Characters Appearing: Gargoyle (Defender)
Issue(s): Gargoyle #1, Gargoyle #2, Gargoyle #3, Gargoyle #4
But this story reveals that Christians had been delving into mysticism for half his life, which doesn't contradict anything known so far about him, but it seems unnecessary; i like the idea of a regular old guy suddenly thrown into the world of the supernatural and super-heroes. We also learn more about Christians' past; details about his old romances and time in World War I.
DeMatteis goes further and comes up with a whole origin for the Gargoyle body. Instead of just being a body that the Six Fingered Hand created for Christians, DeMatteis gives us a whole story about a Druidic priest who animated gargoyles to resist Christian encroachment, and one of the gargoyles was particularly evil and got away.
Now it wants its body back...
...and tries to tempt Isaac with the prospect of a resurrected lover.
The Druid shows up to help Isaac fight off the evil gargoyle.
Nothing particularly wrong with any of this. But it fails to emphasize what makes Isaac Christians an interesting character now. It's just a bunch of unnecessary backstory.
The highlight of this series is newcomer Mark Badger (he had previously helped out on Power Pack #8).
Badger hasn't done a lot for Marvel (or generally, as far as i can tell) but his loose, moody semi-Mike Mignola-ish style is enjoyable.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this between Defenders #141-142. It's as a good a placement as any, at a time when there's no major crisis going on in the Defenders book.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Wasn't Mark Badger the penciler on this?
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 16, 2012 8:39 PM
And JM DeMatteis was the writer. I think that fnord accidentally posted the credits for the Firestar series under this series. But hey, let him get to it in his own time.
Posted by: Michael | June 16, 2012 9:38 PM
I've fixed the credits on my *stub*! ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | June 17, 2012 1:20 AM
Mark Badger later did the Martian Manhunter limited series for DC(again, I think, with DeMatteis) but his style had become more like superdeformed manga and it was not received well.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 1, 2012 3:10 PM
Chris Warner was the originally announced artist for this book.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 6, 2013 3:50 PM
Never knew about Warner, but Badger does good work here, his style seemingly anticipating Matt Wagner's 'Demon' mini-series for DC the following year.
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