Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #30

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – John Buscema
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Janice Cohen
Letters – Irving Watanabe

At the end of the last issue, readers would have noticed that Hydra was looking to weaponize Spider-Woman by cloning her abilities and passing them onto others so that they might have an unstoppable force to do their bidding. Suffice it to say that The Thing and Shang-Chi put a stop to that, though only for the moment because Hydra is still looking to do just that and in the meantime, they have sent Spider-Woman out to put a stop to The Thing before he can do anymore interfering. Drawn by the incomparable John Buscema, the book once again finds Ben Grimm and his lady-love out and about London, seeing the sights and spending some quality time together. With Hydra and Spider-Woman in the mix, one would think that The Thing would have enough to deal with, but Marv Wolfman decides to muddy the waters for the hero just a little more and introduces a pair of thieves into the mix whose motives, aside from gaining some sort of treasure, are kept from the reader, at least until the next issue that is. So it is that Ben must fight a battle on multiple fronts, one where he does not even know who the real villain is. For one, he has been told by Nick Fury that Spider-Woman is actually a good guy, but after having been attacked from her, he is not quite convinced of that. Also, having run into these two thieves more than once, he is starting to believe that they might have a little something to do with Spider-Woman and whatever it is that she is up to. All of it comes to a head though when Spider-Woman kidnaps Alicia during a second date with Ben and to say that she has just made him angry is like saying a tornado is just a light breeze. While Wolfman usually peppers the book with a little humour, there is none to be found in this issue, though some of the lingo that Ben uses could be called humourous simply due to the fact that it is quite ridiculous, one instance with him saying ‘cee-gars’ on more than one occasion. One thing that makes this particular issue intriguing more than most is that Ben does not find himself being the villain of the story, something that has not happened very often during the series thus far. What makes the reader wonder though, is given the ending of this tale, will Spider-Woman continue to be for or newly found friend? Only reading the next issue will tell for sure and after having read this one, continuing on is a survey.

4 out of 5

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