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Essential Defenders - Volume 2 [Paperback]

Len Wein , Chris Claremont , Steve Gerber , Bill Mantlo , Mary Skrenes , Tony Isabella , Jim Starlin , Don McGregor

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (Dec 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121503
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.9 x 3.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #684,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Defending good taste in comic books July 15 2007
By J. Matera - Published on Amazon.com
Essential Defenders Volume II: from the very start (the confrontation with Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in issues 15 and 16, by far the best ones there) to the ending (Tapping Tommy and the Maggia goons in issue 30) it's a hit!!! Fine storytelling and artwork (especially by a certain Mr. Buscema), rather interesting characters and the "non-team status" that made this a supergroup different from all the others catch your attention and manage never to lose it. Looking forward to Volume III.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Book! May 28 2010
By Jason Kerr - Published on Amazon.com
When I was a kid, the issue that the Defenders ran up against the Wrecking Crew was priceless. The story continued and I never was able to find that crucial next issue to finish the story. Buying this book, I finally got to finish the story and what a story it is. If you want non stop action, check this storyline out! The Wrecking Crew line-up consists of the Wrecker, Bulldozer, Thunderball and Piledriver. These four characters are my favorite bad guys next to the Red Skull. They lack his intelligence but any one of the foursome can knock the Hulk around! There are many other stories in this volume which are very good. I would recommend this volume over the next two due to the strength of the stories. The Defenders had the best looking female team members (Valkryie and Hellcat) but it's good having a rich guy around (Nighthawk) and when things get boring, there's always Dr. Strange and the Hulk to stir the pot. Comic fans, don't hesitate to buy this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun with Marvel's non-team April 21 2007
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Marvel Universe, the big three superhero teams are the Fantastic Four, the Avengers (including various incarnations like West Coast Avengers) and the X-Men (with related teams X-Force, Excalibur, etc.). There were other teams also, and of those, my favorite has always been the Defenders, the "non-team" that had its heyday in the 1970s and `80s and is probably the biggest second-tier team (the Champions and Infinity Watch are definitely less memorable).

Essential Defenders Volume 2 begins to really give the team its identity. In previous issues, it featured several heavy hitters (the Silver Surfer, Sub-Mariner, Hulk and Dr. Strange), all of whom were not team players. Eventually, as this volume kicks in, the Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner have gone their separate ways and have been replaced by Valkyrie and Nighthawk. It's these new heroes who help give the team more character. Also, this volume features the beginning of Steve Gerber's writing run; Gerber, also the creative force behind Howard the Duck, would give the Defenders a little bit of an off-beat quality (although, admittedly, this happens more in later issues).

In this set, the Defenders take on several big villains like Magneto, the Enchantress and the Badoon, along with lesser know villains like the Sons of the Serpent and Tapping Tommy. There are plenty of guest heroes too, including Son of Satan, Luke Cage, Spiderman, the Human Torch, the Thing, Daredevil and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

While it might be too much to say that this is really great writing and art, most of the material is at least good and it's all fun reading. For another look at what made Marvel entertaining thirty years ago, this is a good book to pick up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ridding the Universe of Evil Intent Oct. 30 2008
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
The Silver Surfer has flown off and Sub-Mariner has nearly floated out of the story lines, but this eclectic squad still packs a punch in this hefty volume of 616 pages that covers 1974-1976.

Hulk, Nighthawk, Valkyrie and Dr. Strange comprise the roster, though "free agents" like Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy and Howard the Duck make appearances to provide quirky twists while ridding the universe of individuals with evil intent in their deeds.

The collection includes The Defenders #15-#30, Giant-Size Defenders #1-5, Two-in-One #6-#7, Team-up #33-#35 and Treasury edition #12. This team may have their issues in the "clubhouse," but they work as one when a tough task needs to be done.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great "Defenders" tales Aug. 6 2008
By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Essential Defenders Volume 2 is good fun, nicely mixing straight-up 1970's superhero stories with a peppering of the strange and offbeat. Highlights include a reprint of an actual 1940's-era Submariner story (embedded within an issue of Giant-Size Defenders that appears early in the volume), and a classic team-up with Howard the Duck. I liked the fact that, as I moved through this 500-plus page collection, I never knew what I was going to get... a quirky one-part adventure highlighting one team member, a multi-part science-fiction epic with a couple of guest stars, a story heavy on horror elements, a satire with a talking duck, etc. I got all that and more. And I enjoyed lots of great art along the way, too (shout outs to Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson). Fun, fun stuff. In fact, I think I'm about ready for Volume 3 now.

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