Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #70

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

The seventieth issue of Marvel Two-In-One is a book that sets Ben on his true north, the road back to Alicia Masters, the love of his life and it does so in the simplest of ways with the big galoot opening up about his feelings. Alicia it seems has been waiting for Ben to come back and when he does, she is more than overjoyed. Ben has a plan too, on top of winning back the woman he loves and that is moving her into the Baxter Building with the rest of the Fantastic Four in order that she be protected more than she has thus far. Not surprisingly, she agrees. Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio go for all the feels during the first act of this book, but it was not meant to last as there are a couple of thieves looking to make a score and it just so happens to coincide with the day that Alicia and Ben are moving her stuff back to his place. Some might call it bad news, for Shellshock and Live Wire; they could not have picked a worse day to enact their nefarious scheme. Such as it is, Ben soon picks up on it and it is not long before the bunch of them are involved in a little back and forth action. Macchio and Gruenwald also pepper the latter half of the book with a few laughs and some light humour to keep the pace up and the reader interested. There is a moment when it looks like the villains are going to get away with their plan, but out of the corner of his eye, Ben spots them and makes sure that such is not the case. Drawing it all is Mike Nassar and Gene Day and they do a great job, making it all flow nicely and book looking as good as possible. It might read like a silly little tale, but most of it was in service to Ben’s relationship with Alicia and their new found commitment to each other as it is not every day The Thing asks a woman to move in with him. Also nice to see is that the rest of the Fantastic Four is on board with it as they consider her family. All around, this was a short and quick read, much unlike the previous issue and a good, fun book when all was said and done.

4 out of 5

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