Issue(s): Defenders #89, Defenders #90, Defenders #91
Of course, super-heroes in the suburbs is a favorite theme of the Defenders. It's been a while, but these scenes make up for it:
Meanwhile, Daredevil gets captured by the Mandrills' Fem-Force.
Hellcat also gets captured while the other Defenders (Hulk & Valkyrie) are at court watching Kyle's defense against the IRS. Hellcat gets brainwashed and shows up at court with her shadow cloak and leading Fem-Force.
Nighthawk frees Daredevil...
...and un-brainwashes Hellcat but the Valkyrie gets brainwashed and she and the Mandrill get away.
After the attack in the courtroom is over, we've got a scene with all the super-heroes plus the captured members of Fem-Force lined up in front of the judge who tries to detain everyone.
I don't see how she, a judge presiding over a tax fraud case, would have any jurisdiction over a crime scene that has just occurred. But i guess i'm being nitpicky.
Mandrill heads to a nuclear plant where his mother and father work.
He attempts to cause it to go into meltdown but the Defenders show up and stop him, freeing Val. The Mandrill's mother shoots him, apparently killing him.
She says that his actions pretty much justify the feelings she had about him when she and her husband abandoned him. That may be putting effect before cause, and it's left an open question.
This is Ed Hannigan's last arc. The Defenders is a weird book, and Hannigan's run on it had the same type of inconsistency as David Anthony Krafts. The Tunnelworld arc was just terrible, and overall it wasn't a great run, but there were a lot of good moments. By contrast, J.M. DeMatteis' run will be much more consistent, but also more generic.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This arc starts with the Valkyrie carrying an unconscious Bruce Banner to Kyle's apartment. Dr. Strange only briefly appears in these issues, to lend Bruce Banner a (purple) suit.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showClea, Daredevil, Dolly Donahue, Dr. Strange, Hellcat, Hulk, Mandrill, Milton Rosenblum, Nighthawk, Valkyrie
Fuuny, Hulk has money when Valkyrie doesn't.
Posted by: Droom | May 27, 2014 3:53 PM
Of course the Hulk had money! He was a big TV star back then!
Posted by: Gary Himes | June 22, 2014 11:41 AM
the Mandrill could team up with Purple man and be the skeeviest supervillain power combo.
Posted by: kveto | May 21, 2016 3:23 PM
Mandrill, Mesmerized, and the Purple Man are all rapists. Do you really want these guys to team up?
Posted by: Tim Ross | June 30, 2016 9:59 AM
I meant Mesmero not Mesmerized. Stupid autocorrect.
Posted by: Tim Ross | June 30, 2016 10:06 AM
that was kind of implied when I called them skeevy.
Posted by: kveto | October 6, 2016 10:52 PM
Don Perlin apparently slipped the word shit into a panel from #89.
Posted by: Robert | January 25, 2017 6:54 PM
I would not want to be in the house with the Hulk once those beans kicked in. That would be like the bean-eating scene in "Blazing Saddles" on steroids!
Posted by: Brian Coffey | January 9, 2018 10:11 PM
This is the issue that retcons that the Patsy Walker comics were fictionalized accounts of her life written by her mother.
Posted by: Michael | March 28, 2018 10:34 PM
Added some scans at the top of the entry about the Patsy "magazines". Thanks Michael.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 3, 2018 2:04 PM
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