Marvel Comics Presents #21: Paladin and Thing (1989)

It’s moments like this when I wonder what the Hell I’m doing here.  Writing an entire post about an 8-page comedy story about Paladin, a character most people have never heard of, and who will almost definitely never appear on a TV show.

Paladin is a mercenary.  He’s hired to rescue a rich guy’s kidnapped daughter who, it turns out, was a volunteer not a victim—pretending to be kidnapped to get her daddy’s money and use it to protect the environment from her dad’s polluting business practices.

Already this is a more complicated (morally) tale than 8 pages could possibly handle.  And it ends with aliens.

Ambitious and well-written, I think this is the first time I read anything in Marvel Comics Presents that left me wanting more.

And it’s about Paladin!

The second back up on this, on the other hand, is about a major character: Fantastic Four’s Thing.  Ben Grimm had a solo comic created by no less than John Byrne.  So can MCP do an 8-page story that comes close that book?  Probably.  The Thing solo book failed.  But here we go again.  He fights an abusive, super-powered boyfriend to a girl that is friends with Alicia Masters.

Paladin: Scott Lobdell, Ron Wilson.  Grade: B
Thing: Marc McLaurin, Kevin VanHook.  Grade: D

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