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Marvel Two-In-One #7: Review

Jan 1975
Steve Gerber, George Tuska

Story Name:

Name That Doom!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Marvel Two-In-One #7 Review by (February 23, 2021)

Review: And now we get the next step in figuring out Val/Barbara’s identity but a couple of Thor’s villains show up to derail the story and, tossing in the end of the world (why a New York City wino’s destiny is to destroy the world is never addressed and sometimes we’re better off not knowing), we don’t really learn too much. But that’s okay as her story really belongs in THE DEFENDERS, which for now is her “own” book and that’s where we go next. See you there.

Comments: Part two of three parts. Title is a pun on the musical game show NAME THAT TUNE. Nick Cromer, whose destiny was forgotten last issue, is now included with Duff Coogan’s adventure as though the two were together for the big giant-rat climax.  





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Two-In-One #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Homeless alcoholic Alvin Denton is sitting in the park when he is snatched up by Valkyrie riding Aragorn and they vanish….

Doctor Strange and the Thing look into the Crystal of Agamotto in search of Valkyrie but the device shows her in Cobbler’s Roost, Vermont, not Manhattan. Strange explains to Ben how Val is a person without an identity, occupying the body of a woman named Barbara. Strange sends Ben to Vermont to find her while he goes in search of the old man from the subway (Alvin Denton)….

Ben flies to Vermont but when he stops to ask directions at a gas station he is attacked by the attendant who is revealed to be the Asgardian villain known as the Executioner. Amora the Enchantress (usually not far from the Executioner) blasts Ben with a hex and knocks him cold. She puts him with the captive Denton, revealing that she was in disguise as Valkyrie to obtain the harmonica last issue and kidnap Denton in this one. They must wait for destiny to work itself out before they can use the harmonica to take over Asgard. She removes her magic influence from the two men and they wake up in the middle of a wood. Dr. Strange’s astral form finds them there and Strange wants them to return to New York to face the Asgardian villains; instead, Ben, acting from intuition, takes Denton to Cobbler’s Roost, Vermont. On the way, Alvin Denton recounts his sad story: he was a successful lawyer until his wife died and his world fell apart; his daughter helped him through it but then she and her husband Jack became involved with a cult and disappeared. When they land, Denton spots his daughter: Val, disguised as a mortal. She resumes her Valkyrie form, unsure who this man is who claims he is her father. Enchantress and Executioner also show up and Amora changes Val back into Barbara who was insane the last time she was seen (DEFENDERS #3). Amora prepares to blow the harmonica but Denton snatches it from her and plays it—and the world is destroyed. The combatants find themselves floating in a storm of debris and fighting over the instrument. Barbara becomes Valkyrie and she and Thing fight Amora and Skurge; the good guys defeat the bad guys and Ben blows the harmonica and everything is set right. But Alvin Denton is dead and Val despairs as he was the only person who knew of her past….

Story continues in THE DEFENDERS #20.



George Tuska
Mike Esposito
Petra Goldberg
John Romita (Cover Penciler)
John Romita (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Art Simek.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Executioner
Executioner

(Skurge)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
Valkyrie
Valkyrie

(Brunnhilda)



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