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Defenders, The #2: Review

Apr 2001
Kurt Busiek, Erik Larsen

Story Name:

The Curse

Review & Comments

3 stars

Defenders, The #2 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Other inkers: Dick Giordano. This issue shipped with two covers in equal ratio which was the Marvel SOP at the time. One features Valkyrie by Arthur Adams and another by series artist Erik Larsen. This is a fun issue incorporating many nods to old school Defenders stories. ~ Peter Kowalchick


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #2 Synopsis by Peter Kowalchick
Namor is set to battle Attuma over the Atlantean throne when Yandroth’s curse, bringing the Defenders together when Earth is threatened, plucks him from the battle. At the same time Gray Hulk (Joe Fixit) is speaking with Doc Samson in a pool hall and is plucked along with Doctor Strange who is conversing with Hellcat about the curse. The three are joined by the Silver Surfer, and are deposited in northern Canada. The Hulk and Namor begin to agitate one another and fight. Hellcat goes to see Nighthawk who is training. He tells her of a new mystic he uses named Papa Hagg, and has also located the missing Valkyrie. She was found homeless and amnesiac and does not recognize anyone. Nighthawk and Papa Hagg are working to remove her current amnesia. The core Defenders continue to fight and are disturbed by an old man who fires off a shot. A monster emerges from the ice followed by Pluto, Lord of the Underworld.

Hellcat, Nighthawk, amnesiac Valkyrie and Papa Hagg, locate the Defenders using a mystical orb and see the Defenders fight on against Pluto. Pluto brags about aid they do not suspect. The Defenders are suddenly blasted from behind, the Valkyrie stands revealed, while Nighthawk, Hellcat, Amnesiac Valkyrie, and Papa Hagg look on via mystical orb.

Erik Larsen
Klaus Janson
Erik Larsen (Cover Penciler)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Gray Hulk
Gray Hulk


(Patsy Walker)

(Kyle Richmond)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)


Plus: Defenders, Pluto (Hades), Valkyrie (Samantha Parrington), Yandroth.

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