Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6

Writer – Doug Moench
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Gene Day
Colours – George Roussos
Letters – Pierre Bernard Jr.

It is a rainy day and Ben Grimm, not having anything to do, is left alone with his thoughts – an activity he usually loathes more than anything else. Thankfully an unexpected visitor in Wyatt Wingfoot arrives with a story packed full of action and myth and it is a tale that relates to current events that troubles him. It seems that there is some problem on the land where Wingfoot and his tribe resides and a pair of brothers have gone missing, one of them quite possibly having gained superpowers in the process, much like the brothers in the ancient story he just told Ben. The Thing is only too happy to help and so off they go, tracking the missing men to the Savage Land, home of Ka-Zar, he himself sometimes called ‘the Savage.’ While this is going on, Ka-Zar himself has come across one of the missing men, now going by the moniker American Eagle and he is definitely not a man to be trifled with now, the powers granted him including exceptional strength. After a bit of a misunderstanding, the two men team up to find the evildoers that have only the worst intentions for the Earth and specifically for the Savage Land which Ka-Zar knows to mean the mining of the Vibranium that rests within. It is not long thereafter that writer Doug Moench and artist Ron Wilson bring all four of the men together to relate each other’s sides of the story and to learn that it is Klaw, the Master of Sound that they face. The Thing for his part is a little befuddled as to how Klaw has once again resurfaced, especially as he was incapacitated at Project Pegasus not too long ago. Suffice it to say, the heroes do indeed track down the bad guys and take the fight to them and Wilson’s artwork which is always wondrous to behold, looks incredible as he brings the various skirmishes to life. On one front, Ben tackles Klaw while Jason Strongbow, now American Eagle, fights his brother Ward – also powered and not a man who was kidnapped as was previously thought, but an active participant in the desecration of the land by the other villains. As for Ka-Zar and Zabu, they tackle the local dinosaurs that Klaw had rounded up and driven into a frenzy with his sonic disruptions. In the end, a new hero is introduced in American Eagle, one designed by Wilson and the good guys win out in this extra-length epic. Out of all the annuals in the series to date, this sixth entry might be the best one yet and is definitely worth seeking out.

4 out of 5

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