Marvel Team-Up (Vol. 3) #12

Background

The mysterious Titannus has been monitoring the Marvel heroes for unknown reason. After the destruction in Tokyo, Dr. Strange gathers Spider-Man, Nova, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and the Hulk. Wolverine appears out of nowhere but it's not like he as too much exposure.

Story Details

  Marvel Team-Up (Vol. 3) #12
Summary: Spider-Man Appears
Arc: Part 2 of 'Titannus War' (1-2-3)
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Pencils: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco

This is it; the revelation of Titannus' origin. He was born on the Skrull home world. The narration and the images are not going to match up. This is indicating that what Titannus is saying is false and what the reader is seeing is true. Titannus was part of an experiment by scientist and given huge amounts of strength. Maddened by his new power he kills many Skrulls and escapes to a desert plant. The war-like planet enslaves him and treats him as a new killer. The king is killed by Titannus and Titannus assumes the throne. He becomes a warmonger and causes death and destruction at every turn. He goes from planet to planet on a mission of conquest.

Eventually he meets his match; a Trellion king makes Titannus his guard. Enter Princess Amissa. She is sought after by Titannus, who eventually imprisons the king. The princess secretly allows the escape of the old king and Titannus is caught by surprise. Titannus is outmatched and flees with his captive, Amissa.

Soon he finds his way to Earth and now seeks their help. Dr. Strange senses that there is little truth to the version that Titannus has just explained. Titannus is angered by their refusal to help. Titannus powers up for a confrontation with the heroes. The heroes all stand ready to fight.

General Comments

I really enjoyed the truth and lies. The words didn't match with what was really going on. It was a neat trick and really impressed me. This is why I keep giving Kirkman chances. These little moments really impress me and keep me coming back for more.

Overall Rating

A high rating for a well written story by Kirkman, almost a five, maybe next time. You should read it!