Issue(s): Thing #16, Thing #17, Thing #18
This is basically another fantasy adventure story, heavy on the metaphor. The main point is that the Thing keeps getting separated from Tarianna.
First, he gets sucked into a crevice in the Earth, where he is prevented by orange skinned rock monsters from leaving. He's unable to shift back into human form while he's around the monsters. It doesn't get any more symbolic than that, folks.
Then an evil wizard kidnaps Tarianna and blinds the Thing, so he has to blindly scour the planet looking for her. Meanwhile the wizard has transformed her into a monstrous warrior, so when the Thing regains his sight, he attacks her.
Then the Thing and a restored Tarianna find an orphaned baby that they have to get to a city, allowing Ben to contemplate domestic tranquility.
They tame and ride unicorns to get to the city. Unicorns make everything more awesome.
Tarianna is again taken away at the end of this story, swept away from some "Annihilus rejects" (Ben's words) under the control of the Wizard.
When he gets to the city it turns out that the baby is the king.
The name of the city in issue #18 is called Muab, a tribute to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wizard of Oz.
Yeah yeah, but what's going on with Llrrllllnnllyyrrl?
The "Lady" in the above scenes is the aunt of the baby that the Thing returns to the city. I don't really approve of my Llrrllllnnllyyrrl plots crossing over with my main plot.
Ben's beard is coming in nicely.
Anyway, John Byrne will be writing this book again starting next issue.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The titles to #16 and #18 may refer to current songs by, respectively, the Fixx and Hall & Oates.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | October 9, 2011 7:04 PM
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