Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #98

Writer – David Michelinie
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Frank Giacoia
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Diana Albers

In a story co-starring Franklin Richards, it finds Ben Grimm a little out of his element so it is a good thing he has his nephew to help him out. It all begins in an arcade where Franklin proves to be quite good at playing video games. Fast-forward to the Baxter Building where a man who has just created one is looking for Reed Richards. With Reed absent, Ben takes it upon himself to perhaps look a little cool in Franklin’s eyes and so when they fire it up, they get beamed across the universe where some aliens need help in saving their planet from a threat that looks like the video game come to life. David Michelinie and Ron Wilson craft a frivolous, but fun tale that maybe means little in the long run, but provides readers with a spot of entertainment. So it is that The Thing and Dr. Niven must somehow stop the Grungy Gobbler from devouring everything in its path as nothing is safe before it. It is essentially a race against time and with the combined might of everyone present, it seems like they are getting nowhere. No matter how many times Ben smashes or Dr. Niven outsmarts the Gobbler and its minions, it continues to persist and fails to stop. Michelinie and Wilson do not make it all that hopeless though as they soon introduce the method in which the monster can be defeated and with a little further teamwork from the heroes, the threat is soon ended. By the time the book is wrapped up, Ben is no better at video games than when it started, but at least Franklin is safe at home and all is well that ends well.

3 out of 5

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