Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #53

Writer – Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio
Artist – John Byrne
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Diana Albers, Gaspar Saladino

It has been some time since The Thing has been back to see Wundarr at Project Pegasus and sure, he has been busy, but he realises that it is not necessarily reason enough and he feels somewhat ashamed because of it. Arriving at the facility, things have changed and he goes through a pretty intensive screening process, cracking jokes as he is known to do until he is finally admitted and faced with an enemy. Once again, as seen in so many other titles and this one included, Ben Grimm mistakes friend for foe though to be fair, he had never met Quasar before this point and instead thinks him the former Marvel Boy/Crusader who had gone mad and just a little violent. A tussle breaks out of course and soon, not only does the reader get a little history lesson on Marvel Boy, but on Quasar as well. Thanks to creators Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio with John Byrne and Joe Sinnott, they soon get that bit of action out of their system, it is finally time to see what happened to Wundarr since readers last saw him and it is not a good thing as he has shut himself off from the world in a kind of comatose state. Not only that, but somehow he manages to drain the power from everything around him including The Thing who just wants to see the poor guy. There are a couple of twists of course, the first being that there is a traitor within Project Pegasus, hinted to be Thomas Lightner, though little is done about that in this current issue. The second is a sub-plot involving Thundra, though how it factors into what happens during this issue remains to be seen and last but not least, a character reveal with a cliff-hanger. All of it makes for a good book, though it did feel like little happened as a lot of it was wasted on trivialities and the down-time taken by The Thing after seeing Wundarr. It did not detract from what was going on, this obviously being the first of a multi-part story, but it would have been nice to see the pace a little quicker than it was and more meat on the bones with less throwaway moments. Altogether, it made for an entertaining package and nice to see was Byrne back on the book, the man drawing one of the more definitive versions of The Thing ever to be put on the page.

3.5 out of 5

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