Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #60

Writer – Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio
Artist – George Perez
Inker – Gene Day
Colours – Roger Slifer
Letters – John Costanza

Where the last issue of this series felt like a fill-in issue, so too does this one though it is perhaps a little better crafted and there is enough action to offset the book’s guest star who just so happens to be the Impossible Man. Written by Ralph Macchio and Mark Gruenwald with George Perez on art and creators who also happen to insert themselves into the story in one of the better scenes to be found, they begin it all with The Thing procrastinating at having to dress up and go to Alicia’s art show. Eventually Ben does just that with the Impossible Man posing as his hat, but as astute and long-time readers of the Marvel Universe will know, the Impossible Man is not one to simply play along with whatever it is that The Thing has in mind, he wants to fool around and play. So it is that much of what takes place throughout, and surprisingly where it is usually overbearing, in this particular story it is not and ends up being a fairly good time. Suffice it to say, that at Alicia’s art showing, there are a few bad guys in the background who are keen to get a little revenge on The Thing and they do so by transferring their consciousness into the statues Alicia has carved, those being Doctor Doom, Blastarr and Diablo. Also in attendance is the Puppet Master who got a leave of absence from the prison to see his stepdaughter’s work and when those statues start to move, he is immediately blamed. Being that it is not him and Alicia cares only for Ben’s safety, she gives him the okay to destroy her work if need be and one can safely guess what happens afterwards. Throughout it all, there is a little bit of humour, some of it from Ben and a fraction of it from The Impossible Man who manages to help out instead of hinder, routing the bad guys and yet when all is said and done, he finds himself experiencing loneliness, something that he is not used to. To that effect, The Impossible Man splits himself in two, creating a female Popup and the two fly off together, hopefully to be happy and no longer bother The Thing or the Fantastic Four ever again. All in all, the story was well-written and Perez artwork always makes things better than they might have been otherwise. That being said, it was a good, fun story and while the art show might have suffered, Ben and Alicia have never been closer and all is well that ends well.

4 out of 5

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