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The Thing (2006 Series) #5

March 29, 2006

Quick Rating: Very Good
Title: Give Till it Hurts…

Time to clean up Yancy Street!

Writer: Dan Slott
Art: Andrea DiVito
Colors: Laura Villari
Letters: Dave Lanphear
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Cover Art: Andrea DiVito
Publisher: Marvel Comics

There seems to be an unwritten rule about Dan Slott’s work – it’s universally entertaining, but not nearly enough people are reading it. It was certainly the case with She-Hulk, and now the same is holding true for The Thing, but make no mistake, this is one of Marvel’s best titles.

Last issue, Ben Grimm learned a valuable lesson about the right way to handle his billions of dollars, and this issue he starts by trying to make right one of his more recent mistakes – blowing off a promise to work at a Yancy Street pawn shop to help make amends for one of his earliest mistakes. As he works at the shop, as he sees the lives of the people in his old neighborhood, Ben starts to think of ways to make things right. Of course, not everybody is a fan of his methods.

As usual, Slott laces this issue with bits of Marvel history, not only stretching back to the earliest days of this character, but to the more recent (and brilliant) Karl Kesel story that established for certain that Ben Grimm is Jewish. The relationship between the mountainous Ben and the tiny Mr. Scheckerberg is amusing in and of itself, although the misunderstanding that happens in this issue seems to have a pretty simple, built-in explanation.

Andrea DiVito’s art, as always, is wonderful. This is one of the best renditions of Ben I think I’ve ever seen, and we even get to see him with a pretty diverse wardrobe as opposed to just wearing his FF trunks all the time. This is a low-action issue, but there’s a nice setup for a major fight next issue that I can’t wait for.

So in short – a fantastic comic book, a great issue, a small audience. If you’re not picking up this comic book, you’re wrong. Go get it – go get it now.

Rating: 8/10

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