Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #34

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Sam Kato
Letters – Bruce Patterson

With the appearance of Nighthawk in this issue of Marvel Two-In-One and given that he is teaming up with The Thing, one would normally expect a pretty good time to be had and yet, while it is told well, that is sadly not the case. For the most part, the book is actually quite sad, a tragedy that one can see coming a mile away and even though the reader knows where it is going, one cannot help but read it and hope for a different ending. That of course is not to be and like many things in life, and even though it is a fictional story, it speaks a truth both hard and inescapable. It all begins as Kyle Richmond is attending a board meeting, soon to be interrupted so that he might go and inspect a block of ice pulled from the Arctic with what looks to be a body inside. The Thing meanwhile, is dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Deathlok, but once through, finds himself on a collision course with the same strange being. So it is that the creature is awakened from the ice and instead of going on a rampage as many predicted, it tries to greet them which ends up putting them to sleep, a harmless mistake. What follows is a realisation that it is alone upon the Earth, that its brothers and sisters did not make it or were killed at some point in the past. It sets out to find those who might aid it and though it finds no help, it does end up helping various people in trouble along its way, but getting mistaken for a monster due to its appearance. Eventually The Thing and Nighthawk catch up to the alien and the stage is set for one final tragic scene involving a burning house, stranded children and men with guns. It does not end well for the creature and to say that the book has had one of the more sombre endings to be found in its run thus far is understating it. A part of the reader might find this a nice change of pace, with it being serious and a little more sincere in its delivery, yet it is a downer to read and considering the cast and what usually happens in this title, it is an aberration that seems quite out of place. It was not necessarily a bad thing, but Marv Wolfman and Ron Wilson who usually give the reader a smile or two in the telling of their tales, do not do as such here. A good story with some great artwork, this latest issue was a solid read, just a little more dismal than most.

3 out of 5

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  1. This is a classic and one of my all time favorite stories,it was so rare to see such a sad ending. It also speaks to what would it take for someone like Ben to see such injustice and just get enraged enough to clean some clocks.
    Always enjoyed Nighthawk and I collected The Defenders because of his character being in it.

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