Marvel Chillers #4
Issue(s): Marvel Chillers #4
Tigra is hunting down the Rat-Pack...
...and finds that in this instance they were hired by Kraven the Hunter.
Kraven has kidnapped a doctor. When the Rat-Pack try to shoot their way out of getting captured by the police, a young girl is hit in the cross-fire. The doctor is the only one who can perform the surgery to save her life.
Kraven wants the doctor because he has an "experimental psychopromoter response procedure" that can increase Kraven's neural responses, "my speed, my reaction time a thousand-fold". Kraven also interestingly has heard of the Cat-People and wants to learn their secrets from Tigra.
Tigra is able to defeat Kraven...
...but the real conflict is internal, as Tigra has to restrain her animal instinct and not actually kill Kraven.
It's a decently written story, but it seems very wordy, even for Claremont, and of course the coincidence with the doctor is a bit much. There's also a couple of continuity-ish problems, both relating to the same scene:
The first is that the Rat-Pack is meant to be a finite group, so killing three of them in this issue was probably not what Tony Isabella's would have wanted. The second is that Kraven is supposed to be a relatively honorable guy, and not a killer of men. There's complaints in a later lettercol about the latter issue, and Claremont apologizes for the mistake.
I'll also mention, and it's not a problem with this issue specifically, that every time i write "Cat People" i snicker.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: Same deal as issue #3: Marvel Chillers #5 takes place during Avengers #147 (somehow; see the entry for that issue for details). So i've pushed issues #3 and #4 way prior to their publication dates. Yes i know that it actually pushes these issues between Marvel Chillers #1&2, but those are Modred the Mystic stories that don't have any effect on any other books.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Robbins' artwork looks really clean here. There's probably a joke to be made about Vince Colletta erasing the messy parts but it's too easy...
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