This batch of Defenders issues can't be ranked among the best by any means, but most are fairly interesting. We have the return of Namor, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and Doctor Strange to the line-up (temporarily, at least), along with the addition of characters like Gargoyle, Demon Slayer, Son of satan, and others. While I enjoyed most of these stories, you could tell the writers at this time were starting to run out of ideas. A long stretch of this volume has to do with the Six-Fingered Hand, a cult of devil worshipers who manage to twist Hellcat into their own warrior. It seems to take forever for this to be resolved once and for all. Along with this story, we have several issues of Marvel Team-Up in here that give Nighthawk, Valkyrie, and Demon-Slayer the chance to shine in solo stories. Captain America, the Beast, and Daredevil all stop by for a quick story as well.
The major purchase point for this volume would have to be the final two stories, which give us the death of a major Defenders hero. This hero truly stayed dead for years (though no hero stays dead forever). The bad thing is that they die on the final two pages of this volume, which ends things on a fairly hard note. It should have gone on for one more issue so we could see the funeral and aftermath. As it stands now, the next volume (hopefully there will be one) will begin on a real puzzling note for anyone who hasn't read up to this point. Other than that, it was a fairly standard volume. Nothing that really made it take off, but good reading for Defenders fans out there.