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Defenders, The #29: Review

Nov 1975
Steve Gerber, Vince Colletta

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Story Name:

Let My Planet Go!

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4 stars

Defenders, The #29 Review by (June 22, 2021)

Review: Oddly, there are no Guardians on the cover…but everything is wrapped up anyway, with a mystical (and incoherent) explanation why the Defenders go back to their own time and the Guardians head back into their own comic. Most of the characters aren’t used very well, a shame that there’s so many of them, but it’s a natural hazard when one has two teams joining forces. Mostly fighting and I’m worried about the Emperor’s ex-wife who was saved by Hulk only to be deposited back where she came from. Again, too many characters and too many plot lines to tie up before we all head home.

Comments: Part five of five parts. Starhawk next appears in MARVEL PRESENTS #3-12, joining the Guardians of the Galaxy. That issue #3 relates the final defeat of the Badoon and the beginning of the Guardians’ solo series. The host of the game show is named Mon-Tee, a gag reference to Monty Hall, longtime host of LET’S MAKE A DEAL. Hulk dislikes the name he has been saddled with by the TV show, Mr. Green; he would adopt the name many decades on in his career. The letters page includes one from future Marvel editor Ralph Macchio.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #29 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Valkyrie and Vance Astro are teleported back to Earth where they find their comrades, Martinex, Nighthawk, and Charlie-27, about to be executed by a Badoon firing squad. The two heroes unleash their powers, defeat the Badoon, and free their associates. Escaping, they run headlong into another band of Badoon but this time, Martinex freezes them in their tracks…literally. As they lay plans for their next move, they break the news to Val that Doctor Strange is dead…

…except he isn’t, as his astral form heads for the planet where…

Hulk and Yondu are being forced to perform on the violent game show, “Super-Death Sweepstakes.” The Emperor has a wife who has displeased him so he hands her over to die with Hulk. The two are teleported to a frozen waste where they are attacked by huge robotic ants….

Interlude: Starhawk arrives home on domed homestead on an asteroid. He is greeted by his three children who ask anxiously whether he is going to stay this time. He consults his wife Aleta in Limbo, as they are bonded and only one can appear at a time. But it is not the right time and Starhawk must continue his journey….

On Earth, Defenders Valkyrie and Nighthawk, with Guardians of the Galaxy Charlie-27, Vance Astro, and Martinex, assault the Badoon military HQ while on the ice planet, Hulk, unable to bound away from the metal ants by a force field, instead smashes them all to pieces, including the mountain. Teleported back to the TV studio with the female victim, Hulk prepares to smash everyone there but has and Yondu are teleported back to Earth to find themselves fighting Badoon alongside their comrades….

Aboard the starship Captain America, Jack Norriss comes out of hiding to find Dr. Strange apparently dead—but he receives an even greater shock when Strange returns to his body. Strange is going down to Earth and Jack insists on going along to fight for his homeworld. Strange is skeptical but takes him along to join the battle. The heroes defeat the Badoon leaders and free the humans from the prison camps. Then Strange and Jack teleport all over the world, liberating all of the prison camps so that the humans rise up against their alien overlords. When they are done, Starhawk appears to them and informs them that the Defenders (plus Jack) must return to their own time; Jack sees some mystical quality in the hero and realizes that’s true, as does Dr. Strange. With a final gesture, Strange casts a spell that causes all of the Badoon to fall asleep. Strange then takes the Defenders home, complaining that the war isn’t over but Strange can’t explain it to them. Neither can Jack Norriss….

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Vince Colletta
Vince Colletta
Glynis Wein
Ron Wilson (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Sal Buscema. Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

(Kyle Richmond)


Plus: Charlie-27, Defenders, Jack Norriss (Jackson Norriss), Martinex, Starhawk (Stakar Ogord), Vance Astro (Major Victory).

> Defenders, The: Book info and issue index

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