Dedicated to the definitive superhero non-team.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Seems Like Old Times

The prophesy that forced the four earliest Defenders to leave the team in #125 turned out to be in err, allowing them to later join forces again as they routinely had done in the past. Why anyone believed the psychopathic Elf to begin with was never adequately explained.

Of all the attempts to bring back the non-team, my favorite was the four-part "Return of the Defenders" storyline that ran through the 1992 annuals of the Incredible Hulk, Namor, the Silver Surfer, and Dr. Strange.

These heroes had faced extra-dimensional entities countless times in the past. But for a welcome change of pace, throughout much of the cross-over adventure, Sub-Mariner's mind was trapped within the body of Rick Jones, adding room for humor and giving Hulk's first friend a well-deserved place among the Defenders. Meanwhile, Prince Namor's true form was under an evil magician's control.

What also made this reunion memorable was the way the characters interacted like old friends instead of reluctant allies. Their bickering bellied a level of comaraderie they'd seldom shown in the original series.

1 comment:

mike fox said...

hey great, great, GrEaT site you've got here! these annuals were indeed cool - and if i remember correctly, the surfer one featured art by ron lim, aLwAyS a bonus, especially surfer and hulk. again, great site, i'm going to bookmark it and check in from time to time

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