Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #84

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

Ranark the Ravager is on the loose, awoken from his centuries-long slumber thanks to a curious Shaman while on retreat with Sasquatch, the two men hailing from the superhero team Alpha Flight. Terrorising as he goes, Ranark is not fond of the world’s technological marvels and is both saddened and angered by what has become of the world he used to know. As he realises that nobody will simply bow down to his rule, he must do so out of fear and so with Winnipeg for a start, he intends to destroy the city so that all might know of his power and know that he is coming. Tom DeFalco and Ron Wilson continue to pen the adventures of Ben Grimm and it finds him sitting, having tea and coffee while discussing what the options might be in dealing with Ranark, all the while thinking of his friend Bill Foster who is currently dying of radiation poisoning. Ben knows that he will have to help the Canadian superheroes before Walter Langkowski can even think to join him back in New York, The Thing and Alpha Flight team up and take the fight to Ranark. Such as it is though, the battle seems a futile one as Ranark is simply far too powerful as the magic he wields provides endless opportunities and solutions to whatever it might be the heroes throw at him. The creators of this book do a good job at creating a truly unbeatable foe, but Ranark has never seen heroes such as those he faces now back in his own time and when they combine their powers and work together, they are formidable indeed. While the villain does everything he can to throw Ben and the rest of the team off of their game like creating an earthquake that threatens to topple buildings, they manage to overcome and defeat the monster before anything else can happen. Jetting back to New York on Ben’s Pogo Plane, Walter tends to Giant Man and the news is not good, for whatever radiation is ravaging Foster’s body, it is a kind that Langkowski has never seen before and that means treating it is going to be out of the question, much less curing it. It is a devastating ending that DeFalco presents to readers, but the story of Bill Foster does not end here and that of course means that DeFalco and Wilson must having something else in store in the upcoming issue. That being said, this was a great book with a fun story and one that featured a strong showing from Canada’s premiere superhero team.

4 out of 5

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