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January 6, 2012

Guide to Marvel Comics Presents #43

Filed under: Guide to Marvel Comics Presents — Doorman @ 10:59 am

Marvel Comics Presents launched in 1988 as an ad-free anthology showcasing four eight-page features, stuffed inside a wrap-around cover. This guide will tell you everything you wanted to know about the series – and more!

Marvel Comics Presents #43
Cover Date: 1990 | Cover Price: $1.25 | Cover Artist: Erik Larsen

Wolverine in “Black Shadow, White Shadow” part 6
written by Marv Wolfman
art by John Buscema

The next morning, Wolverine wakes to find that Mai and Ch’un have left without him. And, as they near a deteriorating temple, they can hear the White Shadow and Black Shadow arguing. Inside the temple, Wolverine’s friends are met with an approaching shadow … and a growing sensation of fear.

Wonder Man in “Stardust Miseries” part 6
written by Michael Higgins
art by Javier Saltares

Hank Pym and the Beast use Tony Stark’s Modified Image Projector to send Iron Man’s image to meet up with Wonder Man and the Enchantress (and their captured Wasp). The Enchantress uses one of her spells to turn the image into the actual Iron Man and inadvertently transports the Beast and Pym along with him. The villains manage to subdue the Avengers and the Enchantress begins planning her next experiment!

Iron Man in “Donovan’s Brains
written by Ed Simmons
art by Mark Bagley

Stark Enterprises enters into a deal with Donovan Robotics due to their advancements in neural-network robots. Part of the terms is that Stark will help Donovan out with their industrial espionage problems. Months later, the problem rears its head in the form of a virus at Donovan Robotics. Iron Man steps in to take care of the situation but his armor’s higher functions are temporarily shut down, as a result. Moments later, he’s attacked by several robots – and it looks like Donovan is leading them. He hopes to add the secrets of the Iron Man armor to his robots to create invincible fighting machines. Can our hero stay alive long enough for his system to reboot?

Siryn in “Hello Little Girl … Is Your Father Home?
written by Scott Lobdell
art by Larry Stroman

Mr. McFadden and Teleplex send the Kinsmen (Wee One, Boulder, Highlander, Dyke, Rapscallion) to Cassidy Keep to escort Banshee in for a debriefing. His daughter, Siryn, answers the door and launches into battle with Ireland’s recently formed answer to the Avengers. And, despite being outnumbered, she makes short work of these “green” heroes.

As a fan of Erik Larsen’s 90s style of art, this cover really appeals to me. Unfortunately, not much else is really doing it for me in this issue. I’m really looking forward to being done with both Wolverine and Wonder Man’s features. Iron Man’s story was pretty ho-hum and Siryn’s was the best … but only by default. Interestingly enough, it debuted an Irish super-heroine named Dyke. My inner teenager gets a lot of laughs out of that. :-p

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