by Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
As I read Marvel Two-In-One #2 I realized that I’ve never read a Fantastic Four comic before, which is surprising given how much I love Marvel and their universe. But when I consider it, a Fantastic Four comic is actually somewhat of rarity. It’s been published on and off now for awhile, with its last issue coming out in 2015. This probably has something to do with the Fantastic Four movies, which have done more harm than good to the franchise with their general terribleness. I was prepared for anything in this issue and I’m happy to say I liked it, given the way it hearkens to the roots the series is steeped in (I think).
Ben Grimm, a.k.a. the Thing, has lied to his friend and comrade Johnny Storm about the death of Reed Richards and Sue. He’s told the Human Torch that they aren’t dead, but simply in an alternate dimension. With this lie told, Ben and Johnny set off for Monster Island to find a device that will help them track down their supposedly lost friends. It’s here that Ben and Johnny come face to face with ghosts, or perhaps more accurately monsters, of times past.
Waiting to attack the heroes are multiple goblins, a bizarro version of the Thing, an overweight wizard, and something that resembles a boulder crossed with a large mouth bass. Having not read any Fantastic Four comic before, I have no idea who or what these creatures are, but they definitely have that Silver Age aura to them. They all seem kitchy and the product of an earlier, simpler time in comics. For better or for worse, that’s what I associate the Fantastic Four with and the appearance of these monsters, on Monster Island no less, just seems to ring true for a comic about the Human Torch and the Thing.
I’m totally aware that my assumptions could be wrong and I’m sure all of these monsters have a long and glorious backstory that more well-read Fantastic Four readers could tell me about. However, that seems beside the point in this case. This is kind of a retro issue and the creators of it seem to recognize that. By grounding this issue in its roots, the writers have established something fun.
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