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1684: Defenders #5 (v1)

" World Without End? "
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Defenders #5 (v1)
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Editor-in-Chief: Roy Thomas
Cover Artists: Sal Buscema
Writers: Steve Englehart
Pencilers: Sal Buscema
Inkers: Frank McLaughlin
Colourists: Glynis Wein (Oliver)
Letterers: Charlotte Jetter
Editors: Roy Thomas
Cover Date: April 1973
Release Date: January 1973
Story Arc: -
Pages: 20
Cover Price: $0.20
Times Read: 296                 Times Rated: 184
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Universes:   Earth-616  
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Issue Blurb
Having been recently returned to the mortal plane, Valkyrie ponders her existence and her place. Dr. Strange sets her on a path that will lead to both conflict and self discovery.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Doctor Strange next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
  The Sub-Mariner
The Sub-Mariner last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). The Sub-Mariner next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
  The Hulk
The Hulk last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). The Hulk next appears in Incredible Hulk #161 (v1).
Valkyrie last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Valkyrie next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Supporting Characters
Namorita last appeared in Sub-Mariner #57 (v1). Namorita next appears in Sub-Mariner #59 (v1).
Clea last appeared in Marvel Feature #2 (v1). Clea next appears in Marvel Premiere #5.
  Betty Dean-Prentiss
Betty Dean-Prentiss last appeared in Sub-Mariner #57 (v1). Betty Dean-Prentiss next appears in Sub-Mariner #61 (v1).
  The Black Knight
The Black Knight last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). The Black Knight next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Aragorn last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Aragorn next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Omegatron last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Omegatron next appears in Defenders #69 (v1).
Group Appearances
The Defenders
The Defenders last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). The Defenders next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Ebony Blade
Ebony Blade last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Ebony Blade next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Cloak of Levitation
Cloak of Levitation last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Cloak of Levitation next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
Eye of Agamotto
Eye of Agamotto last appeared in Defenders #4 (v1). Eye of Agamotto next appears in Defenders #6 (v1).
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Issue Review
   October 11, 2013

It starts off with Valkyrie wandering around being depressed about her lot in life when she gets attacked by some random bad guys. I hate when stuff like that happens. Too random.

Anyway, Doctor Strange shows up and offers her a (strange) means of finding Namor and Hulk to... talk to them about friendship.

It also happens that Namor and Hulk are vanishing just as our heroine meets them. Luckily she's able to track them down and there's a battle at the end and other stuff. And none of it makes any great sense.

It just stumbles on and on and on, and it's a bit of chore to read.

Very poor stuff. 2/10
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  Kez Says:    
  2012-10-17 08:01:25  
  I feel like they could have done more with that whole countdown thing. In the end it was a real anticlimax.  

  john54542 Says:    
  2012-12-20 21:50:52  
  Yeah the countdown story could have been so much more, but for me, what a cool story to synchronistically read on 12/20/2012! World without end?  

  spencer617 Says:    
  2013-08-08 08:24:59  
  The story was only decent, but the characterization was top notch. I really enjoyed this one.  

  leisch Says:    
  2014-02-15 22:41:36  
  The confrontation at the end went by too fast, but all in all a good issue.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2014-08-16 18:05:34  
  The Hulk is still funny. "Girl wants to talk about group again!"  

  chrys Says:    
  2014-09-22 20:47:47  
  This Valkyrie is a blank slate and it still took them 30 seconds to make her in love with someone she didn't even interact with. Really?  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-03-25 11:16:06  
  The buildup to this point was good, but the conclusive battle left a lot to be desired. That being said, it was still really good.  

  bharbeke Says:    
  2015-04-15 06:48:55  
  This was not a great story. In fact, I'd call it a little hokey or cheesy. The continuity is handled well, bringing in details from other books while standing on its own.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2015-05-28 22:02:42  
  This was very much Valk's story, and it was needed to show that she could be a key part of the team. That being said, she made the others look silly by defeating something so easily that they could not handle before. Also Strange isn't even there for the final battle.
@chrys I'm pretty sure her infatuation with him is due to a love spell being on him at the time that she was created. Or maybe he's a really good kissing statue.

  Locust75 Says:    
  2017-04-17 10:12:04  
  3 stars for the Defenderbots defeating the evil Omegatron!!!

Splash - Valkyrie sure is pointy...

Needy - Black Knight better watch out when he wakes. Val's already taking over his stuff! What's next, using his toothbrush?!!

Cat Fight - I wouldn't mind seeing Val and Clea tussling...lets say pillows at ten paces...

Tough Broad - I like that Val was about to use the Ebony Blade on the Hulk!!!

Mission Accomplished - So, they're just going to leave Omegatron in the ocean with a bomb still capable of destroying the Earth??!!!

'Nuff Said - "You'd desire it if you'd never had it, Sub-Mariner!"-Vixen Valkyrie

  dadoodoflow Says:    
  2017-05-04 06:26:58  
  - Now Playing "World Without End" Jobriath

  Russ Says:    
  2017-06-18 18:10:25  
  So it takes cleaning up another one of Doc's messes (well, the entire Defenders team really, if you think about it) for the rest of the team to consider her as one of them. As long as they don't ask her to do windows or clean toilets.

I liked Nita teaming up with Valkyrie on this adventure. Since the Defenders is essentially a loose congregation of heroes to begin with, it makes sense to have associates working with them on occasion. Or, maybe Nita was simply bored since that little sailor boy from Sub-Mariner #54 wasn't there.

3 stars. Val's potential is through the roof here. But you think the Black Knight would accept Aragorn going off with a new master when he wakes up?

  Katryn Says:    
  2017-07-04 01:13:15  
  I like that Valkyrie is genuinely bringing something to the team. Although what happened to the weapon she had last issue? Did she drop it for something better? That's going to be awkward if Strange can get the Black Knight de-petrified.  

  Marksman Says:    
  2018-03-23 23:39:39  
  I imagine the monologue by the Omegatron to be akin to talking to the sloths in Zootopia.  

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Essential Defenders, Volume 1
This collection includes Marvel 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
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes Added Eye of Agamotto listing.
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes Added Cloak of Levitation listing.
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes Added Ebony Blade listing.
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes
   February 9, 2018 TStarnes
   November 20, 2017 TStarnes
   January 31, 2014 Drax Updated the listing for Valkyrie.
   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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