Marvel Two-in-One #53: The Inner War!
Writer: Gruenwald / Macchio
Letterer: D. Albers
Colorist: B. Sharen
Editor: R. Stern
The Guest Star:
Deathlok; Dr. Thomas Lightner
The Set Up:
Ben has come back to Project Pegasus, taking a security position there so as to be able to check up on Wundarr, his former ward. After going through a huge raft of security procedures, he meets the new head of security (Quasar) in the traditional superhero manner- there's a misunderstanding and the two get into a fight. The two are soon on good terms, and Ben is taken to visit Wundarr, who is cattonic and exhibiting strange energy dampening powers.
Meanwhile, a couple odd things are going on- we see Dr. Thomas Lightner reporting to the "Nth Comman" about the goings on at Pegasus, and we get a subplot of Thundra being introduced to the world of professional wrestling. A little later, we watch as Lightner dismantles some security protocols, letting in next issue's guest star... Deathlok.
Wow! Two mentions of Petunia in one issue!
Page 3, panel 4, as Ben is being photographed by security: "Well, save an 8 x 10 glossy for my Aunt Petunia."
Page 15, panel 4. After meeting Dr. Thomas Lightner again, and getting something akin to the cold shoulder, Ben thinks to himself "Research, huh? If that's all he's been doin', I ain't got an aunt named Petunia."
Things of Interest:
|This is part one of the six-part Project Pegasus saga, which runs from MTIO 53 to MTIO 58. All six issues (plus issue 60) were reprinted in 1988 in trade paperback as The Project Pegasus Saga, which is unfortunately long out of print. It turns up only rarely on EBay, and I haven't seen it anywhere else in years. However, in early 2010 all six issues, plus MTIO 42 and 43, were reprinted as the 37th in the hardback Marvel Premiere Classics line.|