Posted - September 25, 2016
The Thing Marvel Two-In-One 36 to 38:
Surprising, yes, but this happens. It's called self-pity or fatalism and is very revealing of the psyche of the man-monster Ben Grimm has become. The fear of being a monster, no, the tragedy of being a monster, has always weighed heavily on Ben Grimm. He used to be a college jock and hotshot test pilot. Suddenly he's huge, monstrous and a freak. He's been holding it in but when an unexpected bad day happens it all just comes out. Just like it does for most of us some of the time. It's also a reminder that the Thing is one of Marvel's outsiders. He just covers it up a lot with his wise cracking.
Remember, in the adventure with Tigra when Ben unlocked a door in the Baxter Building using his fingerprint and I commented that the Thing doesn't have fingerprints? Well, here the cops are taking down his prints as part of their procedure.
Well, the Thing does have fingerprints after all, just very unique ones - which serves the purpose exactly. Well, no not quite, since the Thing's fingerprints could probably be forged using a carefully selected piece of gravel.
Then the mug shot, to be followed by the out-and-out ridiculous lineup identification:
Matthew Murdock is Ben's lawyer and his strategy is simple. Get character witnesses to Thing's heroic day-to-day activities and appeal that all charges be dropped.
Unfortunately, the prosecutor makes an excellent case.
He's right, we're not talking about the past, we are talking about recent acts of property destruction. and yes, you're still reading Marvel Two-In-One not Gotham Central.
Another witness is called and this one refers to the past (stupidly negating the prosecutor's line of reasoning). A lot of references are made to property destruction done by the Thing that have been chronicled in the pages of Fantastic Four when the FF were battling the likes of the Hulk and Silver Surfer.
And, of course, the all-important detail about who's going to pay for all this?
Everybody's embroiled in the details but I'm impressed about how Matt can make an appraisal of the 'long view' or strategic view of this proceedings.
Matt is able to grasp the underlying problem and that it does not seem to have a quick solution.
Just like in real life, the times when you have to wait seems to be the hardest times of all.
Just as the jury agrees that Ben must stand for trial the mysterious "stinging" starts up again with violent results.
Daredevil is able to sense more about this courtesy of his heightened senses.
With his whole courtroom wrecked, lets empathize with the judge as he loses his impartiality.
Well the entire story has been virtually in court. I enjoyed it but I pity the youngster who bought this looking for some action. Looks like we'll be getting it next issue because next up is still Matt but this time as Daredevil!
Here's the front page of the Daily Bugle.
The Thing has a point, it is a news item but to make it into a front page headline? It seems Jameson's enmity towards Spider-Man can spill over to other heroes.
I know you're angry Matt but did you have to break the phone?
Last issue it was full-on Matt Murdock but, as promised, Matt changes to his alter ego. Here are two panels that show his awesome senses.
The first panel shoeing the cityscape and the moon behind DD is quite nice - I just wish he was facing front.
Daredevil's power can be pretty subtle so I really appreciate writing that shows it to best effect. Like these two panels here.
Now Alex Stone was introduced last issue as the guy who was really pushing to put Grimm behind bars. The guy is drawn pretty buff, not really looking like one among the crowd of New Yorkers. Now we know why.
Looks like Stone was inspired by Silvester Stallone - just look at that face.
Okay, Stone has super-strength.
The Alex Stone and Daredevil fight does not go well for DD. But there is one good panel, just one, where DD dishes it out in style.
Look at this.
Daredevil is trapped in a car underneath the river. In future days this will happen to him again, shown in the pages of Daredevil Born Again>.
Matt tells the Tbing about all that has transpired and it's enough to snap Ben out of the pity party he's been in since last issue. It happens doesn't it? You're feeling depressed but once you get moving, working on you're problem, just the act of working it can radically change your mood for the better.
In a hilarious turn, the guy whom the Thing chooses to ask about Stone is the very same guy Daredevil 'interrogated'.
Somebody needs a bar.
Aw, this is a rare sight.
Ben Grimm's Punisher face.
The thugs directions leads the Thing into an uderground lair. Love the display of strength against steel double doors.
At first we don't know what the Thing is up against.
But judging by that fist it's big.
Nicely designed villain and beautiful Sunday punch from Ben.
One should have been enough but looks like a there's a small army.
Even more unfortunate Ben admits that the entire group together rivals him in strength. And who's army is it? The villain reveals himself.
The Mad Thinker.
Well the Thinker begins ranting and proves that he is indeed the Mad Thinker. The guy actually wants to master the element of chance - talk about mission impossible. Well not for the Thinker, he thinks he has the solution but needs Daredevil's unique abilities to pull it off. In order to force DD to think his way the Thinker threatens the life of the Thing. And on this cliffhanger the issue ends.