Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #55

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

Though The Thing and Quasar might have defeated Deathlok, the traitor within Project Pegasus is still at large and even worse, they are unaware of it. So it is that the villain lets loose one of the more dangerous denizens of the facility – Nuklo, a being of almost pure radiation with the mind of a child. Perhaps thinking that Nuklo could be easily controlled is why the villain let him loose, but with his current mental faculties as they are, Nuklo is what his mind lets him be – not a grown man, but a kid who thinks he is just playing. Suffice it to say, Ralph Macchio and Mark Gruenwald create a situation where The Thing and Giant-Man have to take drastic measures before they are crushed to death. Eventually, the two heroes with Quasar in tow, corner Nuklo and manage to subdue him, but not before they are chastised by one of the scientists who tells them that Nuklo was not a threat, no matter what he looks or acts like. Putting this down on the page is none other than John Byrne and Joe Sinnott, their artwork looking as phenomenal as always with the action coming alive before the reader’s very eyes. Seeing the one-armed Ben Grimm try and accomplish what he normally does with two, having been injured in the previous issue, was a little humourous, but with Giant-Man on his side, there was no doubt as to his coming out with a win. That being said, the traitor still lives to cause trouble and the story left to be continued in the next issue. Gruenwald and Macchio also catch up with Thundra who is still pursuing her wrestling career and it is to nobody’s surprise that she refuses to go along with the script, but at one point during the match, she finds that she no longer has any say in the matter. There is one funny moment in the book where Ben asks his partner why he calls himself Black Goliath and for all intents and purposes, after this issue is over Black Goliath is now called Giant-Man, a more appropriate name for the good Dr. Foster. The book leaves off with Wundarr waking up from his coma, but is it a good thing or a bad thing and what will it mean for the heroes?

4 out of 5

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