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Marvel Team-Up#117 and Fanfare #2 (1982, May)

August 1, 2013

So I’ve got two comics for today to go through quickly. First, Marvel Team-Up #117, by J.M. DeMatteis and Herb Trimpe. The team-up of Spider-Man and Wolverine, “Scents and Senses!”.

Scents and Senses!

That’s an ugly cover.

Wolverine’s been stalking a deer for an hour, unaware he’s being watched. He manages to sneak up and touch the deer, surprising it. He smiles as it runs away, but then he’s attacked by Roman Centurion with a sci-fi pistol. The Centurion says he’s taking Wolverine in to be punished, and calls reinforcements. He kicks their asses, until he’s taken out by gas.

He wakes up later in an arena. The stands are filled with mannequins, and a speaker system pipes in the sound of cheering crowds. He destroys a robot, then slices open a door. He finds himself in a Roman bacchanal. They’re still robots, so they attack him, splitting into multiple parts to do it.

And that’s when Spider-Man drops in. Wolverine thinks he’s another robot and attacks, but quickly realizes his mistake. They go into another room, with a giant robot. It tells them that a prison is about to be gassed at the same time that a small town is going to be attacked by Centurions. The heroes can save those two places, or they can continue on to fight the guy in charge of the whole set-up. Wolverine destroys the robot, but another one comes out. Spider-Man asks the point. The robot says the master is studying superheroes to see how they react to various stimuli.

Wolverine tells Spider-Man to save the town while he goes after the master. Spider-Man says he’s off to save the prison, forcing Wolverine to save the town. Which was actually a ghost town – another set-up.

It’s not a bad story. Wolverine mostly just cuts stuff; DeMatteis didn’t really try to do much in the way of characterization with him. But that’s not a big deal. He told a reasonably fun story. Not a great one – he had much better – but an OK one.

Marvel Fanfare #2 now, by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, titled “To Sacrifice My Soul. . . .”

To Sacrifice My Soul. . . .

Yeesh. Big spider. Ew.

Ka-Zar and Zabu rescue Tanya from a T-Rex, then take her to meet Karl Lykos. It’s a very sweet reunion. The camp of the Fall People, where Ka-Zar and Lykos are staying, comes under attack. A mutated Angel and Spider-Man are among the attackers. Angel grabs Tanya, while Spider-Man fights the urge to kill Ka-Zar. Tanya wakes up a captive of the Savage Land Mutates, about to be devolved. Ka-Zar and Karl bust in, but too late to stop the device from being activated. Vertigo disorients Ka-Zar and Karl, but Karl gets a shot off that creases her skull, knocking her out. The fight goes badly for the good guys, until Spider-Man’s mind comes to the surface and he kicks some ass. The transformer is destroyed in the process, unfortunately.

Karl sees only one way to save Tanya, Angel and Spider-Man. He absorbs their life forces. In the process, they return to normal, but he turns into Sauron. Sauron leaves. Angel and Spider-Man prepare to leave the Savage Land, but Tanya chooses to stay behind, to help Karl. Angel says he’s going to call in the X-Men.

This feels a little too fast. It just kinda rushes through the story. I suppose I’m just used to the more decompressed style of today, but it feels like two issues crammed into one. It’s still a good story, though, with excellent art from Golden.

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From → 1980s, 1982

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