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Essential Defenders Volume 5 TPB [Paperback]

Don Perlin , Mike Zeck , Jerry Bingham , Steve Ditko , Herb Trimpe , J. M. DeMatteis , Mike W. Barr
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4 Aug 2010 Essential
The further adventures of the team that's not a team! Hulk! Dr. Strange! Namor! Silver Surfer! Hellcat, Valkyrie, and Nighthawk! Son of Satan, Devil-Slayer, Clea, Gargoyle, and the Beast! As several Defenders struggle to manage the mistakes of their past, the team must face their deadliest threat, the demonic cabal, the Six-Fingered Hand! Guest-starring Dracula, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Spider-Man, Mr. Fantastic, Daredevil, Thor, Captain America, and Wonder Man! Versus the threats of Nebulon the Celestial Man, Secret Empire, Null the Living Darkness, the Serpent-Men, and more! Collects Defenders (1972) #92-106, Marvel Team-Up (1972) #101, #11, #116, and Captain America (1968) #268.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (4 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145370
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The team face their inner demons, literally. 18 Oct 2010
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This volume collects a series of tales from 1981-1982 including several issues of Marvel Team-Up where Spider-Man joins up with various team members, starting with a "ghost" from Nighthawk's past seeking vengeance, then later Devil-Slayer and Valkyrie, along with Thor, join Spider-Man.
There are so many changes to the line-up here. Ostensibly led by Dr Strange, the starting team of Nighthawk, Valkyrie, Hellcat and Clea are soon joined by the Son of Satan, Devil-Slayer and a Gargoyle as well as by original team members Hulk, Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner. The stories also feature appearances by Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, the Avengers, Wonder-Man, Beast, Mr Fantastic, Captain America and Daredevil.
As befits the odd nature of many of the team most of the tales here involve some sort of mystical threat firstly to the entity Eternity then Nebulon re-appears.
The highlight is the 7 issue tale leading up to the 100th issue with a group of demons joining together to form the Six Fingered Hand, the team even form an odd alliance with Dracula and Dr Strange goes inside the mind of the Man-Thing in the run-up to the 100th issue bringing the bulk of the team together as the secret of the Hand is revealed and the team face 4 manifestations of the ultimate evil.
The Defenders have always had a darker side and plenty tragedies are played out here. Throughout these tales the team all struggle with demons from their past, Nighthawk's guilt over his drink-driving accident, Devil-Slayer's past as a hit-man, The Gargoyle's loss of his humanity, the death of Hellcat's mother and the revelation of her father's possible true identity and the Son of Satan's fairly obvious family issues.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Defenders reach their century 10 Nov 2010
Another outing for Marvels most under-rated team but this edition, like volume four, falls short of the superb standard of the first three essential collections. That in itself isn't a major criticism as that sheer level of quality could never be maintained over a hundred issues. As is the norm with these volumes this is great value for money with 19 comics collected within its pages and this will probably be the penultimate collection as I believe the comic stopped somewhere around #135.

My big complaint with this is that it seems to be a sloppy collection. As well as 15 issues of The Defenders it contains 3 issues of Marvel Team-Up. One of these ends in a cliffhanger which isn't resolved in this edition and the next tale, also from the pages of Marvel Team-up is the second part of a story of which the first part isn't included. I don't know if this is a oversight which will be rectified in future reprints of this book but surely it would have made more sense to finish the first two-parter and not include the end of the second story than to dip into two of them like this.

In the main though this is still a good read. The team is made up of an eclectic mix of characters and some old favourites return. It does seem when reading old Marvel stories that the Sub Mariner ends up invading the surface world on a regular basis; its a wonder he never had his super-hero licence revoked. Nevertheless this is entertaining stuff and comes recommended. If you haven't read the previous Defenders collections this wouldn't be the place to start but if you have, then like me you are probably relishing catching up with characters and stories you remember from childhood. Nothing here to match the Defenders-Avengers war of issues gone buy but even an average issue of the Defenders beats most other comics, so why not buy this, kick back for a couple of hours and enjoy reliving your youth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous installments but still worth getting 21 Dec 2010
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Defenders vol 5 isn't as strong as a volume as some of the others but its still a solid collection of stories. This Defenders story covers the Defenders fighting the Six Fingered Hand and I have to agree with the other user who thought it wasn't that interesting. Although the story goes gain some momentum at the end so I believe it was worth going through a few lack luster issues for. (Although if it was its own separate trade I wouldn't get it)

After dealing with the Six Fingered Hand Arc. (Which despite seeming to be pretty long doesn't take up that much space) The team deals with some other threats and some of the individual members team up with Spider-Man in some decent but hollow stories. I just expected more from this trade because of the fact that the Defenders had reached its 100th issue and thought they would do more then what they did with it. Although at the same time I thought it was a very nice issue.

I will still continue to collect the Defenders (While no listing has been given I believe the Defenders ran for at least 135 issues) I won't probably reread this collection as much as the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars six fingered goodness 22 Jun 2011
By Kim Aparicio - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a few of the single issues of the "Six fingered hand saga" and when vol. 5 of Essential Defenders was finally published, I had to have it. These 7 issues (which make up a bulk of the book) showed us just how different the Defenders were from your typical "go beat up the super-villains" team. If you like your comic stories more towards the supernatural side (ie. dr. strange, ghost rider, tomb of dracula) this book is for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The death of a major Defender 11 Dec 2010
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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