Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #49

Writer – Jo Duffy
Artist – Alan Kupperberg
Inker – Gene Day
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Gaspar Saladino, Michael Higgins

On vacation, The Thing is a little down as the fish are not currently biting and as he loves fishing, the vacation is not exactly going as planned. Going back to the hotel and ready to spend the rest of the day doing nothing, he meets a pretty young damsel in distress whom he obviously decides to help out. Ben also thinks he sees Dr. Strange and while the good Doctor does not seem to hear Ben’s greetings, The Thing is sure that it is indeed his friend. It is here that Jo Duffy starts a mystery for it is not coincidence that Ben and Stephen Strange are at the same lonely hotel in Crawlinswood. Later that same night, Jane – the young woman he just met, is screaming and Ben rushes to her rescue to find that there is nothing there, though both he and Jane swear there was. Soon, Ben and Jane are attacked by a mysterious green creature with a red gem upon his chest. Dr. Strange, how has been essentially hiding out in his room knew that something like this might happen which is why he is glad that The Thing is present. So it is that Ben must fight the physical presence of the magical monster while Dr. Strange must battle the ethereal one – the magician that controls the monster and wishes to break free of his prison now that the stars have aligned just right. Strange knows that he must defeat the mage or at least hold him off long enough that something happens to prevent him from escaping. That fortuitous moment becomes a reality thanks to Ben who with some quick thinking, realises that maybe, the gem upon the monsters chest might be the key to defeating it. Smashing it, the creature reverts to its human form, a man named Kemo who centuries previous was enslaved by the wizard Ennis Tremellyn. That wizard too is defeated and as such, the stars having already moved and his prison now all too real once again. Duffy writes a perfect little done-in-one tale with some fantastic artwork from Alan Kupperberg who outdoes himself with this titanic story. With a little bit of horror, a slight dash of humour and a good dose of mystery and drama, The Thing and Dr. Strange make a great team, even if Ben was unaware of it. A short tale, but a good one that makes this issue of Marvel Two-In-One a definite must read.

4 out of 5

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  1. What a great looking issue, and an epic story as well. Marvel Two In One was always such an inventive series and this issue is a real highlight, always great to see the Thing and Dr Strange team up, they made a cool team!

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