Thing (Vol.2) #4
This done-in-one issue is a bit sappy, but it has its fun moments. We open on the city of
Meanwhile, Reed Richards launches some cockamamie scheme using his son Franklin as a guinea pig to teach Ben a thing or two about finances—primarily, how to manage them, and how to prevent them from changing you.
Along the way, Ben and Lockjaw are reunited—they spent a bit of time together in the Thing’s first series—and Ben removes the marble fragment from Lockjaw’s neck. Lockjaw is so grateful that he informs Blackbolt, the leader of the Inhumans, that he is leaving Attilan to live on Earth with Ben.
There is no real villain here, just a real brief battle with a Z-lister named Shockjock that seemed tacked on in order to appease action fans. The greatest scene here is actually a bit of a throwaway joke: the Human Torch gets so excited about his latest additions to his Little Black Book that he flames on, accidentally burning all of the girls’ digits.
Serves the precocious bastard right. What a chump.
What a revoltin' development!