Issue(s): Defenders #95
His powers have always been increased at night, and it turns out this is enough to remove his paralysis. He's still paralyzed in the daytime, though.
With his paralysis temporarily removed, Nighthawk finally notices the Gargoyle, who apparently has been practicing reciting his origin in 25 words or less.
Daimon Hellstrom performs a ritual at Hellcat's mother's grave, and they confirm that her mother made the deal with Avarrish to let Hellcat become possessed, in return for her not dying. The fact that Hellstorm was able to exorcise Patsy meant the deal didn't go through. Not exactly a pleasant thing to find that your mother tried to bargain away your life to a demon in exchange for her own.
The Defenders gather to figure out their next move when Dracula shows up and starts attacking.
It turns out he's been possessed by the Six Fingered Hand demons. After he's fed from the possession...
...they form an uneasy truce and go after the demon, Puishannt, and vampire, Gordski, who set this in motion.
Gordski has a horde of vampire minions.
Hellstorm, who started off talking smack to Dracula (Hellstorm: "My father need not toy with you, pig. He could swat you down where you stand." Dr. Strange: "Daimon, please!"), in the end warns Dracula away because of their truce before he speeds up time to bring the daylight that destroys all of Gordski's vampires and exorcises Puishannt.
The idea that the Defenders would allow Dracula to walk away is a bit odd, and Roger Stern will sort of follow up with that in his Death of All Vampires storyline in Dr. Strange by suggesting that Strange's memory of this encounter is suppressed by Mephisto at the conclusion of the Six Fingered Hand storyline.
Fun to see Dracula show up, but this plotline is still dragging.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue opens with the Defenders returning from their battle with the Gargoyle last issue, so no Dr. Strange issues should appear in between. Takes place concurrently with the back-up story in Thor #311 (see References), but the main story in Thor #311 takes place after Avengers #212, whereas Defenders #98 has to take place before Avengers #211. So i have to assume that the Thor #311 back-up takes place earlier, concurrently with this issue, while the main Thor #311 story takes place further ahead.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showClea, Dr. Strange, Dracula, Gargoyle (Defender), Grimgerta, Hellcat, Hellstorm, Nighthawk, Valkyrie, Valtrauta, Wong
With his paralysis temporarily removed, Nighthawk finally notices the Gargoyle, who apparently has been practicing reciting his origin in 25 words or less
When he (Kyle) refers to Hal Foster, it seems a non-sequitir, but in fact many have noted that the Gargoyle resembles Etrigan the Demon, whom Jack Kirby based on a demon disguise from a Hal Foster Prince Valiant tale.
Posted by: PB210 | October 15, 2013 6:21 PM
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Posted by: Luis Dantas | April 26, 2015 2:30 PM
One thing I found baffling was that in Tomb of Dracula #70, a good portion of Castle Dracula was destroyed in the explosion set off by Quincy Harker, but in this story the castle looks like it suffered no damage at all. What gives?
Posted by: Matt | January 9, 2018 9:11 PM
Nighthawk was a kid favorite for some reason of mine.....maybe it was the subscription part where is said, "All Titles are Mailed Flat!". I think the writer JM must've been a big Peter Cushing fan, it reminded me of his vampire movies where the action just jumped off.
After the Defenders hit over issue 106, it fell off.
Posted by: Cinque | February 28, 2018 11:18 AM
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