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Defenders #3

Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2005
By: John Hays

Writers: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Artist: Kevin Maguire

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Dormammu has gained the power of Eternity (or is it Infinity…I never can keep track of my Marvel deities). Umar is less than impressed, and decides to go back to her favorite paperweight, the Hulk, and allow him to pleasure her for as long as that can last (I guess the “stronger as he gets angrier” thing doesn’t carry over into passion). Meanwhile, Dr. Strange and Submariner attempt to make their escape while the Silver Surfer continues to ponder the infinite with the local beach bums.

Not much has changed since last issue. Once again, the storyline ebbs and flows like an ocean tide, hitting comedic high points when the Defenders are present and low points when they’re not. Fortunately this time around, there are more moments WITH the Defenders than without, making the overall read a bit more entertaining than last time out.

Maguire’s art is consistent as always, providing hilarious views into the mindsets of the characters. I also got a kick out of the knockoff of Sauron’s tower that got more action than the real one ever did in the movies. I do have to admit, though, that whenever I see David (or is it Bruce…I forget) Banner, I immediately think of Maxwell Lord.

Overall, it’s a pretty amusing issue. I just wish that Giffen and DeMatteis would give up trying to balance drama and humor and let this particular miniseries explode into the full-on humor that made their JLI run so lighthearted and fun.

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