Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #54

Writer – Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio
Artist – John Byrne
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – John Costanza

As shown in the last issue, Deathlok – the man-machine cyborg last seen in a previous storyline with The Thing, is now inside of Project Pegasus and lying in wait for Ben Grimm as he looks for someone to play poker with. What follows is a battle between the two when they meet up and the creators of this issue who include Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio along with John Byrne, give readers a surprise as Deathlok is able to injure The Thing and make him bleed, something very few have ever been able to do. It of course angers Ben and he destroys Deathlok’s weapon and hand in a bit of retaliation but soon is losing his strength again like he did in Wundarr’s room earlier and is at the cyborg’s mercy. Thankfully, Quasar arrives on the scene and what follows is a game of cat and mouse throughout the building between the two until Quasar finally corners his adversary who meanwhile, is intent on setting up some sort of mechanism which cannot be for anything but nefarious. The fight between the two should have been one-sided one would have thought what with Quasar’s Nega-Bands, but with a surprise once again, The Thing comes around and the good guys eventually pull out a win. Byrne and company pack the book full of action, almost from cover to cover for this issue and as a result, the story reads fast which can sometimes work against what is being told, but thankfully does not do so here. Little is shown of Wundarr whose condition still remains a mystery, but hopefully one that will become made known before the storyline comes to its end. Also in this tale is the mysterious traitor, shown last issue being quite furtive and in this book, trying to finish what Deathlok started while communicating with some unknown masters who have also not been revealed as of yet. Being the second part of the Project Pegasus story arc, it was a fun ride even if it seemed somewhat short due to the amount of action within, but a good read and one that makes its audience want more when all is said and done. As for Thundra, she is still doing her thing and readers have to know that it will connect up at some point; it just remains to be seen how and when.

4 out of 5

3 replies »

  1. Wow, Dealthlok has always been one of my favourite characters, but didn’t know about this issue or that he actually managed to hurt The Thing like that either! Sounds like an awesome issue, love the cover as well. Were is Deathlok now in the current Marvel Comics standing I wonder, about time they brought him back I think.

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