Characters Appearing: Aunt May, Batroc, Brother Inquisitor, Brother Wonderful, Captain America, Falcon, J. Jonah Jameson, Joe 'Robbie' Robertson, Leila Taylor, Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man, Texas Jack Muldoon
Marvel Team-Up #52
Issue(s): Marvel Team-Up #52
Spider-Man is swinging around when he notices one of the monsters coming out of the dimension that Captain America was trapped in during Captain America #201-203.
Captain America, and the band of crazies he was stuck with, soon follow.
Spider-Man tries to tell Captain America about the monster, but Cap is preoccupied by the Falcon's madness...
...and Spider-Man winds up just swinging off.
And that's how it comes to be that the demon teams up with Batroc!
I don't like the depiction of Batroc in this issue. I like my Batroc to be a little more honorable, and less a thief for his own sake than someone who rents out his fighting ability as a mercenary. But in this story, he's out for himself.
I have no problem with him befriending a lost monster, though.
Together, they try to steal some trans-uranium from a SHIELD hovercraft.
Unfortunately, Captain America and Spider-Man show up to ruin their fun.
Batroc is defeated easily enough, but the monster starts glowing and runs away.
This seems to be due to the monster's incompatibility with our world, and not because of the trans-uranium. I hoped the alien being a threat to our world might translate into Batroc teaming up with our heroes, but no dice.
Instead, despite some concern that the creature is just lost and confused...
...Captain America and Spider-Man kill it by blowing up a boat.
Silly fun (as long as we accept that the monster really was a killer, as Spider-Man concludes, and not a confused innocent), and i of course love the integration with Kirby's Captain America as well as the tie-ins with Spider-Man's regular books (see the References below). But it would have been better as a 12 issue series detailing the hijinks of Batroc and his alien monster friend.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This continues from Captain America #203. But this story also takes place after Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #1, which takes place during Amazing Spider-Man #163. So it's wheels within wheels, or at least issues within issues, and i've left some space between Cap #203 and this story. Which is fine because interdimensional teleportation doesn't have to be instantaneous.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Batroc calls the monster "Mon Cheri"?
A subsequent letter criticized the monster's change in appearance between Kirby's Cap and here: he changed color, lost some toes, and could no longer fly.
This issue has excessive Backg-Hunting. And in the panels where Batroc is captured, we get signs saying Kane, Mortimer, Robinson, and Fing(er)--all of whom were guys that did Batman in the Golden Age. No idea why Dave Hunt put those in there...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | February 19, 2015 11:27 AM
The monster looks suspiciously like a redrawn Abomination.
Posted by: Chris | July 7, 2016 5:06 PM
you think after the silly story of Batroc with the fake Stranger they would realise that "Batroc + alien = a bad story."
Posted by: kveto | February 5, 2018 8:32 AM
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