Marvel Two-in-One #56: The Deadlier of the Species!

Writer: Gruenwald / Macchio
Penciller: Perez
Inker: Day
Letterer: Watanabe
Colorist: Sharen
Editor: Stern

The Guest Star:

The Villain:
      Thundra; Dr. Thomas Lightner; The Grapplers: Titania (I), Letha, Poundcakes, Screaming Mimi

Guest Shots:
      Quasar; Giant-Man; Wundarr

The Set Up:
      We start with Thundra and the Grapplers breaking in to Project Pegasus. We learn that she's been offered a mysterious "reward that could mean the world to her" if she breaks in to Pegasus with the four Grapplers and places a mysterious package in a certain place. They succeed in short order, at which point the four Grapplers break away on their own missions, to Thundra's surprise.
     Elsewhere, Ben is talking to the still-comatose Wundarr. After a guilt-ridden Ben leaves, we see the "comatose" and "childlike" Wundarr lift up and say "Ben-- I understand." Ben runs into Thundra (who is only trying to leave quietly) in no time, and a fight breaks out. Elsewhere, security alarms go off and Quasar ends up fighting Letha and Screaming Mimi, while Giant-Man (who now has Project Pegasus security credentials) ends on the verge of being thrown into a furnace by Poundcakes and Titania...

Clobberin' Time?:
      Page 10, panel 7. To Thundra: "Awright, ya great big bundle'a laughs- ya went an' got ol' Benjy all riled up fer nothin'! It's Clobberin' Time!"

Petunia's Patch:
      Page 30, panel 4. After Thundra just compared Ben's fighting skill to that of a gorilla: "Now ya went too far, sweetcheeks. Even my dainty Aunt Petunia never compared me to an ape- an' she could'a made you look bad in a free-fer-all.

Things of Interest:
      This is part four 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. As the first _major_ appearance of Screaming Mimi, this particular issue was also reprinted in its entirety (along with one page from issue 54) in the 1998 Thunderbolts: Marvel's Most Wanted trade paperback.
     Thundra is an extra-dimensional, a woman from the world of Femizon, who came to Earth presumably to find the most powerful male to serve as her mate. She's faced off with Ben in the pages of the Fantastic Four many times since her first appearance in FF 129.
     He's ba-aaack. Yes, the letters page has the fourth published letter from Mr. Kurt Busiek to MTIO. His previous MTIO letters page appearances were in issues 14, 48, and 52.
     A link to someone else's review.