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Defenders, The #83: Review

May 1980
Ed Hannigan, Joe Sinnott

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End Of The Tunnel

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4 stars

Defenders, The #83 Review by (April 2, 2024)

Review: So everything is wrapped up in the fantasy epic with some crazy imagery (a giant Hulk head), oddball characters (a guy with big wings on his head shouldn’t be able to walk upright much less fly—which he can’t do anyway), and some pseudo-philosophical musings (remember, Ytitnedion spelled backward is No Identity). Meanwhile we’ve been shown the Mutant Force, Nighthawk’s legal woes, hints about Patsy’s mother, and some other bits to lay some groundwork for Earth-based adventures. Next up: Black Panther guest stars so things should be good.

Comments: Part six of six parts. Final appearances of Tunnelworld and Aeroika. Ed Hannigan stated that he based the winged guy’s name on “Eroica,” the title of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, inspired by Napoleon. Mutant Force was introduced in CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #4; previously seen here in issues #78-80. The Force members are Burner (fire powers), Peeper (super eyesight), Lifter (strength), Shocker (electrical powers), and Slither (snake-man). Kyle’s lawyer, Milton Rosenblum, was first seen in issue #74. Other Hulk enemies seen in his mind are Thor, Abomination, Doc Samson, Zzzax, Bi-Beast, Locust, and a few too small to identify.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #83 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In Tunnelworld, Doctor Strange returns to his physical body hidden in the palace sewers and returns to the throne room to rescue his captive wizard pal Xhoohx. Alas, he discovers his friend is dead, slain by Ytitnedion after the failed rescue last issue. Strange takes the body and finds Sub-Mariner and Aeroika to show them why they must keep fighting for freedom. The following day, the heroes make the announcement to the public that Ytitnedion has been overthrown and they are free. The reaction of the crowd is mixed, some rejoicing, others believe that a change of ruler will not make any difference in their lives. Dr. Strange blames this attitude on the real evil, the Unnameable….

Meanwhile, in New York, the US Intelligence Services are cutting a deal with the captive Mutant Force members, offering amnesty for their agreeing to work for the Feds….

Patsy (Hellcat) Walker and Valkyrie go out for a day’s shopping; while enjoying a soda at a yogurt bar, they become aware of a bank robbery outside. The two swing into action, Val destroying the getaway car’s motor with her sword and Hellcat taking down the hoods with some acrobatic moves. They return to the shop to discover their packages have been stolen….

At his lawyer’s office, Kyle Richmond expresses outrage at his arrest for donning his Nighthawk costume and helping his friends; Milton Rosenblum explains how he is lucky that this hasn’t made the news….

Back in Tunnelworld, the Defenders and company are at the frozen extremity of this world, where the Unnameable is at his strongest. Dr. Strange deems this the appropriate place to bury Xhoohx so they do, with a brief ceremony. A blizzard arises, Ytitnedion murders his guard and tries to escape. Strange casts a spell that makes the Orb of Ommennon expand until they are all enclosed in it. Strange battles the villain, Aerokia discovers he can fly, Hulk, still controlled by the Unnameable, helps Ytitnedion get away from the good guys by flying away on his Nillfim-Bird. Strange and Namor see a giant image of Hulk’s face grow before them; small Hulk and his bird fly through the pupil of a giant eye so the heroes follow. Inside is the Hulk’s mindscape where Strange, Namor, and Aeroika battle memory images of Rhino, Absorbing Man, Harpy, the Leader, and many other Hulk foes. They are victorious in single combat but eventually overwhelmed, Dr. Strange conjures up a massive deluge to wash the baddies away. Hulk attacks Namor, the giant bird fights Aeroika, Ytitnedion takes on Strange. Dr. Strange, though, realizes that the Unnameable depends on illusion to rob others of their identities. He casts a spell to see only the reality of Hulk’s brain and so performs surgery to remove the villain’s name from that brain. Things return to normal, Hulk is himself again, the Unnameable defeated. Ytitnedion, unable to remember his master’s name, jumps into the void. The others all prepare to go home again….

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Joe Sinnott
Joe Sinnott
Bob Sharen
Rich Buckler (Cover Penciler)
Joe Rubinstein (Cover Inker)
George Roussos (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Don Perlin. Letterer: John Costanza.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Patsy Walker)

(Bruce Banner)

(Kyle Richmond)


Plus: Defenders, Milton Rosenblum, Mutant Force.

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