- Written by: Walter Mosley
- Art by: Tom Reilly
- Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
- Letters by: VC’s Joe Sabino
- Cover art by: Tom Reilly
- Cover price: $3.99
- Release date: February 2, 2022
The Thing #4 gets a visit from Silver Surfer, more Heralds of Galactus, and an army of stone-cutting robots on the Moon to find out who or what Mot is working for.
Was It Good?
The Thing #4 is nearly unreadable. The narrative flow is clumsily awkward. Amaryllis and Bobby don’t talk or act like any human being that ever existed (although, that might be intentional). Characters come and go without setup or explanation. And the clunky dialog reads like it was created by somebody pulling random sentences scrolled on crinkled paper out of a hat and assembling them in a script in whatever random order they happened to be picked.
I’m trying. I truly am. I suspect Mosley is shooting for something unique or clever, but after four issues, it’s impossible to tell what.
Mot is a presence in this issue but just barely. The shenanigans Thing, Amaryllis, and Bobby go through involve Champion’s teleportation belt which “accidentally” transports them to Uatu’s lodgings on the Moon. While there, Thing fights off a robot soldier, part of a large robotic army, with bladed weapons that can cut through rock. When the group survives one challenge, they’re faced with another with the introduction of Faceless One, Terrax, and Berserker.
Why did Champion’s belt transport them to the Moon? Unknown. Where is Uatu? Unknown. Why does Uatu’s base have a vast armor of insect-like robot soldiers? Unknown. Why are former Herald’s of Galactus standing around in Uatu’s base? Unknown. Why are Amaryllis and Bobby talking like their dialog was created by an A.I.? Unknown.
Meanwhile, Alicia Masters gets a late night visit from Alejandro dressed in some kind of cultish hooded cape. Why is he in Alicia’s apartment? Unknown. How is Alicia able to fight him off? Did she acquire Daredevil’s powers and skill? Unknown.
Okay, okay, you get the idea. The point here is nothing is happening in this comic with any consistency, rhyme, or reason. If the intent was to make the reader feel like Thing is trapped in some kind of nonsensical fever dream, mission accomplished.
All lunacy aside, credit where credit is due. Reilly’s art is great. The colors from Bellaire are vibrant. Reilly’s inks are pristine. And, the whole issue comes together with Sabino’s lettering for a visually captivating book, even if you can’t make sense of what’s going on.
Bits and Pieces
The Thing #4 challenges your notions of what a comic can be by haphazardly stringing together a random collection of cameos, scenes, and dialog without any sense of flow or structure. This issue is the equivalent of a scrapbook assembled from unrelated magazine clippings. If Mosley manages to stick the landing… any landing… it will be a major miracle.