Issue(s): Defenders #116
The Overmind helps Dr. Strange continue to feel better about his break-up with Clea...
...by insisting that Strange mystically spy on the relationships of the other members of the Defenders. Scenes include a brief bit scene with Vision and the Scarlet Witch leaving the team...
...the Beast and Vera working out their relationship...
...Valkyrie and Namor briefly exploring their feelings for each other before Namor ultimately cuts things off...
...Hellstorm running off after he expresses feelings for Hellcat...
...and Dolly Donahue and the Gargoyle forging the beginnings of something.
Since it's somewhat more down-to-earth, this is one of DeMatteis' better issues.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Must take place after Doctor Strange #55. Much of this issue is a flashback that occurs directly after Defenders #115. There's an unresolvable continuity problem in this issue. In the flashback, Vision & Scarlet Witch reference needing to get back to New Jersey. During this time period, the Hulk is still unintelligent. But in Marvel Two-In-One annual #7, Vision & the Scarlet Witch are still living in a hotel in New York City. The Hulk has Bruce Banner's intelligence in that issue. The only way to fix that is to assume that the "back to New Jersey" reference here doesn't specifically mean to their house. It'd be nice to think that they're going house shopping, but the Two-In-One annual seems to indicate that Vision is about to broach the subject of buying a house for the first time. However, in that issue he's interrupted before he finishes his sentence so we don't know exactly what he's going to say. So i guess we'll go with that. Ugh. This Defenders run has caused me no end of trouble (see the continuity note in Contest of Champions, for example, as well as what we've had to do with the Hulk comics).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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I think Namor's blowing off Valkyrie because of his undying love for Lady Dorma is just him avoiding a relationship with a woman who's taller than him. Certainly later depictions of Namor make him more of a player, one who certainly didn't embrace a life of celibacy out of memory for a lost love.
Posted by: Gary Himes | August 9, 2013 9:10 AM
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