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Friday Review! Avengers * Defenders Tarot #1 (2020)

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Writer: Alan Davis
Artist: Pencil/Inks Paul Renaud
Artist: Colors Paul Mounts
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$4.99

$3.85 – $12.99

Variants: 2
  • Alan Davis Variant
  • Diablo Variant
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Who doesn’t love a good Defenders story?  Especially from Alan Davis who gave us the excellent, underrated and short-lived Savage Hulk series.  This time around he hands the art over to Paul Renaud who gives us some really exciting scenes and makes this gorgeous comic that much more enjoyable.

Back in the 40’s, with Namor, Cap and the original Human Torch forming the Invaders, lending a hand in fighting back the Nazis in WWII the trio of superheroes are faced with some mystical magic.  A man named Okkults uses his magics to  bring the stone statues to life and fight our heroes.  In this moment when the statues overwhelm the trio suddenly Captain America Hulks out. Seriously – he Hulk’s out, green skin and anger issues and all!

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After taking out the horde of stone people Steve reverts back to human form with no memory of what happened.  We join the Defenders some time later with Namor spacing out thinking back to that moment in time all while they are about to take out another bad guy who has amassed an army of people possessed by evil magics.  Namor recognizes the runes that have formed on the people in said army as the same runes on the statues from years before.

The current situation isn’t as dire as it seemed as Strange was actually feigning weakness in order to trick Cyrus Black in gathering his troops so that Strange can take the evil magic, Ichor, back and cure the followers.  All goes well except that Strange can’t banish the magic from the Earth since there is another source of the same magic elsewhere on the planet.  Where exactly?  That would be the Avengers Mansion!

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The Marvel Non-Team transport to the mansion but arrive at an obviously bad time as they witness Vision kicking Iron Man’s ass.  Cap let’s the quintet know that Vision has had a malfunction of sorts and they have to bring him down.  The only one with the ability to take on Vision is Scarlet Witch who does so and knocks the android out.

At this point the Avengers split the Defenders up having the Hulk and Valkyrie help fix the damage done to the mansion, the Surfer help take the Vision down to the medic bay and Strange and Wanda heading down to the containment area to locate the rest of the Ichor magic.

Namor takes Cap aside to ask about the memories he had in the beginning of the issue but Cap doesn’t have a clue what Namor is talking about.  He gives access of the files to aquatic king to research as much as he’d like.  Stark has Norrin Rad helping him try to figure out what happened to the Vision while Thor is conning the Hulk into doing the heavy lifting – but all is a ruse!  As Strange enters the containment area he’s confronted by Diablo who has collected the Ichor and are in control of the entire Avengers team!  The only member who he wasn’t able to control was the Vision which is why they were all trying to kick his ass!  Diablo then uses the rest of the Avengers to take out the certain members of the Non-Team and uses the Ichor to take control of Strange as well!

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The end of issue #1 is quite exciting with quite the cliffhanger ending!  I think we’re in for quite the ride!  I question whether or not it would have been just as good to know what was happening at the Mansion before the Defenders show up, knowing the entire team was heading into a trap, and rooting for the team to figure it out before crap hit the fan!  Overall, this is an excellent start to a new Defenders adventure!

 

Villains:
  • Diablo
  • Avengers (sort of)
Grade: Bag and Board It

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The Defenders: A Year of Hulk Nicknames – Week 1

With a simple mind like the Hulk has it’s easy to understand why he would just call people what he thinks they look like – this year let’s highlight some of the best Hulk nicknames!

Hulk’s names for the different heroes is as follows:

  • Magician is Strange
  • Sword Girl is Valkyrie
  • Bird Nose (my favorite) is Nighthawk
  • Star Girl is Red Guardian.

I like the Hulk’s fake names better

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Defenders: The Best Defense (2019)

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Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Pencils / Ink Joe Bennet / Belardino Brabo
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Variants: 4

$4.99

$3.89 – $289.99

  • Arthur Adams Cover
  • Sal Buscema Cover
  • Valerio Schiti Cover
  • Skottie Young Cover
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The Defenders, Marvel’s greatest Non-Team!  It has been way too long since we’ve seen the original lineup take on a force threatening the world.  Truth is, The Defenders biggest problem is that they truly have the most powerful team in the entire MU.  Can you name a team with more powerful members? I bet you can’t.  Go ahead and try!  You have Marvel’s mightiest powerhouses banding together – not because they want to, mind you, but because if they don’t then worlds will end!  That’s right, this team, comprised of Hulk, Namor, Strange and Surfer, had a problem being a monthly title because how do you continue coming up with villains – or threats – big enough to give these powerhouses a worthy foe?  They did the only thing they could, really – they changed the team.  Over and over and over they added members and lost members on the regular just so that the writers could write believable stories where the members were being challenged!

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One thing that I’ve always looked forward to was that Marvel has continues to bring back the original members every now and again to tackle a new threat.  This time a parasitic type ghost named Nebulon has infected the Conductor of the Train.  The Train is hurtling through space picking up planets, using them as fuel.  Nebulon has taken control of the train and re-routed it to the Sol System.  Lucky for us the Surfer has met this enemy before and engages in some chit chat.  He hears Nebulon’s plans to snuff out the Earth and, unfortunately for the Surfer, has powers far greater than he remembers.

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Meanwhile, the Hulk and Strange are getting re-acquainted.  Strange needs the Hulk for his part of the plan, only Hulk doesn’t exactly understand the complexity of the situation they are in.  Strange breaks it down as simply as possible – Earth will die.  Maybe Hulk will survive but it won’t be any fun – so just help save the world.

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We now see two leopard brothers acting very Trading Places as they bet on the outcome of Nebulon after they gifted him with this upgrade in power.  Nebulon, on the other hand, is having nothing but success speeding up the train and torture Norrin Radd.  All of this is going swimmingly until Silver Sub Mariner shows up to surf his way through Nebulon’s hold on the Conductor.  If you want to know just how Namor became the new Surfer you have to buy a precursor issue that features just him and, truth be told, is quite freakin’ boring.

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The Hulk shows up to see the feline Duke brothers and even beheads one with his face hole.  It’s pretty disturbing – but let’s remember, its a pretty dark Hulk we’re dealing with here.  When the souls of the brothers move to Nebulon, dosing him with additional power, he flings Namor into the void of space.  Now Surfer has a choice to make – save the world and beat Nebulon or save a former teammate, grumpy sea king.  How is this even a choice?

Actually, Norrin doesn’t even need to weigh the pros and cons because the Hulk shows up and takes charge once again!  He hurtles the Surfer at Namor while appropriating his board to bitch slap Nebulon.

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How, you ask, how is Surfer supposed to save Namor without his board?  Well, if you guessed becoming the board himself then you’d be right and I’d be witnessing one of the most ridiculous moments in 2018 comic history!  With Hulk’s continued onslaught on Nebulon it gives Strange the chance to distract the Conductor – freeing him from Nebulon’s control – just for a second.  It’s enough to save a planet of Atlantean’s from becoming fuel and even more so, enough to knock the train off course a fraction of a degree and right into the hands of Mephisto.

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Our story concludes with Namor feeling good about saving the world of his kind.  Surfer back with Galactus, feeling used and misunderstood, Hulk back on Earth and Strange, now a prisoner of Mephisto. smiling devilishly because things went just how he expected.

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I love a good Defenders story – and this one is pretty damn great!  Don’t forget to check out the 1-shots that were all pre-cursors to this.  Especially the Immortal Hulk one which is just SO good!

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Villains:
    • Nebulon
    • Borss
    • Mog’Rys
    • Mephisto
Grade: Bag and Board It

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Immortal Hulk #1: Best Defense – The Variants

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This past week the Hulk’s portion of the new Defenders story was released. If you haven’t read it you totally should!  The story is amazing!  Anyways, there were 5 variants released including a brilliant Jack Kirby 1:200 cover.  See below:

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As you can see in addition to the regular cover we were also given an obligatory Skottie Young cover!  The list below is as follows:

  • Regular Cover by Ron Garney
  • Skottie Young Cover
  • 1:25 Cover by  Joe Bennet
  • 1:50 Cover by Adi Granov
  • 1:200 Cover by Jack Kirby

If you have yet to read this issue then take a moment right now to crack open this book!  It’s just awesome!   They use snippets from past stories and it was seriously flat out exceptional!

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Don’t forget to pick up Namor: Best Defense to continue the story

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Back Issue #65 (2013)

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If you are interested in reading up on the Defenders history check out the recent issue of Back Issue! where they delve deep into the long box and talk Defenders chronology.  Also you get a sweet Defenders cover – where Hulk looks sort of “Sloth” from the Goonies – more monster than man.  I just finished the article and thought it was pretty great.  Check it out yourself!

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So, I know that WalMart has an exclusive 6″ Avengers line – but they have yet to show up on the East Coast… if any of my Gamma Bros that visit this site have found an extra and want to help me out I would be truly grateful!  Anyone?!?!?

Well, in the meantime – check out the art I did on a blank Defenders #1 cover.  Let me know what you think!  As you can see – it’s featuring the original Defenders only!  😉  Actually, there is another side to this cover – if you’d like to see the other side just click on the image (Trust me – it’s so worth seeing!)