Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #44

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Bob Hall
Inker – Frank Giacoia
Colours – Michele Wolfman
Letters – John Costanza

Taking a little time out to do a good deed, The Thing is volunteering at a camp for kids and it turns out to be just a little more than he bargained for. As it turns out, all that is needed is a good story to put a damper on their rambunctious behaviour and the tale that Ben Grimm weaves is a doozy involving gods, monsters and the Prince of Power, Hercules. Such as it is, it turns out that Hercules needs a bit of help as Zeus has been imprisoned in Olympus by giant monsters. The Thing, always ready to lend a helping hand no matter the situation, is whisked away to said land and once there, it is not long before writer Marv Wolfman and artist Bob Hall throw the two heroes right into the thick of it. There are three gigantic creatures for the heroes to face and they do so as heroes do – selflessly, maybe not quite so fearlessly, but doing what they need to do so that in the end, the good guys win out. It is a rightfully fun tale and there are quite a few mirthful bits thanks to the kids who star in the interludes, not to mention Ben who always has something to say. Even Zeus conjures up a laugh from the reader as he never calls Ben by name, what with him probably being too far beneath the god to require any sort of recognition. What does fall a little flat much like earlier issues, and not that it is exactly Wolfman’s fault, are the dated references that only those who grew up during the era this was written or for those that enjoy classic films and the like will get, people like Bob Hope, Humphrey Bogart, Tony Curtis and so on. They are humourous at times, but for those who might be reading the book thirty years on or more, they simply do not work, not that Wolfman might have been thinking that anybody would be reading the book so far off into the future. As for the artwork, Hall does some slick work, made all the better thanks to the inking by Frank Giacoia and the colouring by Michele Wolfman. The action, aside from a few pages, is essentially non-stop and the book breezes by in no time at all. What is nice about this story is the fact that is a done-in-one tale with no need to read anything else and it being continued nowhere. While there have been a few serialised storylines featured in the title, it is usually those self-contained issues that read the best, of which this also happens to be one.

3.5 out of 5

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