Marvel Team-Up (Vol. 3) #9

Background

What happens when a C-list villian gets ahold of a magic ring that allows him to do anything? Kooky stuff. Not that good kooky though. The bad kooky. The kind of kooky that makes you think, why is this guy a villian?

To recap, the Ringmaster gets a magic ring and robs a bank. Shortly after beating the snot out of the Constrictor, Moon Knight and Spider-man leap into battle to take on Ringmaster.

The Ringmaster displays his super "I can do anything" powers and turns Spidey's webbing into a highly volatile explosive substance.

Meanwhile, Punisher and Blade are squabbling over who gets to take down the badguys. An explosion was heard in the distance and some vampires killed some thug. Blade jumped down to hand out butt-whompings. Titannus stands poised to take down an army led by Sunfire in Tokyo.

Story Details

  Marvel Team-Up (Vol. 3) #9 (Story 1)
Summary: Daredevil/Luke Cage
Arc: Part 3 of 'Master of the Ring' (1-2-3-4-5)
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Scott Kolins
Articles: Sleepwalker (Cameo)

Sunfire had an army behind him when he went to take down Titannus. Now we see the remains of a beat up army and Sunfire lying unconscious on the ground. Titannus looks at the undamaged parts of Tokyo and says, "Now...to cause some real damage."

Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are meeting with some clients about a case when Murdock excuses himself suddenly. Stiltman seems to be walking around with a briefcase. Daredevil confronts him and Stiltman claims that he got the plans for this new and improved suit from the internet. Improved? Yeah, it's got stretchy arms and guns.

The battle of the rooftops gets the attention of a walkman toting Luke Cage who joins the battle a haphazardly knocks the Stiltman out. Daredevil uses his grappling billy-club to keep Stiltman suspended so he doesn't fall over and kill himself.

After a brief exchange they hear and explosion in the distance. Daredevil leaps into battle but Luke has to take hamburgers home to his pregnant girlfriend. After he drops the food off he'll join the fight. Whipped.

General Comments

This book was is managing to say consistently decent. The lighthearted humor is a major selling point for this book. Stiltman finding plans for the stilt suit on the internet, Luke Cage having to bring food to his wife before going into a battle and Sleepwalker's misadventures are examples of a book that's not taking itself too seriously.

Overall Rating

I'm giving this puppy a solid three webs. The story arc is decent enough to buy but also easy enough to live without.