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Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #65

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

While the second part of the Serpent Crown Affair may not begin with a bang, it is not long before Ralph Macchio, Mark Gruenwald and George Perez get right into it and all of it starts with The Thing and Stingray who have just saved an oil rig from going down. Though they might have thought things would get a little easier from this moment on, that is not to be as the Serpent Society arrive and manage to capture the two, tying them up while they head below the waves to seek out the Crown. Eventually the heroes get free, thanks to Ben while Stingray lies unconscious and soon the Inhuman named Triton meets up with them so that they might discover just what it is the Society wants with the Serpent Crown so much and if need be, keep it away from them. There are some good scenes moving forward thanks to Perez and Gene Day, the action ramping up significantly as the two factions battle beneath the waves. There is one moment of consequence that plays into the current events of the book as Black Mamba attempts to hypnotise The Thing and she appears to him as Alicia, playing upon the monster’s emotions and for a minute it almost seems to work until he realises just what is happening and breaks free. Aside from that, the Society work extremely well together, though they still end up being defeated by the end of the book though they had indeed discovered that which they sought. Despite doing their best, The Thing and Triton while in the midst of fighting were unable to stop the Crown from escaping and they come to the understanding that their problems are only beginning. Automatically the man Ben originally came with, one Henry Croft, can only sit back and wonder just what is going on, the man feeling essentially useless though he is able to call for help – much good that it does. At the end of the second chapter, Gruenwald and Macchio have told quite a thrilling tale, one that was essentially a race against time, but one that the heroes could do nothing about as they were outnumbered. The pencils that Perez would put down looked as fantastic as always and the story would fly by, the artwork and the script combining perfectly. All that remains now is to find out just where the Crown went, who has it and what they mean to do with it, though one can obviously guess as it heads into its third chapter.

4 out of 5

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