Characters Appearing: Alicia Masters, Deathlok (alt. Luther Manning), Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Nick Fury, Piranha, Sub-Mariner, Thing
Marvel Two-In-One #28
Issue(s): Marvel Two-In-One #28
This issue begins with Reed Richards trying to figure out how to revive the poor cyborg corpse.
Reed sure is using his stretching powers to make it seem like he's been working out in that panel above. Wonder who he's trying to impress.
With Reed's failure to save Deathlok, Nick Fury says that's three strikes, since SHIELD's scientists and Tony Stark have also been unable to figure it out. That leaves the Fixer, who claims that he's the only one who can restore Deathlok. But Mr. Fantastic remembers a Professor Louis Kort, London's foremost specialist in both cybernetics and bio-genetics.
So the Thing offers to fly Deathlok to Dr. Kort in Reed Richards' "new Sling-Jet" which should have him there before dinner time. Alicia goes with the Thing, with the idea that they'll turn the trip to England into a little vacation. I guess one of the nice things about being blind is that you can pretend that there isn't a dying animated corpse-man in the backseat while you're cruising with your boyfriend (i'm assuming Reed's got a fancy air filtration system in his Sling-Jet that takes care of the smell; either that or there's a lot of little cardboard pine trees hanging off the mirror).
Meanwhile, the Sub-Mariner is celebrating having recently been freed from imprisonment by Dr. Doom by going in for a swim, but he's attacked by the Piranha.
But Namor doesn't have time for that noise, so he straight up murders the Piranha and returns to his pleasant swim, not realizing that there's a second Piranha lurking behind a reef.
Namor's swim takes him into the path of the Sling-Jet, and Namor is in such a good mood after killing off a very silly looking villain that he actually stops to say hello!
That's when the second Piranha attacks. Namor is pulled under the sea, and the Thing has half a mind to just keep heading to England and ignore all of this nonsense, but Alicia convinces him to get out and help. So the Thing pops some water-breathing pills and off he goes.
I'm no super-scientist, but i figure a "Sling-Jet" gets its speed from the fact that it is shot out of a giant sling of some sort. Again, i apologize for not getting into the technical details. But i see that the Thing is able to land the jet on the water here, and i guess he'll be able to launch it again when this is all over. But probably at a lower speed, so maybe the Thing and Alicia don't get to London by dinner time after all.
Namor and the Thing wind up getting attacked by multiple Piranhas and get taken captive.
And Alicia becomes a hostage as well, as per her contractual obligation.
And then we learn why there's more than one Piranha. In his last appearance, the villain was seemingly killed when a horde of actual piranhas attacked him. But it turns out that instead of killing them, each one of them got turned into a Piranha clone.
Since then, the Piranha has been hanging out with his clone brothers, kidnapping passing sailors and making them fight. The Thing sadly immediately goes along with the "fight" idea.
It's really sad when the temperamental Sub-Mariner is your voice of reason in a story.
Eventually Namor convinces the Thing to change tactics and fake-fight their way into taking out the Piranha.
The castle that they were fighting in crumbles around them, supposedly killing all the Piranhas.
The Deathlok situation obviously doesn't really count as a continuing story so much as a way to tie issues together (and that causes its own continuity problems since the FF book also had long ongoing continued stories at this time; note that this issue is placed half a year prior to publication date), but the fact that Alicia goes on the trip will allow for a few nice character moments for her and the Thing, which is the sort of thing you'd like to see in the Thing's "solo" book. In fact, in one of the issues during this trip, she'll even get a whole issue devoted to her (heh, heh).
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: See the Considerations section for Fantastic Four #176; this takes place during that issue. The Thing next appears in Marvel Two-In-One #29, having arrived in England to bring Deathlok to Dr. Kort. Namor is "free" from Doom here, placing this at least after Super-Villain Team-Up #9. His people are said to still be comatose, placing this before Super-Villain Team-Up #13.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
The next time the Pirahna shows up, there's only of him again. Maybe only one of the Pirahnas survived?
Posted by: Michael | February 20, 2015 7:37 PM
I'd like to think he's like a reverse zombie: any fish that bites him becomes the Piranha.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 21, 2015 11:46 AM
Are you sure that's an AIR-breathing pill the Thing's popping?
Posted by: Stephen | February 21, 2015 2:03 PM
Fair enough! Changed it.
Posted by: fnord12 | February 21, 2015 2:39 PM
On page 9, the 3 panels in the bottom right corner appear to be out of order. That makes issue #5 so far...
Posted by: Mark Drummond | March 12, 2016 2:45 PM
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