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Defenders, The #1: Review

Aug 1972
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

I Slay By The Stars

Review & Comments

5 stars

Defenders, The #1 Review by (November 2, 2020)

Comments: First appearance of Necrodamus; his next appearance is in AVENGERS #128. This story is a sequel to the events shown in DR. STRANGE #183, SUB-MARINER #22, and INCREDIBLE HULK #126. The Omegatron was stopped in MARVEL FEATURE #1, the first appearance of the Defenders. The Undying Ones next appear in issue #20.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #1 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Hulk finds Namor unconscious, and summons Doctor Strange for help. The Master of the Mystic Arts arrives to find out that the Sub-Mariner is surrounded by a mystical barrier. Suddenly, a small humanoid sorcerer called Necrodamus shows up to explain his mission is to kill Namor to avenge his master, the Nameless One. Necrodamus then vanishes promising to return in one hour.

Hulk and Doctor Strange try breaking the barrier holding Namor in vain. Necrodamus returns and takes Namor to a cavern. Hulk and Strange follow but they are attacked by the Demon of the Dark. Hulk defeats the monster and reaches Necrodamus. All of this is been witnessed by the Nameless One from his dimension. Necrodamus increases his size and battles the green giant, stabbing him with a magical blade. Doctor Strange realizes that the mystical barrier is permeable to air so he introduces water vapor in it. The condensed water wakes Namor up, who breaks the barrier that was weaker from the inside.

The Sub-Mariner attacks Necrodamus while a wounded Hulk turns into Bruce Banner. Necrodamus needed stars in perfect alignment to kill Namor. But Banner is able to avoid the sacrifice in the nick of time. Angry, Necrodamus shrinks and vanishes.

In flashbacks: Night-Crawler.

Preview Pages
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Sal Buscema
Frank Giacoia
Sal Buscema (Cover Penciler)
Jim Mooney (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Bruce Banner
Bruce Banner

(Robert Bruce Banner)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

Plus: Demon of the Dark, Necrodamus.

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