Marvel Two-In-One #42-43
Issue(s): Marvel Two-In-One #42, Marvel Two-In-One #43
This arc introduces the Project Pegasus facility that would serve for many years as a super-villain prison. Its primary purpose is supposed to be energy research but most plots dealing with it focused on the fact that super-powered criminals were kept there for "study" (which sounds a little creepy to me). The facility was created by the Department of Energy which itself was new in 1978.
The story starts with the Thing breaking into the facility because he is looking for Wundarr, who has been taken there. Captain America is also there, and he stops the Thing from going on his rampage.
The tone of the story seems to suggest that the Thing is unreasonably worried, but the truth is the scientists at Pegasus are indeed exploiting Wundarr.
They're trying to use him to re-power the cosmic cube.
In any event it turns out that the base has been infiltrated by Victorius, who is now the leader of a cult called the Entropists. With a name like Entropists, you know they've got to be from a Gerber story.
Victorius steals the cosmic cube and heads to the Everglades so the Man-Thing can get involved.
Fight fight fight against a cosmically powered baddie (Jude the Entropic Man, created by Victorius using the Cosmic Cube and the remains of Yagzan from Giant-Size Man-Thing #1)...
...and then everyone goes home and forgets about the troubling moral issues raised by Project Pegasus.
After everyone else leaves, the Man-Thing briefly touches the crystal that Victorius got himself turned into. It turns his hand human, but Man-Thing doesn't understand or care enough to stick around and cure the rest of him.
Nice art in issue #43 despite the fact that the credits indicate a rush.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP has this after Fantastic Four #201.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (4): show
Captain America, Jude the Entropic Man, Man-Thing, Thing, Tom Lightner, Victorius, Wundarr
The "death" character is actually named Jude and reappears in the Universe X title(but maybe not anywhere else).
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