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Shadows and Light #2: Review

Apr 1998
Lee Weeks, Lee Weeks

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3 stars

Shadows and Light #2 Review by (May 16, 2023)

Review: Thing story: Any story featuring the Eve Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing is entertaining by nature but this one seems to lack a point and a proper ending. Otherwise okay. The Man-Thing tale is beautifully illustrated but I couldn’t follow the story, stretched as it was over many years and often lacking in essential details. The Dr. Strange tale is more of a meditation on his life and career, backed by a wordless story; it’s a clever intro to the character and Starlin makes the thing sing. And the Spidey story is a nice little offering but I couldn’t shake a strong feeling of familiarity. Haven’t we seen this done before? The pattern on Pete’s jacket is quite amusing, though.

Comments: Each story features a preface with brief profiles of the creators. Thing story: Thing compares himself to “Sally Field at the Oscars,” referring to her joy at being honored, “You like me, you really like me!” He also refers to Dr. Timothy Leary, noted for his experimentation with LSD. Spider-Man story: Spidey says, “Say goodnight, Gracie,” the closing joke of THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW; Gracie’s response was always, “Goodnight, Gracie.” He also quotes “I’m late!” from Alice in Wonderland but incorrectly attributes it to the March Hare; it was the White Rabbit, a completely different character, who said it.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Shadows and Light #2 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara

Ben “The Thing” Grimm is test flying a rocket for NASA when it explodes in space, sending the escape pod containing Ben crashing onto a South Pacific island. Ben is blind and amnesiac and is cared for by the natives who can’t decide whether he is a demon or the new king promised by their former ruler Kelmak when he died. He performs heroic deeds for the tribe with his sight and then his memory returning gradually. He discovers that Kelmak was an American serviceman named Kelly McCormack, stranded during the War who never left. Then the rest of the Fantastic Four (Reed Richards, Invisible Woman, Human Torch) arrive, having finally located him and they all go home.

“So Near” 3.5/5
Writer: Marv Wolfman. Art: Liam Sharp. Letters: ?
Synopsis: 1977: Man-Thing roots himself in the Louisiana Bayou and observes what goes on. 1978: A family of deaf-mute albinos hiding in the Bayou is discovered by a mob who tries to wipe them out and a young woman is gang-raped by the men. 1984: An interracial couple, running off to get married, is stranded in the Bayou by car trouble. A lightning strike nearby scares them into running home. 1990: The albinos, enslaved by the local men, escape and are hunted down; the woman raped earlier is drowned in the swamp while her daughter is forced to watch. The child is pursued but Man-Thing’s branches entangle the bad guys and burn them. The girl thanks the swamp monster who finally moves….

“I Am Known as Dr. Strange” 4/5
Writer: Jim Starlin. Art: Jim Starlin. Letters: ?
Synopsis: Doctor Strange meditates on the variety of roles he has played in his life while he battles demonic creatures, driving them away from an elaborate cocoon-like structure. At the end a butterfly emerges from it and Strange adds “midwife” to his list of roles.

“The Date” 3.5/5
Writer: Mark Andreyko. Art: Jill Thompson. Letters: Michael Higgins.
Synopsis: High school student Peter Parker has a date, so he turns down an offer from Liz Allen to join her, Flash Thompson, and the gang for a soda. Outside, he changes into his Spider-Man outfit and swings across the city. He spies an old woman being mugged so he reluctantly nabs the crook and returns the lady’s purse. Then he sees Rhino robbing a bank; again he decides to intervene, clobbering and webbing up the villain for the police. Finally, he arrives at his destination for his big date: accompanying Aunt May on a visit to Uncle Ben’s grave….


Cloak and Dagger by Rick Leonardi and Sandu Florea

Lee Weeks
Lee Weeks
Lee Weeks
Lee Weeks (Cover Penciler)
Lee Weeks (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: ?.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
May Parker
May Parker

(Aunt May)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(Ben Grimm)

Plus: Flash Thompson, Liz Allen (Liz Osborn).

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