Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #93

Writer – Tom DeFalco
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – D. Hands
Colours – George Roussos
Letters – Joe Rosen

Ron Wilson and Tom DeFalco had left the previous issue off on a cliff-hanger that would see The Thing, now hypnotised by Ultron, ready to attack Machine Man. That comes to pass beginning on the very first page and continues on with Machine Man doing what he can to defend himself. That being said, his leg is mangled thanks to the villain and it all comes down to a last desperate act which thankfully works. DeFalco and Wilson keep up the excitement though as Machine Man must now make his way past Ultron and escape with the dazed Jocasta to safety. What is most interesting about this issue on the whole is that The Thing takes a backseat to most of what is going on, what with him being mesmerised and all and instead, Machine Man takes the spotlight. Still, DeFalco writes a cracker of a book as the robot hero goes for help to repair his leg, which ultimately fails, all the while consoling Jocasta who is both out of sorts and incredibly ashamed for what she has made happen. Ultron for his part is not going to stop with just his own resurrection though and intends to raise an army modeled after himself and with the help of the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, that goal seems more than attainable. Of course, the creators of this book are not going to stop the action after serving up a bit of melodrama and Machine Man takes the fight back to Ultron at the Statue of Liberty where the villain’s secret base is located. The battle is a tough one, especially as he faces not only Ultron, but The Thing as well and in a moment where he finds himself preoccupied, Jocasta decides to fix the problem she created. It is a bit of a sad moment that DeFalco pens as Jocasta decides to sacrifice her life by creating an explosion, but as Ultron is made of adamantium, it does nothing and only serves to end her own life. Machine Man, only knowing Jocasta for a short time, is devastated and finally manages to put Ultron down by destroying the monster’s insides – that being vulnerable despite his indestructible shell. While Ben had come to a few moments previous, this was Machine Man’s show and he proved to be the hero of the day, despite the tragedy the book ended on.

4 out of 5

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