Issue(s): Defenders #133
Despite the fact that they seem totally crazy, they're actually very successful at ferreting out a drug deal that is actually just a cover that a corrupt DEA agent uses to smuggle sensitive defense information.
It's a well written and often funny story, but it's got that Steve Gerby zany quality that i don't associate with Peter Gillis. Of course, i said the same thing about Defenders #131, didn't i? Hmmmm.
The Beast is still not with the rest of the Defenders. He is off on the lecture circuit, and making friends with a Professor Frye, an expert in the works of William Blake.
The last panel of this issue shows a silhouette of Manslaughter. He's getting sent after the Defenders because of their interference this issue.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue begin with the Defenders outside of the Angel's headquarters while a decontamination crew cleans up the place after the gamma-plant attack from last issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAngel, Beast, Candy Southern, Cloud, Cutlass (Detective), Dolly Donahue, Gargoyle (Defender), Iceman, Manslaughter, Moondragon, Typhoon (Detective), Valkyrie
One thing I took from this lousy issue was that Angel has a lot more real estate than I ever knew he had.
Really hated this one. Comes far too early in the run and is enough to turn someone off completely. When Gerber did the zaniness, there was still a connection to the Defenders somehow (or it was brief non-sequitur ala the Elf). Here they just tag along with these two annoying characters on a boring mission that they contribute pretty much nothing to. I think Moondragon has 1 line in the entire issue.
Pains me to say so, but should the significance rating be bumped up for the first appearance of Manslaughter? He does end up being significant to the run and the end of the series. And managed to make a tiny few appearances afterwards.
Posted by: AF | January 7, 2016 10:21 AM
I gave points to issue #134 for the first "full" Manslaughter, since this one is just a silhouette.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 7, 2016 3:42 PM
Professor Frye is Northrop Frye-- his first book, Fearful Symmetry was a huge deal in Blake studies for a long time. I'd say this is probably his only Marvel appearance but I think Vivisector miiiight be shown reading a book of his in X-Statix.
Posted by: alberteam | June 5, 2017 7:29 PM
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