Hey there all, X FINALLY here with the first review of the night. Yes, it's up about four hours later than I usually post stuff, but better late than never, right? Eh. Anyway, first up tonight is the first issue of the new Defenders comic written by Matt Fraction. I was one of the people who actually enjoyed Fear Itself for what it was, and I'm hoping Defenders continues Fraction's strong work as of late...
Summary: This issue kicks off proper with the Hulk coming to Dr. Strange for help. What could possibly lead to the Hulk asking ANYBODY for help? Nul, Breaker of Worlds, the being Hulk had merged with during Fear Itself, was still around due to Hulk breaking free of Nul's influence before the Serpent was killed(it happened in the Fear Itself: Hulk vs Dracula mini, fyi). Hulk tells Strange that as much as it irks him he couldn't help out since he was worried that coming into close proximity with Nul may force the two to bond again. Strange gathers Namor and the Silver Surfer and Hulk recommends Strange take his wife, She-Hulk(or Red She-Hulk), to replace the muscle they would be lacking without Hulk... What is it with Marvel heroes just lending out their wives to super-hero teams?! Anyway, Strange realizes that he needed transportation and turns to Iron Fist and his snazzy new airplane to handle that, thus adding Iron Fist to the team. After compiling some data on Nul sightings, it turns out that Nul was marching towards Wundagore Mountain, which could have severe repercussions seeing as that Wundagore had a mess of crazy energies within it. While the Defenders are flying towards Wundagore, the airplane goes dead and gets shot out of the sky. The Defenders manage to land with no real damage done to themselves, at least until Iron Fist is shot by Prester John(who seems to be working for Nul) and several of the High Evolutionary's manimal creatures.
Thoughts: Huh. I didn't like this one. Go figure. I mean storywise, I see great potential here. Nul is a huge threat, one that would definitely give this band of heroes a run for their money. And the team itself(well, expect for Red She-Hulk, I'd have MUCH rather regular She-Hulk) is good. However, there were just oodles of things that I thought were wrong. The characterizations for so many characters seemed off somehow. Namor was fine, but Iron Fist was in some sort of bizarre Tony Stark mode, and the Surfer... I don't have a clue what's going on with him... Last I knew, he was depowered and living in Broxton, Oklahoma, in Mighty Thor, a series WRITTEN by Matt Fraction! Then add Prester John to top everything off, who, last I recall, had ceased being a bad guy and had worked with Cable on Providence... In a way, reading this issue felt like something out of the Twilight Zone... It was all just somewhat off. I'm still holding out hope for this series, because like I said, the story here could be great, but for me, this issue didn't start off on the right foot.
Score: 5 1/2 out of 10.So wait, did I miss something in Mighty Thor concerning the Surfer or something?