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1681: Defenders #2 (v1)

" The Secret of the Silver Surfer! "
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Defenders #2 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: John Verpoorten
Letterers: John Costanza
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: October 1972
Release Date: July 1972
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 283                 Times Rated: 170
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Issue Blurb
The search for the Silver Surfer is on but has so far proved fruitless. Just when their quarry is within their grasp Strange and Namor let him slip away, but not before a clue to his whereabouts sets them on the right path.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Iron Man #56 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Sub-Mariner #57 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Fantastic Four #133 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
  The Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer last appeared in Thor #193 (v1). The Silver Surfer next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Wong last appeared in Marvel Feature #2 (v1). Wong next appears in Marvel Premiere #4.
Omegatron last appeared in Defenders #1 (v1). Omegatron next appears in Defenders #4 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #1 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #3 (v1).
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Issue Review
   September 30, 2013
Another winner.

Two months on from Issue One and The Defenders are still looking for The Silver Surfer. Or, at least, Namor is. With occasional assistance from Dr. Stranger. The search is yielding nothing, and then... the Surfer finds them! (Handy, that.) This leads to a battle between Namor and the Surfer. The battle could be seen-it-all-before boring, instead it's fast-paced and interesting. Maybe it's just cos I love these characters and find their squabbling interesting. Who knows?

Before long, Namor and Dr. Strange are back at Strange's place trying to pick up on the trail of the Surfer again. Again, it must be said: these characters are cool. There's something special about their team up. And it only gets better (a page later) when they add Hulk to the team.

They do eventually find The Silver Surfer and they do accuse him of being part of the bad stuff that happened in Issue One. His denial, and the argument, make very interesting reading.

Then we have the twist, which explains everything that has been going on. It's a big twist. And, to be honest, it is a tad far-fetched. Not so far-fetched, however, that it takes away from my enjoyment of the issue, or of the final battle. 9/10
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  Canuck Says:    
  2013-02-06 22:23:32  
  "First Hulk has dumb cape--now he has mittens" Hahahaha  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-06-28 12:24:58  
  -"Yellow-face one"

Who knew Hulk was a racist?

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-15 21:54:38  
  That has to be the best display of raw power I've seen in one team so far.  

  Magik_Rune Says:    
  2014-12-05 12:30:15  
  Hulk <3  

  MrRsBB Says:    
  2015-01-20 04:43:43  
  Art is average. I'm not so sure this villain justifies being thwarted by this much firepower. It just kinda felt like a step along the way of a bigger quest. There are a few redeeming signs here (ie: Hulk with Cloak of Levitation & Dr Strange riding him. (2)  

  CeeNote12 Says:    
  2015-02-19 21:59:07  
  The cover is cool and story pretty good. I'm sure stories will continue to get better and better. After reading the Infinity Gauntlet & related stories its weird to see Doctor Strange & Silver Surfer as virtual strangers in these early stories.  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2015-03-06 08:58:30  
  The best moments for me were the splash pages of Surfer's return at the beginning and the four-on-one strike at the end. Some of the banter between the quartet is fun, but Namor and Hulk tend to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation, which can get tiresome.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-24 21:37:37  
  The Hulk completely made this issue. Love his simple and honest dialogue.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-28 21:01:57  
  That was thoroughly entertaining, from Strange riding a flying Hulk, to all the banter and good battles. My only complaint would be that Doc Strange, being the Sorcerer Supreme should not need help in a one on one battle with another human sorcerer.  

  jwerth Says:    
  2015-08-20 23:25:22  
  I thought the moment when the villains revealed themselves was surprisingly creepy. Otherwise, the heroes were great and the bad guys boring. This is still the best team-up in all of Marvel.  

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-04-09 20:06:37  
  3 stars for Namor wiping out the Surfer's rad moves in the pipeline!!!

Cover Me - Calizuma's costume is colored different, and his hand turned green from the spell!!!

Spread 'Em - Great image of Surfer leapfrogging Namor!!!

Bros - For a minute there, I thought Strange was going to show Namor his man cave!!!

Jaundice - @Drax: Ironic that they're actually colored right for this issue!!!

Opening Act - Calizuma??!!! Sounds like a 90's jam bad, or a Red Hot Chile Peppers song...

'Nuff Said - "Shut up, monkey! Hulk does not want to hear you!"-Hulk, who doesn't monkey around...

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-15 18:18:21  
  I think the purpose of the story was to get the Surfer into the fold. And yeah, his presence puts this motley little crew into a whole other power class. They were pretty formidable with just the three of them before, too.

But the villain here was just kinda meh. The whole battle seemed pretty anti-climatic, other than the banter between the team members. The Defenders actually have some excellent chemistry, but it'll be tough for the creators to come up with some worthwhile opponents.

3 stars. One thing for sure: the Hulk here is starting to steal scenes like he did in the first Avengers movie!

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-07-03 06:56:05  
  I got through a surprising amount of this without hating the Surfer, that's the longest he's probably ever spent not whining. And then he went and spoiled it all.  

  metsguy Says:    
  2017-12-31 12:07:50  
  Namor: Hulk, donít attack the ape men! They might be peaceful.....Silver Surfer, Iím gonna kick your a$$!  

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Essential Defenders, Volume 1
This collection includesMarvel Feature #2 (v1), Marvel Feature #3 (v1), Defenders #1 (v1), Defenders #2 (v1), Defenders #3 (v1), Defenders #4 (v1), Defenders #6 (v1), Defenders #5 (v1), Defenders #7 (v1), Defenders #8a (v1), Defenders #9 (v1), Defenders #10 (v1), Defenders #11 (v1), Defenders #12 (v1), Defenders #13 (v1), Defenders #14 (v1), Avengers #115a (v1), Avengers #116 (v1), Avengers #117 (v1), Avengers #118 (v1), Doctor Strange #183 (v1), Sub-Mariner #22 (v1), Sub-Mariner #34 (v1), Sub-Mariner #35 (v1), Incredible Hulk #126 (v1), Marvel Feature #1a (v1)
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Date User Name Update
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Silver Surfer.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Hulk.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for The Sub-Mariner.
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Doctor Strange.
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