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.