Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #81

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

Namor, the Sub-Mariner, deciding that he needs a break from the day-to-day of ruling the kingdom of Atlantis, decides to head to the city of New York for a little downtime and to connect with those he once called friend when he wandered its streets with no memory – the homeless. Something is happening to those people without home or hearth though and it is something that comes to the attention of Ben Grimm as well as he wanders with his thoughts, feeling a little down on himself. While Ben is a man in love, he cannot help but feel a little guilty about Alicia moving into her own apartment again, perhaps because of the danger that living in the Baxter Building attracts. Suffice it to say, Tom DeFalco and Ron Wilson bring the two heroes together after each is attacked, Namor by some of those he looked to reconnect with and The Thing by a killer robot. It is there, in the lair of M.O.D.O.K. that the two meet, surrounded by A.I.M. agents and more androids than the two could possibly hope to overcome. One thing that the villains did not count upon though is that Ben Grimm is a force to be reckoned with when he is angered and of course, that is exactly what he is at the moment and neither did they think that they would be facing off against the King of Atlantis either. It is discovered just before the battle breaks out, because there has to be a battle between the forces of good and evil, that M.O.D.O.K. has been kidnapping the homeless in order to use them for his experiments, particularly the testing of his new virus. So it is that Wilson brings his talents to bear and draws a spectacular fight worthy of any that has appeared previously in the book and when it is over and the heroes are left standing, two things of note happen. The first being that Namor, now that he is restored and known for who and what he is, is rebuffed by those he came to find and secondly, The Thing has been infected by the virus and without a cure, he is surely going to die. It is not something Ben Grimm looks forward to, especially as he has a lot of living yet to do, but DeFalco and Wilson leave it on a cliff-hanger and only the next issue in the series will let readers know what happens next. An excellent book in every sense of the word.

4 out of 5

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