Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #69

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

The Thing is spending a little quality time with his family, that being Sue and Franklin, when he receives a visit from Starhawk in the middle of his breakfast. it seems that Vance Astro has taken off so that he might contact his younger self in order that he might avoid the same fate as the current, senior version of himself – having spent a thousand years in stasis while all of his friends and family are long dead and Astro, eternally lonely. Ralph Macchio and Mark Gruenwald who write this tale think it a good idea, but Starhawk and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy think it a bad idea as it could have unknown consequences, quite possibly disastrous in nature. So it is that Ben and the rest of the Fantastic Four agree to look into the matter, not knowing that at that very moment, past and future-present versions of Vance Astro are already meeting. One thing that his immediately noticeable in this particular issue is the amount of dialogue present, dialogue that remains heavy until the last page is reached and though it ends up being a good read, it is a bit of slog to get through, weighing down various points of the tale which perhaps did not need as much narrative as was present. Couple that with there being little action, which was understandably not warranted or needed as this was a different type of story that Gruenwald and Macchio were telling, and it might be the longest issue of Marvel Two-In-One yet without there being any extra pages. That being said, it is interesting to see the tribulations that the older Astro is going through, with him actually being able to do something about his past whereas most people never get the chance to go back and change things. It is evident that the Guardians care for their teammate, what with them going after him and they only do so in order that the timeline be protected among other things. When all is said and done though, everyone fails in their mission except for Astro who does indeed get through to his younger self, though whether he succeeded in his argument is something that is never shown, something for a future storyline whether in this book or another. Altogether, this was a fun story but one that could have been a bit more concise in the telling.

3.5 out of 5

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    • I’ve always had a fondness for the original version and Gunn lifted his team from the comics written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, books that were fare more serious in nature than the films and some of the best cosmic material ever put down on paper in the Marvel Universe.

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