Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Marvel Comics Presents (1988) # 120

Cover Artist: Joe Madureira
Published: Jan. 1993
Original Price: $1.50

Title: And Let There Be Light..., Part 2: "In A Dark Place"
Writer: Paula Foye
Artist: Alexander Morrissey
Inker: Ken Branch
Letterer: Janice Chiang
Colorist: Fred Mendez
Editor: Terry Kavanagh
Editor in Chief: Tom DeFalco

On the planet Zianon, Grimbat holds the kidnapped Ghost Rider and Cloak outside his castle. Ghost Rider frees himself and attempts to burn Grimbat with hellfire, but the dragon simply absorbs the light and tells the two heroes that they will serve him for eternity.
Inside the castle, Dagger is surrounded by Grimbat's servants, who hail her as their new queen. Back outside, Cloak teleports himself and Ghost Rider to Dagger's side, where the crime-fighting duo are reunited. A moment later, however, Grimbat bursts into the room with a legion of creatures brandishing chains. The monsters wrap the chains around Cloak and Ghost Rider, while Dagger demands that Grimbat stop attacking her friends. Grimbat then hypnotizes Dagger into following him, and his minions drag the two males into the dungeons below.
In the dungeon, the guards tell Ghost Rider and Cloak there is one strain among their people that can drain light from others to give to the rest, and that Grimbat is the last descendant of that line. But Dagger's light is sufficient enough that Grimbat need not take any more lives ever. Now that he knows Grimbat's motives, Ghost Rider easily frees himself from his chains. Upstairs, Grimbat adorns Dagger with jewels and a cape, telling her that she will want for nothing and that all she need do is that what comes most natural. Dagger comments that the planet is so dark with no sun or light, to which Grimbat replies that she must shine on her subjects to ease the pain and torment of their darkened lives.
This issue of MCP also contained stories featuring Wolverine/Venom, Spider-Man, and the Constrictor.
"And Let There Be Light..." continues into its second chapter with the same lackluster momentum and script as the first part. While we're given an interesting idea or two with Grimbat's world and its lack of light, the story just can't overcome the terrible script and dull artwork.
We're given the explanation for why Grimbat wants Dagger and how he plans to use her to bring light to his dark world, but we're still left with a few big, lingering questions. Just what happened to plunge Zianon into darkness in the first place? And not that Dagger isn't a good candidate, but if Grimbat has been watching Earth for as long as he says wouldn't such people as Dazzler or the Lightmaster be more appropriate for his plans?
We're also still being force fed the hellfire-throwing, manically wild version of the Ghost Rider that clashes irreconcilably with how the character's been written since his return in a new incarnation. Writer Foye handles Cloak and Dagger a touch better in this chapter, but her Ghost Rider is still wildly inaccurate. Morrissey's artwork, also, is still failing to impress. It's not bad, per se, but its incredibly static and just plain boring.
Overall, my fears of this story being a complete pile of shit are being confirmed.
Grade: F