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Defenders, The #4: Review

Jun 2001
Kurt Busiek, Ron Frenz

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Ride Of The Valkyrie

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2 stars

Defenders, The #4 Review by (February 15, 2010)
Silver Surfer "narrated" this issue until the last panel, which was narrated by omniscient 3rd party. Erik Larsen participated in the script.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #4 Synopsis by Dan Marco
The Defenders are fighting the dead, while Pluto & Lorelei are dueling over Valkyrie (whom we learn later really is Valkyrie II), when the Valkyrior ("the Asgardian Choosers of the Slain") show up, led by Valkyrie as Brunnhilde. The Valkyrior join the battle against the dead (following a recap of Valkyrie's history). The Defenders turn their attention to Pluto & Lorelei. The Defenders want Pluto & Lorelei to let Valkyrie (II) alone; Pluto tells Valkyrie to attack the Defenders; Lorelei tells Valkyrie to attack Pluto. Hulk and Namor want to go to Valkyrie's assistance, but Doctor Strange keeps them back, as Valkyrie is going into overload over Pluto's & Lorelei's mental commands and breaks free of both their controls. Pluto threatens Valkyrie, but the Defenders back her up. Pluto & Lorelei prepare to attack, but Zeus shows up and yells at Pluto for Pluto's actions re being on the earthly plane (which breaks their prior agreement). Zeus yells at Lorelei also, and prepares to punish them both, but Pluto & Lorelei join forces to magically escape. Brunnhilde informs the Defenders that Zeus healed the rift between Hades and Earth, and the battle is over. Valkyrie says, "No it is not over." She feels bad for the civilian who lived on the mountain where the battle took place and was killed by Pluto. She says that since he wasn't a warrior he can't go to Valhalla, but he deserves a place to rest; since he loved the mountain, she decides to bury him there. Valkyrie (II) says she will find her own place in the world, but Brunnhilde strongly suggests that Valkyrie II join the Defenders as she once did when she was new to the world. Brunnhilde gives Valkyrie her horse Aragorn (since he was from Earth in the first place). Namor reiterates that the Defenders are together only by duress and will split up again as soon as the curse can be lifted. Conversely, Nighthawk welcomes Valkyrie II into the Defenders. Brunnhilde leaves with the rest of the Valkyrior. Namor wants the rest of the Defenders to come with him to rescue Atlantis from Attuma; Dr. Strange says that they well, but not right now because they need to study and get rid of the curse first. After Namor asks Hulk for his assistance, Hulk blows a raspberry at Namor. Namor flies away in a huff to rescue Atlantis alone. Hulk jumps away because there's nothing else to fight. Silver Surfer flies away, saying "I am heartsick - and tired of humanity." The rest of the Defenders fly back to New York with Dr. Strange.


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Ron Frenz
Scott Hanna


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Patsy Walker)

(Bruce Banner)

(Kyle Richmond)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)


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

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