Posted - November 11, 2015

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Marvel Two-In-One No. 5
Seven Against the Empire

Marvel Two-In-One 5

During the Badoon 'interrogation' the Thing manages to wake up.

The Thing wakes up and pummels the Monster of Badoon

Considering what happened the last time, I'm not very hopeful about that punch.

The Monster of Badoon topples on a piece of machinery after being hit by the Thing

The truth is, it would not have been very effective against the Monster but fate loves the Thing, the monster falls on the interrogation machine and gets electrocuted. Not enough to stop it but the Hulk wannabe is out of the picture for now. Once again, the fight is on and once again the Thing shows us what it means to be the team strong man.

The Thing repels the Zoms

Here's another wonderful display.

The Thing throws a vehicle at his foes

The Captain won't be left out.

Captain America launches against the Badoon

It's clear that one of Captain America's advantages is his speed.

This fight inside the Badoon "throne room" and the fight outside in New York City is enough to get attention both from the Badoons and the humans outside - including the Resistance. And including this timeline's rebel heroes: The Guardians of the Galaxy.

The original Guardians of the Galaxy

Love this panel. In one panel we get a visual on all the Guardians (well, not all really, Nikki is missing for some reason) and we get capsule introductions to each. Just wonderful. This panel has answers alright but it also raises questions. Questions like: Who are these guys? I thought it would be the Guardians of the Galaxy? Like you, I loved the movie and if you pick up comics these days you'll read about Starlord, Groot, Rocket and all the other Guardians. So who are these guys? These guys are the original Guardians of the Galaxy - the first team to bear the name.

And just like that. Reinforcements:

The Guardians of the Galaxy to the rescue

With this added firepower(and the Monster of Badoon still conked out) the "team from old Earth" manages to finish the fight. Panels are pretty 'meh' so nothing to show you really. Introductions are given after the fight, none more heartbreaking than that from Vance Astro.

Vance Astro's history part the first
Vance Astro's history part the second

I don't know which is more tragic the enormity of being overtaken by more advanced technology rendering his trip moot or his state of being a "living captive" of his suit. Talk about hard luck hero.

With a battle won in the streets of New York, an assault on the palace is the next move. For the Thing it's a rematch with the Monster. That damn monster is too tough - how was it created? - so it's bound to end the same unless Ben gets lucky. Or, gets help. And that is exactly what happens.

The Thing and Charlie-27 take out the Monster of Badoon

With both the Thing and Charlie-27, the job finally gets done. But the battle goes on in the palace and here's a great full-page spread of that.

The fight at the Badoon palace

The battle of New York is won but the battle for the rest of the world must yet be fought. It is a job left to the Guardians and there allies as the 20th century team must return back in time in twenty-four hours or face being stranded in the future at which point an entire Marvel event will have to be created just to rescue them- and we can't have that.

The Thing, Captain America, and company return back to 1974

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