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2068: Monsters Unleashed #5 (v1) [A Story]

" All the Faces of Fear! "
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Monsters Unleashed #5a (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Len Wein
Cover Artists: Bob Larkin
Writers: Tony Isabella
Pencilers: Vicente Alcazar
Inkers: Vicente Alcazar
Editors: Stan Lee
Cover Date: April 1974
Release Date: October 1974
Story Arc: -
Pages: 11
Cover Price: $0.75
Times Read: 160                 Times Rated: 106
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Ellen, Ted Sallis's former lover, returns to the swamp to take revenge on the Man-Thing for disfiguring her face.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
Man-Thing last appeared in Master of Kung Fu #19. Man-Thing next appears in Monsters Unleashed #8b (v1).
Supporting Characters
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Leonard in the mainstream continuity.
  Ellen Brandt
Ellen Brandt last appeared in Savage Tales #1c (v1). Ellen Brandt next appears in Giant-Size Man-Thing #5a.
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Issue Review
   November 25, 2015
A story about the woman who betrayed Man-Thing in his origin story. She goes back to the swamp to find him. And when she confronts him, she conquers her fear.
But everything about it is forced and unnatural. I didn't believe any of it. Her decision to go back, or her epiphany. Not enjoyable. 3/10
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Issue Synopsis
Ellen, wracked with guilt after her betrayal of her former lover, Ted Sallis, has been experiencing nightmares. They hearken back to her time in the swamp, when the Man-Thing disfigured her face. Now in the care of a new lover and doctor, Ellen's face is healing under a layer of bandages. Troubled by her dreams, however, she determines to return to the swamp to take revenge on the Man-Thing before she begins her new life with her repaired face.

Ellen's doctor, Leonard, accompanies her to the swamp, where they begin their search for the monster. It is not long before the Man-Thing senses the swarm of intense emotions radiating from the pair, and he curiously follows them. When Ellen stumbles upon an old A.I.M. laboratory, she is overcome by greed, hoping to make a fortune from the abandoned equipment.

The Man-Thing's memory stirs, reminding him that those who doomed Ted Sallis were consumed by that very same greed. In a rage, he attacks the couple. After dispatching the doctor, he shambles toward Ellen. She remembers their last encounter, and how he mangled her features. Suddenly, she recalls this familiar scene from her nightmares, and realizes that all of the demons of her dreams are merely her own fears haunting her.

Realizing that she needs to overcome those fears, she pulls away her bandages as the Man-Thing approaches. As his claw-like hand reaches out and strokes her beautiful cheek, nothing happens. All the hateful emotions that the Man-Thing sensed before have dissipated, and he sulks back into the murky swamp.
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  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-05-19 06:02:25  
  This was a good issue, if you take it for what it is.  

  butters911 Says:    
  2015-07-16 18:34:24  
  I liked the issue, but what exactly was her plan to kill the Man Thing? As soon as she saw him she was terrified.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-10-11 19:42:30  
  Gee, I sure am happy that such a nice character was granted such a happy ending. I was really concerned about her since she betrayed Sallis turning him into a monster. /end sarcasm  

  Shintetsuken Says:    
  2016-11-04 15:44:37  
  I'm actually glad they didn't just "Whoever knows fear...BURNS AT THE MAN-THING'S TOUCH!" to end this, and actually gave it an ending.  

  Russ Says:    
  2017-11-06 18:50:05  
  Having such an epiphany about yourself when you realize you're "beautiful" again; that lessened the impact of the ending. But at least I can say I didn't see it coming, so I guess that's something.

2 stars. Not the story it could've been, but the "rematch" was still pretty interesting in itself.

  Katryn Says:    
  2018-01-13 05:47:23  
  One thing I'll say for the ending - she didn't know what she looked like. It's just that it didn't matter any more.  

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