Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #79

Writer – Tom DeFalco
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Chic Stone
Colours – George Roussos
Letters – Joe Rosen

Tom DeFalco and Ron Wilson begin this issue of Marvel Two-In-One off with a cosmic being named Star-Dancer who is, more than anything else, incredibly lonely. She longs to be with one akin to her as she has no memory of her people or home planet, so long has she been among the stars. To that end she senses something on Earth and it just so happens to be in a small town where Ben and Alicia are vacationing. Call it random or call it bad luck, but no matter where or when Ben Grimm the ever lovin’ blue-eyed Thing goes to get a little bit of rest and relaxation, trouble just seems to find him. In this instance, so too does it strike Alicia when she runs afoul of an incredibly rude art vendor and when Star-Dancer comes to Earth and encases the village in an impenetrable bubble, it is Alicia who takes the blame for being in ‘league’ with the cosmic entity. DeFalco sets everything up perfectly for the book, creating an obstacle for Ben to overcome and a villain who is not so much a villain, merely one not used to the everyday niceties and customs of those much smaller than she. As for the guest star in this book, it is not Star-Dancer nor Alicia but the Blue Diamond whom readers discover is an old man, his prime crime-fighting days long gone when the war was still young. Such as it is though, readers are still treated to his origin and like all old soldiers, they never really stop being one and he realises that old or not, he is going to have to suit up and do something about the menace that faces the town. Wilson draws it all fantastically and it makes this already great tale even better than it was, for not only does it read well and feature characters not often seen in a book of this sort, or any book, but it looks incredible too. As one can probably guess, The Thing will do anything to protect the woman he loves and while things seem a little impossible at first, with the help of the Blue Diamond, they manage to give Star-Dancer pause. Come the end of it all, there is a happy ending to be had by everyone involved including Star-Dancer and while Ben’s vacation might not have been all that he wanted it to be, it was at the very least, quite interesting.

4 out of 5

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