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Essential Defenders, Vol. 2 (Marvel Essentials) Paperback – December 20, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (December 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121503
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Get ready for another 500+ pages of non-stop non-team action! Essential Defenders vol. 2 collects 16 more issues of The Defenders, plus five crossover issues, four giant-size stories, and a Marvel Treasury featuring Howard the Duck. Beginning with a throwaway issue of Giant-Size Defenders 1 (which is mostly reprints anyway), the real Defenders arc starts in issue 15, with the now-settled lineup of Dr. Strange, Valkyrie (except when she's off in search of her identity), Nighthawk, and (usually) Hulk (Silver Surfer being completely gone and the Sub-Mariner almost completely). They face Magneto and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in their quest to create the ultimate mutant; the Wrecking Crew with the help of Luke Cage, Power Man; and the Sons of the Serpent in an all-out war that swells the non-team roster as never before.

Particularly welcome are the Giant-Size issues, which feature a meeting with the Son of Satan, a confrontation alongside Daredevil with the games-playing Grandmaster, a development in Nighthawk's personal life that leads to a meeting with Yellowjacket and then a faceoff with the Squadron Sinister, and a meeting with the super-cool Guardians of the Galaxy that brings the Defenders to the 30th century to free the human race from the clutches of the Badoon. This 1974-76 run of Defenders was mostly written by Len Wein and Steve Gerber, with the bulk of the pencils by Sal Buscema, and this edition, like all of Marvel's Essentials, is printed in black and white. --David Horiuchi

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There are many other stories in this volume which are very good.
Jason Kerr
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.
mrliteral
The giant-sized issues are enjoyable and probably stood well on their own, but better integrated in the ongoing continuity.
Mark A. Domeier

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Matera on July 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Kerr on May 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on April 21, 2007
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on October 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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