Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #29

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Sam Grainger
Letters – John Costanza

The latest story by Marv Wolfman and Ron Wilson opens up with The Thing and his girlfriend Alicia Masters out on a date in sunny London having one of the best days they have had together in quite some time. Alicia especially is quite happy and because she is happy, Ben is in very good spirits. That of course does not last very long when they head to Dr. Kort’s house, the man who is supposed to find a cure for Deathlok, and discover that he is missing. To make matters even worse, Shang-Chi busts in and believes Ben to be a monster attacking Alicia, to which they then do battle. Wilson struts his stuff within the pages of this issue, making the fight between the heroes quite exciting before Shang-Chi eventually realises that not all is quite what it seems. That of course means they then have to team up and while it is a little played out, Wolfman does his best to make it as fun and enjoyable as possible in which he succeeds. All roads lead to Kort though, whom the heroes have find out has been kidnapped by Hydra and who are hell-bent on squeezing some information out of, that being a secret formula of his own design which will help to create the perfect weapon. There are a few laughs to be had courtesy of Wolfman, though the one thing that does not age well in this series is some of the slang that Ben uses which makes him seem a lot dumber than he really is. The opening sequence with Alicia and Ben is quite sweet and it is nice to see Alicia get the spotlight a little bit as she is ever playing second fiddle to the Fantastic Four’s heaviest hitter. Moments like this one are what make this title so special and it is good to see every once in a while. As for Shang-Chi, he also has a bit of time to himself before he meets up with The Thing, his inner monologue showing him to be not only a very thoughtful person, but one who is currently going through a bit of a crisis in his life, one that Wolfman does not go into here, but is sure to be explained in the Master of Kung Fu’s very own title. When the ending comes upon the reader, it is definitely not one that they would ever seen coming, but it is fun to see because it promises that hte next issue is going to be a good one. Once again the creators of this book including Wolfman and Wilson do a great job at creating a story that excites and delights with a guest star in Shang-Chi that turns out to be a perfect fit for the book.

4 out of 5

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