Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #92

Writer – Tom DeFalco
Artist – Ron Wilson
Colours – Don Warfield
Letters – Don Rosen

The Thing is making his way home from Egypt and not without a bit of lighthearted comedy courtesy of Tom DeFalco who returns to pen this issue’s story. Also returning is Ron Wilson and together, he and DeFalco bring not only Ben Grimm to the Baxter Building, but Jocasta, lately of the Avengers and now, alone and looking for help. Due to a downsizing of the number of active members on the Avengers roster, Jocasta has found herself without friends, or so she thinks, and has sought out the Fantastic Four because her circuitry has been damaged somehow and she is feeling pains within. DeFalco goes into a bit of her history, retelling her origins and how Ultron created her to be his bride, but Jocasta rebelling and wanting to go her own way, much like the Bride of Frankenstein. Despite seeking help, before it can begin, Jocasta feels a strange pulling and goes berserk at one of Alicia’s art shows. Smashing through a wall, she takes off and it comes as no surprise due to the cover of this book that she heads towards her old master, some latent programming taking hold and forcing her to do things against her will. What those things are take the shape of creating a series of events that will free Ultron from his adamantium prison and when it is all said and done, the villain stands free, a testament to Hank Pym’s genius. As for how The Thing factors into all of this, he was currently filing a claim for the plane that was destroyed by the Sphinx last issue with none other than Aaron Stack, Machine Man. Intrigued by what is going on, especially at the mention of Jocasta, Machine Man follows Ben to where she and Ultron currently are and though it would be highly predictable, a battle takes place, first between Ultron and Machine Man and then with Ben who comes crashing in and who seems more than a match for the monster. As with many things in this title though and having to do with The Thing, not all is well that ends well and DeFalco and Wilson leave it on a cliff-hanger with Machine Man on the outs and The Thing being mind-controlled by Ultron. This was a fun issue on the whole, packed with action and some humorous moments and guest stars galore making it a truly good read.

4 out of 5

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