Issue(s): Defenders #78, Defenders #79, Defenders #80, Defenders #81, Defenders #82, Defenders #83
And yes, that winged guy's wings come out of his head.
The one cool thing about this plot is the Hulk riding this giant bird thing.
In a somewhat more interesting plotline, Hannigan faces the all-female Defenders team (Valkyrie, Hellcat, the Wasp) and Henry Pym, who gets kidnapped and imprisoned immediately...
...against Gerber character the Mandrill...
...who has recruited Jack Kirby's newest Brotherhood of Evil Mutants (now called the Mutant Force)...
... but mainly relies on his own band of female warriors. This is a problem for the Valkyrie, since she is much weaker when fighting women. All of the ladies are also susceptible to the Mandrill's pheromones, but luckily the Wasp is caught in a glass jar at the time that he exposes himself and she is able to run off and recruit Nighthawk to help out. The Avengers and the FF were unavailable. Nighthawk is defying the FBI by going out as a super-hero but he doesn't care. He's also got a new suit that is more weaponized.
This plotline concludes in #82, and issue #83 is devoted largely to concluding the fantasy plot, but there is an interlude with Valkyrie and Hellcat stopping some bank robbers, and Hellcat realizes that she still has her acrobatic abilities when she's not in costume, whereas it was previously assumed that the costume was where she derived her powers.
Dr. Strange resolves the issue of the Unnameable One by surgically trapping him inside the Hulk's brain. It's not quite as graphic as it sounds. But that's an accurate description, and it's pretty bizarre, and not in a good way.
The best part of this arc, as always with the Defenders, is the Hulk interacting with his teammates.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Wong and Clea both have minor appearances in this story, but they go missing in Dr. Strange #38-40, and aren't found until issue #42, so this needs to take place after that.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): show
So you list Pym as a member of the all-female Defenders? Well, it's apt, actually.
Posted by: Chaim Shraga | June 11, 2012 10:12 AM
That was just a poorly structured sentence. But if you really want subtext, it's that Henry Pym can't let his wife have a ladies' night out without showing up and hanging around, wondering if they're talking or laughing about him.
Posted by: fnord12 | June 13, 2012 12:06 AM
I liked the idea of two groups of Defenders but the Tunnelworld story was SO boring. maybe if Byrne or Starlin drew it, it could of gone somewhere.
Posted by: a.lloyd | January 28, 2016 5:45 AM
As silly-slash-just-plain-offensive a character as the Mandrill is, Trimpe's full-page panel of him certainly gets your attention.
Posted by: Oliver_C | April 4, 2016 9:01 AM
Interesting reference here to Hulk's "amazing recuperative abilities". PAD will later give Hulk a full-on healing factor in Hulk #340.
I'd always seen that as something PAD had created outright, but this at least gives a vague precedent for it.
Anyone aware of any other mentions of Hulk's recuperative abilities prior to Hulk #340?
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | March 1, 2017 10:52 AM
Usually Hulk was depicted before his Shades of Grey phase as practically invulnerable but I haven't quite read it all.
Posted by: Cecil | April 24, 2017 1:53 AM
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