Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #68

Writer – Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Gene Day
Colours – Glynis Wein
Letters – John Costanza

After breaking up with Alicia, Ben Grimm feels the need to take a little downtime and what better way than going to a disco with his pal Warren Worthington III. Though he may not be having the best of times, it manages to get worse as he and Warren are poisoned and only know as such when they wake up chained against their will in some dungeon-like room. From there, things only get crazier for if they do not escape, they will end up dying thanks to Magneto, or so it seems. Of course, being the heroes that they are and the two of them having at least a little bit of skill between them, they do just that, but soon come to the realisation that the entire castle which they have been abducted to is filled with traps that could kill them in numerous ways. Written by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio, the story is packed not only with danger but a good bit of humour thanks to Ben and a ton of action as the heroes need to be on their game if they are to survive. Eventually it comes to be known that the man behind it all is the Toad, formerly of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and that this is his castle and the aforementioned Magneto just a robot. It seems that Toad is at a crossroads in his life and he does not want to be a villain anymore, much less go back to the Brotherhood or serve under the Master of Magnetism. So it is that Angel and The Thing help the guy out and they transform his castle of death into a carnival of sorts, something that will help Toad turn that new leaf and hopefully it will be something that sticks. For a self-contained tale, Macchio and Gruenwald do an excellent job and the book flies by in no time at all. Ron Wilson’s artwork is as good as ever and suits the star of the book perhaps more than any other who has graced the series thus far. All in all, a truly fun tale that painted The Thing and his compatriot in the best of lights.

3.5 out of 5

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