Saturday, October 20, 2018

Final Thoughts [6]
Marvel Two-In-One (#1-10) by Chip Zdarsky

Marvel Two-In-One (#1-10) by Chip Zdarsky, Jim Cheung (Illustrator)
THE FOUR ARE NO MORE, SO TWO MUST DO! Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It's the Marvel Universe reunion you've all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm? 

There were times when I really enjoyed reading Marvel Two-In-One, and times when I almost gave up on the series. It dragged a little in the middle, but I enjoyed their adventures through the multiverse. Ben and Johnny encountered different versions of themselves, and it's always fun to see how things might have been.

I wish Ben had been honest from the beginning, but I can understand why he kept the truth from his friend. Johnny was in a dark place after his sister and Reed disappeared (also his niece and nephew), but I think he would have welcomed facts over hope.

Dr. Doom was in this at the beginning, but it was weird. There was also a woman, but I can't even remember her name. She was looking for something or someone, and then she disappears. Doom vanished with her, and those two characters were never mentioned again. It was weird since they seemed to be an integral part of the story (until they weren't). Ben and Johnny were also stranded without them, in a time and place they didn't belong.

If you've never encountered an evil version of Spider-Man, consider yourself lucky. The Peter Parker they stumbled across was nobody's hero, and he really creeped me out. I am curious how he became this particular version of himself, because the guy was insane.

I've always thought of Ben as a gentle giant, and love that he's comfortable with his rock form. He accepted his new appearance after the initial shock, and he's done a lot of good with his powers. Johnny still teases him, but they're practically family. I enjoyed watching the two of them together without Reed and Sue around to act as buffers. They had to rely solely on each other. 

In the end, I'm happy I kept reading this series. The middle was a little iffy, but the end really brought things together for the two main characters. I wish there hadn't been as many loose ends, and that more had been explained, but I believe they are setting up another comic (The new Fantastic Four, I think!). Everything in Marvel seems to be connected in one way or another.

After spending some time with Google: The "Next of Kin" concluded with issue 10, but I believe there are supposed to be two more issues in the overall series. I'm really not sure... comics can occasionally be really confusing. Maybe those loose ends will turn into a pretty little bow, and I'll get a few more explanations!


  1. Wow that's quite the cover gallery! Almost looks old school. :) I like it when they sue the classic title fonts like that...

    Weird about Dr. Doom though.

    1. I've really enjoyed the artwork for this series! I'm not sure where Doom and the other woman went, but Doom's motives were a mystery for awhile. Then he had to fight a version of himself, and we learn a little more about his history. I think this is when he's trying to Iron Man, or pretending to be. I can't remember that part. He seems to be a very conflicted person.

  2. That sounds like a very weird Spider Man....I now consider myself lucky for never meeting a evil Peter Parker

    1. You should read more comics! Peter Parker sacrifices a lot to be Spider-Man, and villains have done some pretty terrible things to him. He's been cloned before, which produced an evil version of himself.

  3. When I watched the movies, The Thing was always my favorite.

    1. I love that Johnny Storm and Captain America are played by the same person! They have two completely different personalities.


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