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