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Somebody’s First Comic Book: Marvel Team-Up (1972 Series) Annual #5

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TITLE: Serpent Rising

CREDITS:
Writer: Mark Gruenwald
Breakdowns:
Mark Gruenwald
Embellishment:
Jim Mooney
Letters:
Diana Albers
Colors:
Bob Sharen
Editor:
Tom DeFalco
Cover:
Ed Hannigan & Al Milgrom
Publisher:
Marvel Comics

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: I know Spider-Man, of course, and I remember the Thing from that Fantastic Four movie. Don’t know the other two heroes or the guy riding the giant snake.

IMPRESSIONS: Ah, apparently the snake guy is actually a good guy, Quasar, who also happens to be the head of security at an “energy project,” Project Pegasus. Evidently, the whole project is being invaded by a magic snake-god from ancient times. Quasar gets out a distress signal to the Thing, who comes to the rescue, and Spider-Man and the Scarlet Witch (both of whom evidently have had encounters with the thing before) get some sort of psychic wave alerting them to the danger. Spider-Man recruits Dr. Strange for help, but the Scarlet Witch dumps off her red-skinned husband and tells him to call the Avengers if she doesn’t come back. Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to call the Avengers now and have him come with her? Eh, anyway.

This book was kind of hard to figure out, at first, but about a third of the way through Dr. Strange conveniently provided us with a complete history of the Serpent Crown and all the different characters that have encountered it over the years. (Including, apparently, Conan the Barbarian.) That, plus the character beats we get throughout the story, make it possible to get into the story eventually. Ya gotta feel bad for Quasar, though – he gets billing with the rest of the heroes, but he really comes off looking like a chump in this issue.

All things considered, in the end, this book wasn’t bad. I pieced it together and the story made sense.

GRADE: B

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