Issue(s): Defenders #35
Belinsky is also secretly a new Red Guardian.
Meanwhile, the Hulk gets impatient because no one seems concerned about finding Bambi..
...so he stomps off in a fit.
Nebulon angrily drops Chondu/Bambi off at the Headmen's new Head-Quarters...
...and they put Chondu's brain in a strange new body. He's got a unicorn horn, chicken legs, a forked tongue, and six tentacles instead of arms.
Valkyrie and Jack go after the Hulk, and they break up a fight between him and the police, but the Hulk feels like the Valkyrie was attacking him more than the police, so he angrily jumps off again. Valkyrie and Jack continue to get closer. She's even about to rest her head on his shoulder when crazy looking Chondu goes flying by.
Chondu injures Aragorn, and Valkyrie brutally attacks Chondu, nearly killing him. When the police arrive, she is arrested.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Hulk appears in Omega the Unknown #2 after he leaves the Valkyrie.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAragorn, Arthur Nagan, Chondu, Dr. Strange, Hulk, Jerry Morgan, Nebulon, Nighthawk, Red Guardian (Tania Belinksy), Ruby Thursday, Valkyrie
Bambi the deer disappears from the book after Chondu's mind is removed.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | July 11, 2011 5:12 AM
The title refers to a line in the old English song "My Bonny".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 21, 2011 3:34 PM
Chondu's transformation here is somewhat similar to the transformation Masque subjected Callisto too.
And Ruby Thursday's MO with organic computers makes me wonder if Donald Pierce ever worked with her at some point!?
Posted by: Nathan Adler | July 25, 2016 5:41 AM
No, because the entire Marvel Universe doesn't revolve around Claremont's Uncanny X-Men.
Posted by: AF | July 25, 2016 6:55 AM
@AF: Here you go judging again. I made the comment on the basis that Claremont might have taken the idea from Gerber. Now stop trolling me.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | July 25, 2016 7:00 AM
There is no conceivable way whatsoever that a story that has nothing to do with Claremont and predates Claremont and Claremont made zero reference to ever is linked to Claremont.
You are genuinely clutching at clutched straws. This literally has nothing at all to do with Claremont and never will. Other writers write stories, y'know? They don't just write stuff to surround the almighty Claremont's work.
Posted by: AF | July 25, 2016 7:16 AM
@AF: The whole reason it predates Claremont's work is why I suggested he was potentially influenced by it. You're welcome to your opinion (feeling sorry for the keys on your keyboard as the anger's dripping off the comment thread), but it's not as if there wasn't a precedent for Claremont taking plot ideas from Gerber and tweaking them for his own characters (case in point Daredevil #105 with Moondragon's backstory of her parents being killed by a "random" space-villain encounter which goes on to become the template Claremont lifts for Cyclops' backstory).
Posted by: Nathan Adler | July 26, 2016 4:51 AM
Posted by: AF | July 26, 2016 7:52 AM
@Dr. Phil: Attempting to pathologise using wikipedia over the DSM-5. IRMC!
Posted by: Nathan Adler | July 26, 2016 8:02 AM
@Nathan Adler: That one, the bit about Moondragon, is more Starlin than Gerber.
Posted by: D09 | July 26, 2016 11:54 AM
And still has nothing to do with Claremont at all.
Posted by: AF | July 26, 2016 12:05 PM
I miss the Red Guardian/Starlight. But thankfully, she and the Presence show up from time to time. The Presence is probably my favorite Defenders villain, with the second being the Lunatik.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | July 26, 2016 12:39 PM
I do like Talia. I think Conway getting rid of her was a fumble but even then she didn't quite stay away from the book. Just never really came back full-time. And hasn't really had a book/place to call her own since. And now she's mostly part and parcel with Presence.
Posted by: AF | July 26, 2016 7:44 PM
@AF: So long and thanks for all the fish!
Posted by: Nathan Adler | July 27, 2016 3:59 AM
I feel like the time for Tania was there, she was in some great Defenders stories, and she and the Presence are remembered for the most respected Quasar storyline. To catch a similar essence to what a new character would mean in contemporary times, I feel like a character reminiscent of the Red Guardian, of Persian origin, would be the way to go, story-wise. I have carried a story for a Sheer-Zan in my head for year, but I honestly don't quite no enough yet to take that compelling spark that would be the torch from Gerber on that concept. I see why Kraft created the Presence and the nuclear god storylines and wonder where else he envisioned them going after #65- or if he chose that story knowing his time on the book was drawing closed and felt the need not to simply leave the plotline hanging for Ed Hannigan.
Posted by: Cecil Louis Disharoon | July 27, 2016 7:39 AM
In my head since 2009 with some drawings and supporting roles in other plots and scripts, I meant.
Posted by: Cecil Louis Disharoon | July 27, 2016 7:44 AM
She had a moderately prominent role in the Darkstar and the Winter Guard series. I think that was her last appearance.
Posted by: AF | July 27, 2016 8:29 AM
Yeah, she got sucked into Limbo along with the Dire Wraith Queen, so she's currently stuck there for now.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | July 27, 2016 9:16 AM
@Nathan Adler: And that one's Douglas Adams, who I don't think was ever involved in comics, just regular novels with some dabbling into music and computer games here and there.
Posted by: D09 | July 30, 2016 8:55 PM
The other interesting bit with Gerber's version of the Red Guardian is that she's a committed Communist, but working outside of the Soviet government and thus regarded as an enemy of the state.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 1, 2017 6:26 AM
Gerber never gets around to explaining what happens to Chondu's original brain after Belinsky removes it from Nighthawk's skull.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 1, 2018 6:01 PM
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