The Small Lebowski:
Issue(s): Defenders #40
The Red Guardian is attacked by a man with robotic arms. He is working for a group that is trying to help people emigrate from Russia. They think they'll be able to negotiate an agreement if they have the Guardian (who is also, remember, a renown neurologist). However, she is able to defeat robot-arms on her own and she returns to the Defenders.
The Hulk was also at the snuff film protest, since the content (the death of "a pretty blonde actress") subconsciously strikes a nerve due to the recent death of Jarella.
Jack Noriss throw another temper tantrum. Nighthawk asks him what it will take for him to leave, and Noriss responds "Oh, about $300,000." Nighthawk says "Done", and Jack leaves.
Strange continues to look for the reason behind his power troubles (we'll learn the answer in Defenders annual #1).
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Hulk is said to be intensely pre-occupied by his own problems when he smashes up a demonstration against a snuff film that portrays the death of "a pretty blonde actress". This is a tie in with the death of Jarella. The Hulk is on his way to find Dr. Strange in order to try to get him to use his magic to bring Jarella back to life. Luke Cage is in the audience at the Valkyrie's trial, but it doesn't necessarily mean that he's been with the Defenders since issue #39.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (4): showClea, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Elf with a Gun, Hulk, Jack Norriss, Luke Cage, Nighthawk, Red Guardian (Tania Belinksy), Valkyrie, Wong
This story was a reference to an actual 1976 film called "Snuff", which was a South American movie about a Manson-type cult with some American 'snuff" scene tacked on at the end. It didn't fool anybody who actually saw it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 10:06 PM
Nobody else liked the Byrne-designed Valkyrie costume, either. It lasted 5 issues at most.
Posted by: Dan Spector | February 3, 2013 7:44 AM
I also didn't like Val's new costume. Yuck! Wasn't to thrilled about Nighthawk paying that kind of cash to the annoying Norris, either. A super group like the Defenders could just toss him out for free. The elf? Not a big fan. Like many others, I really wondered where this series was going.
Posted by: Mike | June 29, 2014 6:46 PM
The new Valkyrie costume lasted three issues. This issue, Giant Sized Defenders 4 and issue #41.
Posted by: a.lloyd | March 20, 2017 12:54 AM
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