Issue(s): Defenders #15, Defenders #16
I still dislike the character, though. His origin as a Batman from another dimension should have relegated him into a one-time appearance for an imaginary Avengers/JLA grudge match. The fact that there are multiple Nighthawks out there (this one is the Squadron Sinister version, and there is also the Squadron Supreme version) makes it unnecessarily confusing. His powers suck, especially in light of the fact that he's on a team with Dr. Strange, Valkyrie, Hulk, Namor, and the Silver Surfer, and he's got no personality to speak of. He's basically a device to ensure that the Defenders have a headquarters, vehicles, a place to store Brightwing, etc..
After Valkyrie announces her intention to quit again, Dr. Strange is contacted by fellow Illuminati member Professor X, and asked to meet him in New Mexico. There, they run into Magneto and his latest Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, which includes the Blob, Unus, the mutate Lorelei, and veteran Brotherhood member Mastermind.
Magneto is continuing on his genetic mutation experiments that he started in Uncanny X-Men #18 and developed further during his time with the Savage Land Mutates in Uncanny X-Men #62-63
The Brotherhood repeatedly overpower the Defenders, largely due to the fact that the keep falling for Mastermind's illusions. And when the Defenders finally do get the upper hand, Magneto's newest mutate has matured to the point where it can easily stop them. However, the mutate continues to evolve...
...and eventually becomes so enlightened that it realizes that Magneto is a bad guy.
He devolves Magneto and the Brotherhood into children and then ascends into the heavens.
Len Wein's dialogue is especially corny, with Magneto at his most over the top. I like Sal Buscema's art, though. It's a little flat, especially with Lorelei in the cast to remind me of Neal Adam's amazingly advanced style, but it's still enjoyable.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Marvel Team-Up #23.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (8): show
Nighthawk's new costume was designed by Len Wein.
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