Characters Appearing: Doc Benson, Speedball
Marvel Comics Presents #85 (Speedball)
Issue(s): Marvel Comics Presents #85 (Speedball story only)
This one is by Scott Lobdell, so it unsurprisingly goes the comedic route.
That title is no joke. Well, i mean, it is a joke, but Lobdell really commits to the joke.
Dude in the really rad armor was an exchange student named Edgar Marlopolis from "the island of Trepica"...
...but he's really come to America to steal Doc Benson's experimental armor. The armor winds up splitting Dude into four bodies.
The Deep and Meaningful Soul Dude can displace a person's soul...
...so Speedball tricks it into crashing into Armor dude, which knocks him down and... the end?
Forget everything i said about the creative team maybe trying to show that a non-Ditko version of the character might work better. Ron Wilson, of all people, is doing everything he can to mimic Ditko. Scott Lobdell's humor at the expense of the bad guy's bad English is funny for a few panels, but the story is still as loopy and pointless as any Ditko Speedball story.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Speedball mentions being a New Warrior, so this might as well go in the present day.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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