Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #27

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Len Wein
Letters – John Costanza

The twenty-seventh issue of Marvel Two-In-One is a packed book with not only Nick Fury and Deathlok from the previous issue, but the rest of the Fantastic Four joining them and a surprise guest at the end which was indeed, quite the surprise. Marv Wolfman and Ron Wilson do a great job at handling it all though and it finds the heroes trying to put a stop to the dastardly plot of Mentallo and The Fixer, villains who used Doom’s time machine in the last issue to bring forth an assassin in the form of Deathlok who is to say, a very unwilling participant. If there is one thing that Deathlok hates, it is being controlled by another, whether it was the man who created him or The Fixer at this moment who has silenced his ‘Puter’ and implanted some sort of mechanism to make it all possible. As for the Thing, he is not having the best of days either as he has been forced to wear a suit in order to be a member of Jimmy Carter’s security team along with the rest of his teammates. There are a few chuckles to be had in the book, but not as many as there usually is as Wolfman and Wilson pack it full of intrigue and action. Wolfman even gives readers a bit of a history lesson as he goes into Deathlok’s origin story, something that is a bit of sore spot for the character as he never asked to be a cyborg and that plays upon his mind later in the story once he is given the order to assassinate Carter. What is most interesting is that while The Fixer ultimately has control over Deathlok, it is not absolute because while Deathlok must do what he is told, that is also his out. If his controller has not told him to do something specific, that leaves Deathlok a little free rein to interpret said orders and that is just what he does. Suffice it to say, because of the villain’s incompetence, Deathlok uses that to his advantage and it gives The Thing, the Fantastic Four and Nick Fury a way to finally best Mentallo and The Fixer and by the end of the issue, everything is wrapped up in a nice, neat bow. For the most part, this was a great issue with a good balance between the action and the drama, but it did seem drop just a little bit in the middle, though obviously redeeming itself in the end. As for the special guest appearance, it is one that will hopefully make it no further than this issue as said guest star is more than a little ridiculous. A great job done by all with spectacular artwork from Wilson who never fails to impress.

3.5 out of 5

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