baxter Building and it is not long before Ben comes back to his senses and Nick Fury busts in to help that it all ends on quite the cliff-hanger with Deathlok the Demolisher standing by. At the end of the day, this was a fun ride and it was great to see the underground S.H.I.E.L.D. base beneath the barber shop as well as Dum Dum Duggan who should have had a bigger role even if he was not the main guest star. What should be interesting to see is just how Deathlok fits into all of this and just which side he is on, whether the good guys, the bad guys or simply his own.

4 out of 5

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