Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #77

Writer – Tom DeFalco
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Chic Stone
Colours – George Roussos
Letters – Michael Higgins

When Ben Grimm became the man-monster known as The Thing, some of the activities he once did in life came to a stop, whether due to his inability to do them anymore or simply due to the fact that his life now consists of other things. Suffice it to say; things like football and so forth are now for other people, just like those days when Ben was a test pilot. Lucky for Ben then, that Nick Fury comes knocking on the door and offers him the chance of a lifetime, an opportunity to once more pilot a ship for Uncle Sam, a new experimental plane that can travel up to Mach 6. Though Alicia might have reservations about it and is worried for the man she loves, Ben jumps at the chance to reclaim a piece of the life he thought he would never get back. Written by Tom DeFalco and drawn by Ron Wilson, the book starts out quite strong dramatically and it continues through to the end, but not before a bit of action that sees Ben and the ship spiral out of control before crash-landing in a swamp. It is there that the Man-Thing resides, a creature Ben had previously met and one that takes an interest in The Thing as he stumbles from the crash in the hopes of staying alive long enough for someone to rescue him. It is not often that Ben Grimm of all people needs help and yet, without it he will surely die as the crash took a lot out of him. DeFalco then sends Ben down a road to the past as he starts hallucinating, thinking back on his days in the war with Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos. Wilson brings his artistic talents to bear during this flashback with Ben being as hard-headed as ever, the man not wanting to disappoint Fury during the mission. As for Man-Thing, DeFalco and Wilson have the creature ever-following The Thing where he goes, feeding off of the emotions that seep through the man’s hazy, half-waking wanderings. It is here that things come to a head as Ben is near death and it is only the fear that radiates off of him that saves him, for the Man-Thing’s touch burns with said emotion and it shocks Ben enough that he survives. Altogether a great tale featuring not only a bit of history about the star of the book, but also some great cameos from Man-Thing and Nick Fury as well and ending up one of the best done-in-one tales from the title thus far.

4 out of 5

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