Issue(s): Defenders #66, Defenders #67, Defenders #68
Anyway, back to this arc.
The plot is basically that the guy with the best hat in all of Asgard decides that as his prize he ought to get to rule Valhalla.
The Valkyrie is split in half, with her evil Barbara Norriss side teaming up with hat-guy. Nighthawk and Hellcat literally die in a car accident in order to join Val in Hel (and act like completely incurious idiots when the evil Val dupes them into working for her for a while), and the Hulk is brought to Asgard as well. They fight, the Hulk destroys a mountain...
...and hat-guy is defeated. This process also exorcises the Barbara Norriss persona permanently, making Valkyrie a real Asgardian Valkyrie once and for all (and possibly the Brunnhilde of Wagner's Ring Cycle, although there already was a Brunnhilde appearing in older Thor comics).
Hannigan's art is actually pretty good this story. I don't know if Patterson is a good inker for him, or if he's just more inspired by the Asgardian setting, or if it's just a case of "you only miss them when they're gone"...
...but his writing isn't so great and neither is Trimpe's art.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Hulk starts this arc being pursued by the military. We know from Hulk #243 that the Hulk appearance here occurs after that issue and before Daredevil #163, and the pursuit by the military works well with the knowledge that Talbot is not back in charge of Gamma Base.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): showBarbara Norriss, Harokin, Heimdall, Hela, Hellcat, Hulk, Nighthawk, Odin, Queen Casiolena, Valkyrie
The title to #68 references the Warren Beatty film "Heaven can Wait".
David Kraft quickly went on to form Fictioneer, the publisher of the long-running and well-respected Comics Interview. He's the 3rd Marvel guy to start his own publishing company; the others being Mike Friedrich and Bill Black.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 3, 2011 5:51 PM
For what it's worth, the spelling of Barbara and Jack's last name, which varied a little at first, was standardized as "Norriss" pretty early on.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | August 19, 2016 4:08 PM
Posted by: fnord12 | August 20, 2016 11:18 AM
When did Steranko start his magazine?
Posted by: Omar Karindu | August 20, 2016 12:24 PM
Steranko's Comixscene/Mediascene/Prevue started in either 1972 or 1973.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | August 20, 2016 2:20 PM
Oh! Just as a point of order, Fictioneer was something Dave Kraft created while still in high school, when he became a literary estate executor of Otis Adelbert Kline, though it is correct that he published Comics Interview through Fictioneer. So technically, he was the 2nd Marvel guy to start his own publishing company- he just hadn't started at Marvel yet. His first work there was drawing George Perez's first full-color gig, Creatures On The Loose.
Posted by: Cecil | August 20, 2016 4:26 PM
Argh, obviously with Perez around, Dave the Dude did the writing, and George Perez drew the issues- as if longtime fans didn't auto correct that. Ha ha! And I did mean, the yellow underlined names posted here will lead you back to the blogs and websites of those posters.
Barbara was already set up for a status quo as a college student, which added significantly to the story engine, so
Sometimes in this period, it's hard to tell how much of the story reflects what the readers loved and wanted and how much lay with the creative teams' whims. I think what the writer wants is generally prime throughout Marvel history, and then sales and certainly fan mail might create speculation as to which parts of the "formula" could be refined to greater success.
Posted by: Cecil | August 20, 2016 5:56 PM
Not to nitpick, Cecil, but Jack Norriss was hardly "gone with Gerber," being an integral part of the Scorpio arc culminating in #50.
Posted by: Matthew Bradley | August 22, 2016 2:25 PM
You're right, I was thinking about him only in relation to Barbara.
Posted by: Cecil | August 22, 2016 10:27 PM
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