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Defenders, The #3: Review

Dec 1972
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema

Story Name:

Four Against The Gods

Review & Comments

Rating:
5 stars

 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #3 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Doctor Strange offers to help the Silver Surfer trespass Galactus' barrier around the Earth by traveling to a point outside of it through dimensional travel. The Sub-Mariner and Hulk join them and lead by the Master of the Mystic Arts, they enter an inter dimensional channel. But they end up in the plane of the Nameless One!

Before leaving, they see Barbara Denton (who once helped Doctor Strange escape from this realm) trapped in a force field. The Surfer and Strange are able to free her. But a maelstrom from a gaping hole starts sucking the heroes! The Hulk is able to stop his friends from falling until the Surfer gets a hold of his board and takes them to safety.

Suddenly, they all see the women they love: Jarella (Hulk), Shalla Bal (Surfer), Cleo (Strange), and Lady Dorma (Sub-Mariner), trapped in force fields. But it's just a trick from the Nameless One.

Finally, they realize Barbara had become one with the Nameless One! The Defenders download heavy blows on the super villain until they successfully trap his foot in a force field. Strange separates Barbara from the Nameless One but such causes her to become insane.

The Defenders leave with Barbara lead by the Silver Surfer. He wants to return to a location near Earth but outside of the Galactus' barrier. Strange issues the spell to bring them all back to their dimension but somehow they end up on Earth by a castle. The Surfer, still a prisoner of Galactus' barrier, takes off regretting of having asked humans for help.

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Sal Buscema
Jim Mooney
Gil Kane (Cover Penciler)
Gil Kane (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Art Simek.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hulk
Hulk

(Bruce Banner)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

Plus: Barbara Denton, Cleo.