Marvel Two-In-One annual #4
Issue(s): Marvel Two-In-One annual #4
The issue was plotted by Allyn Brodsky, who hasn't done much for Marvel, but it was scripted by David Michelinie, who is generally a good writer. And it has its cute moments.
The Inhumans arrive at the Baxter Building, looking for help with "air quakes" that are battering their homeworld.
This is part of a plot, further developed in Fantastic Four #207, that won't get resolved until Fantastic Four #240. The Fantastic Four aren't home, so Black Bolt heads over to Alicia Master's apartment, and she leads Black Bolt to the DMV where the Thing is renewing his driver's license. At the same time, the Avengers' butler Jarvis is out for a stroll with Judith Parks, the girl that Graviton is in love with. Confusion ensues when Graviton also shows up.
Graviton is having memory problems.
Then he turns into a giant plaid fire demon.
And here's where everything that Graviton ever does, every crime he ever commits, from this point on, becomes Black Bolt's fault. Graviton says:
I... I feel angry. But my mind is clear! Clearer than it's been in months! I can see that this is all my doing - the price I must pay for my greed. You! Black Bolt! Leader of the Inhumans! I offer apology, and ask for -- sactuary! Since I, myself, am no longer human, there is no place for me in this world. But perhaps, with forgiveness -- there can be a place for me in yours!
Black Bolt's response?
(That's a "no" in Inhumanese sign-language, by the way.)
After a big fight...
...during which Black Bolt stops a solar flare from striking the earth...
...Graviton is defeated with the help of an assistant professor of physics with an awesome mustache...
...who suggests that they send Graviton back to the dimension where he's drawing all his power. Graviton leaves repentant still, saying:
Thus I came to this place that symbolizes brotherhood, to issue a warning -- let all those who would control the destiny of others beware! Lest you lose the most valuable prize of all. Your own... immortal... soul!
Poor guy. I don't know why Black Bolt wouldn't help him.
We do learn why no one ever thinks to give Black Bolt a pen and paper so that he can communicate better when Medusa's not around.
And that's the end of the issue. There's no follow-up on the air quakes that brought the Inhumans here in the first place. A note on the lettercol assures us it'll all be taken care of in time, but that's not really true.
As for this issue, it has its moments, and Craig's artwork is enjoyable, but i really don't like the "monster" design for Graviton, nor the fact that he's basically ready to surrender but Black Bolt won't take yes for an answer.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this before FF #204. Definitely takes place before Medusa is captured in FF #207.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAlicia Masters, Black Bolt, Graviton, Jarvis, Judith Parks, Lockjaw, Medusa, Nick Fury, Thing
This was first announced as two issues of the regular title.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 26, 2012 5:10 PM
Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2012 9:27 AM
Besides being initially part of the main book, it was first announced in early 1978.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 8, 2012 8:51 PM
I bet the airquakes were caused by Maelstrom's henchman Helio. Wonder if that was ever confirmed...
Posted by: Thanos6 | June 12, 2015 6:41 PM
Yeah, it was, in Marvel Two-In-One 71-72, which fnord linked to.
Posted by: Michael | June 12, 2015 6:50 PM
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