Man-Thing Vol 3

Cover to Vol 3, No 1Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 1 (1997/12)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Dr Strange
Story Title/Notes: Shame
THE HOOK: It's a fear-fraught (and non-code approved) journey into the dark corners of the Marvel Universe as the macabre muck-monster leaves the swamp behind and embarks on a quest to save all realities and attempts to rediscover his own buried humanity!
THE STORY: It all begins with a dream. A dream of myriad realities intersecting and being destroyed, worlds upon worlds fading from existence as the Nexus of All Realities-fractured by Onslaught and the cosmic storm of HEROES RETURN-is torn asunder. Only the Man-Thing, the shambling, mindless guardian of the Nexus possess the power to prevent multiversal disaster. But a human guide is required for the creature to be successful in reintegrating the Nexus. Enter Ellen Brandt, wife of Ted Sallis, the woman whose betrayal created the Man-Thing. The woman whose beautiful face was forever scarred by the monster in the first ever Man-Thing story. She's never been face-to-face with the creature who once was her husband-until now. Now unseen cosmic forces-along with sorcerer Doctor Strange-have brought these two together. Will the Man-Thing reduce Ellen to a pile of ashes, or will they both attempt to save the multiverse? Will the sins of the past bring about revenge-or redemption?
THE CHARACTERS: Government chemist Ted Sallis was working on recreating the Super Soldier Serum that created Captain America when his wife betrayed him to the subversive organisation known as A.I.M. To protect the formula from A.I.M.'s clutches, Sallis injected himself with the untested serum and crashed his car into the swamp. There, the chemicals mingled with the mystical forces of the Nexus and transformed him into the mud-encrusted Man-Thing! As an empath, the monster responds in a severe way to emotions. Negative emotions-such as fear, hate, anger or envy-cause him excruciating pain. Gifted with the ability to destroy the source of this pain, all of comicdom learned that whoever knows fear burns at the Man-Thing's touch! Additionally, the mystical forces which transformed Sallis have also appointed him the Guardian of the Nexus of All Realities, the dimensional crossroads which-until very recently-was centred in the Florida Everglades.
THE CREATORS: Currently writing SILVER SURFER and SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, J.M. DeMatteis is known for his penetrating, emotional stories, and has helped pioneer the "mature" style of comics with such works as MOONSHADOW, Seekers Into The Mystery, Brooklyn Dreams and BLOOD: A TALE. Liam Sharp developed his distinct look on titles such as DEATH'S HEAD, VENOM and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Together, DeMatteis and Sharp will be spinning a sophisticated saga of psychological horror fully planted within the Marvel Universe.
THE FORMAT: This monthly, 32-page, direct only, non-code approved book is suggested for mature readers, kiddies!
THE LEAD-IN: The events of GENERATION X #25, the four-part DAYDREAMERS limited series and MARVEL TEAM-UP #4 plunge straight into MAN-THING.
THE SUPPORT: Coverage in Marvel's 40-page titles, House and Industry ads and a promotional poster.

This was a very interesting comic but Man-Thing dissappeared in the convoluted plot and readers gave up on the title. When it was combined with Werewolf in Strange Tales you could see it still wasn't making the grade and after a few issues it got canned.

You can read some reviews of the series here.

Man-Thing Vol: 3 , No: 2 (1998-1)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Dr Strange
Story Title/Notes: The Jouney: Variant full color painted cover by Mike Ploog
Man-Thing's chaotic reunion with Ellen Brandt has been interrupted-by the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange! The Master of the Mystic Arts brings knowledge that may determine the fate of the bog beast, his estranged wife and perhaps the whole of reality itself! But before the news is revealed, Ellen must go on a harrowing journey of regret and redemption through the swamp that is the Man-Thing's soul, where she-and you-will learn never-before-revealed secrets of the monster's origin! Plus: meet a certain child whose fate will become entwined with Man-Thing's destiny-and the enigmatic figure who stalks him! (note: As with all strange Tales, it is suggested for mature readers.)

Cover to Vol 3, No 3Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 3 (1998-2)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Devil-Slayer, Sorrow
Story Title/Notes: Christmas in Bedlam
It's a dark and foreboding Christmas Eve as the Man-Thing and Ellen embark on the first leg of their quest to save reality! Their first stop: Rosewell Sanitarium, where they will visit a very special patient - Eric Simon Payne, the former Defender known as Devil-Slayer! Why is he there, and how is his inter-dimensional shadow cloak playing havok with the fabric of reality? Plus: who is the enigmatic woman known only as Sorrow, and what is her connection to Ellen's sordid past? (Note: as with all Strange Tales, MAN-THING is suggested for mature readers.)

Cover to Vol 3, No 4 Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 4 (1998-3)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Howard the Duck
Story Title/Notes: Silent Night
The former Defender known as Devil-Slayer has gone insane-and his extra-dimensional shadow-cloak is sucking pieces of our reality into its demonic confines! Can the macabre Man-Thing and his reluctant companion Ellen find a way to reach the man behind the madness and stem the tide of bizarre creatures that threaten to overrun the Earth? Also revealed this issue: Ellen's connections to the Roswell Sanitarium and the enigmatic woman called Sorrow! Plus: the mysterious agenda of the man called Mr. Terminus!

Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 5 (1998-4)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Howard the Duck
Story Title/Notes: The Empty House
A turning point issue for Marvel's most bizarre series! In the aftermath of last issue's cosmic conflagration, the Man-Thing and Ellen find that the latest step in their quest has led them to a town that holds an important piece of their past from the days of their marriage! A major secret is revealed that will impact on the future, and we learn an aspect of the Man-Thing's abilities that has never before been revealed! Plus:the return of the Man-Thing's old nemeses, the fanatical Cult of Entropy.

Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 6 (1998-5)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Howard the Duck
Story Title/Notes: The Duck and the Muck
In a tiny town in the heartland of America, the Man-Thing and Ellen uncovered a shattering secret from their past-and now they're face-to-face with a group of the swamp creature's oldest foes, the nihilistic Cult of Entropy! They're determined to hasten the destruction of the Nexus of All Realities by killing-Howard the Duck?! What in the name of Duckworld is going on here?!
"Writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Liam Sharp have both taken extraordinary strides in updating the character for today...combining all of these factors with stunning visual art and outstanding writing, MAN-THING offers something above and beyond your average comic." (Riot)

Vol 3, No 7 Cover Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 7 (1998-6)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Namour
Story Title/Notes: In the Waters of Eternity
Guest-starring Namor, the Sub-Mariner! The Man-Thing has pursued Ellen Brandt to the sunken city of Atlantis - their mission: to reintegrate another fragment of the shattered Nexus of All Realities! Their problem: the fragment is imbedded in an artifact being guarded by the Sub-Mariner, who's not willing to release it, even to save the multiverse! Meanwhile, the demonic Mr. Termineus leads young Job ever closer to his irrevocable destiny!

Man-Thing Vol. 3, No: 8 (1998-7)
Writer: Dematheis, J.M.
Artist/s: Sharp, Liam
Guest Character: Namour
Story Title/Notes: In the Waters of Eternity
Man-Thing's encounter with Man-Thing's encounter with Namor the Sub-Mariner takes an unexpected turn when an ancient Atlantean god transforms the mindless muck-monster back into his human form of scientist Ted Sallis! But Ted's reunion with his ex-wife Ellen may prove to be short-lived, because without the Man-Thing, there's no hope to repair the fragmented Nexus of All Realities and the doomsday clock for all the Multiverse is ticking towards zero!

(Marvel Memo: While the MAN-THING monthly is changing its format after this issue, the storyline will continue in full 22-page installments in the new Strange Tales monthly anthology!)