Characters Appearing: Beast, Cutlass (Detective), Gargoyle (Defender), Hannibal King, Hellcat, Hellstorm, Rufus T. Hackstabber, Typhoon (Detective)
Issue(s): Defenders #148
It returns to the zany style of Gillis' earlier issue, #133, and features the return of Typhon and Cutlass from that story.
The Marvel Appendix says of those characters: "I had to read Cutlass and Typhoon's stories four times before I could claim to understand the plot well enough to explain it to someone else." I haven't read this four times, so i'll just tell you it's a zany over-the-top murder mystery that features overt Groucho Marx tribute character Rufus T. Hackstabber (who originally appeared in some Master of Kung Fu issues)...
...and also has two characters, Minnie Bannister and Henry Crun, that (Appendix again)...
...were recurring characters in the surreal 1950s BBC radio comedy "The Goon Show", played by Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. They were an elderly couple who, like most of the characters, did whatever the plot required. Having Min want to become a vampire and Henry as a private detective certainly wouldn't have been too unusual for a Goon Show plot.
I wouldn't want every issue to be like this, but it's a weird little break and i enjoyed it.
In addition to current Defenders Beast and Gargoyle...
..it also features Hellcat and Hellstorm...
...plus Hannibal King (in basically a cameo).
The McGuffin of the plot is the Lesser Grey God statue...
...a relic created by the Six-Fingered Hand which is said to have the power to reactive curses, and the Minnie Bannister wanted to use it to restore Hannibal King's vampirism so that he could make her a vampire.
The one seen in this story is a fake and it turns out the real one is the hood ornament of Hackstabber's cab.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this in the same break in Defenders as the Gargoyle mini-series, between issues #141-142.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I was excited to check-in on Hellcat and Hellstorm but that was all ruined when I saw the return of Cutlass and Typhoon. Thank god they never appeared again.
Posted by: AF | January 12, 2016 11:02 AM
The issue was written by regular writer Peter Gillis and inked by the regular inker Art Nichols, and since issue #146 was drawn by a fill-in artist (Luke McDonnell) without interrupting the regular plot, i'm sure there's a story behind this issue, but i don't know what it is.
The story itself is garbage and should have been binned. Or at least, dumped into the pages of Marvel Fanfare.
Posted by: Jesse Baker | October 18, 2016 6:37 PM
Gillis obviously didn’t properly research the Six-Fingered Hand storyline, because Daimon says that he and the others were contacted because of their involvement in that story, but Beast was barely involved during that time, and was still with the Avengers.
Not only that, but Valkyrie should have logically been included in this story. Such a shame, since she missed out on catching up with her BFF Patsy.
Posted by: Matt | April 5, 2018 3:21 PM
-They never really did it right, you know, that Val -and Thor and Hercules all the times they did it over the years- should have been EXTRA tres powerful v. demons...
Posted by: BU | April 12, 2018 5:34 PM
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