Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #37

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Roger Slifer
Letters – John Costanza

When this issue opens, it finds The Thing a despondent man. Now that the Fantastic Four is no more, as chronicled in FF #178, Ben finds he has nothing really to do, much less money to do it with. Getting a job might be a little tough with his current rocky exterior and now that he no longer lives in the Baxter Building, accommodations are not exactly easy to come by. To make matters worse, Ben has been getting an occasional pain inside of himself that hurts enough to make him lash out and when he does that, things tend to get wrecked. It is not that he means to do so, but he blames himself and so when the cops come to arrest him, he is more than happy to go with them, believing himself a menace. Marv Wolfman writes a fairly moving tale because it is sad to see one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe feel so down about himself which is no fault of his own. Things get more complicated when he is forced to go to court, but there might be one ray of sunshine as his attorney is none other than Matt Murdock, whom astute readers will realise is the alter-ego of Daredevil. When that pain flares up again in the courtroom though, the judge throws the book at him so to speak and Ben has not chance at all of the acquittal Murdock was looking for. Readers of this title will notice that this issue does not follow the usual formula of The Thing teaming up with a four-coloured hero to fight a villain of the week, instead it featuring a much more sombre tale. it is a story that is almost like a breath of fresh air, despite its subject matter which sees The Thing on the wrong side of the law. Of course there is a bad guy to blame and just how said villain will be caught remains to be seen, but it is sure to be good given what book this is. What is quite intriguing though is that the prosecution actually did prove their case quite well, citing examples from Ben’s adventures as proof of his destructive qualities and his guilt. Benjamin J. Grimm might be a hero, but he causes a lot of damage in the saving of those lives and one cannot say without any certainty that people will not end up being hurt one day when he fights a madman or monster or whatever the occasion might bring. This was a very good tale by Wolfman and Ron Wilson, a different sort of story for sure, but one that definitely captures the reader’s attention.

4 out of 5

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