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Book Title: Avengers / Defenders War|
The author of the book: Steve Englehart
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Reader ratings: 7.7
Edition: Marvel Comics Group
Date of issue: October 10th 2007
ISBN 13: 9780785127598
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The Dread Dormammu and Loki conspire to dupe the Defenders into gathering the five fragments of The Evil Eye so that they can use it to cause the Dark Dimension from engulfing Earth. However, Loki has second thoughts and tells the Avengers The Defenders mean to use the Eye to rule the universe. Can even the impending doom of the universe stop The Avengers/Defenders War?
I've known about this crossover for years but never read it. Fortunately, the local V-Stock had a buy one get one free sale on their used graphic novels so I was finally able to read this piece of comics history on the cheap.
In the days of yore, aka the Silver Age of comics, crossovers were a rare thing and ones that spanned multiple issues of two titles were unheard of. Steve Englehart, who was writing both The Avengers and The Defenders at the time, cooked this one up.
At the time this was written, it was a pretty big deal. Like many crossovers, it's largely an excuse to have super heroes fight each other before settling things and going after the true villains. The Defenders split up to find the fragments of the Evil Eye and the Avengers split up to stop them, so there is a lot of hero on hero action. Vision and the Scarlet Witch battle the Silver Surfer, Iron Man battles Hawkeye, Doctor Strange takes on Black Panter and Mantis, Swordsman fights Valkyrie, Captain America battles Namor, and Thor goes one on one with the Hulk for the first time in a decade or so.
Once the dust settles, The Avengers and Defenders go after their common foes, Dormammu and Loki, but not before the Dark Dimension begins encroaching on earth. The final chapter, with Earth being overcome by the Dark Dimension, reminds me of the end of most Marvel movies and had the epic tone I'd been wanting the whole time I was reading the book.
The art is top notch for the time period. I wasn't bonkers for Steve Englehart's writing in this one, although it was fine for 1973. This was first time something of this scope was attempted so it was bound to be a little rocky. I think with the amount of characters Englehart was juggling, he did pretty well. I've read a lot of worse crossovers since then, some written fairly recently.
I don't think The Avengers/Defenders War stands the test of time as well as some other comics from the time period but it's an interesting milestone in the Marvel universe and I'm glad I read it. 3.5 out of five stars.
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Read information about the authorSteve Englehart went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. After a stint in the Army, he moved to New York and began to write for Marvel Comics. That led to long runs on Captain America, The Hulk, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, and a dozen other titles. Midway through that period he moved to California (where he remains), and met and married his wife Terry.
He was finally hired away from Marvel by DC Comics, to be their lead writer and revamp their core characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern). He did, but he also wrote a solo Batman series (immediately dubbed the "definitive" version) that later became Warner Brothers' first Batman film (the good one).
After that he left comics for a time, traveled in Europe for a year, wrote a novel (The Point Man™), and came back to design video games for Atari (E.T., Garfield). But he still liked comics, so he created Coyote™, which within its first year was rated one of America's ten best series. Other projects he owned (Scorpio Rose™, The Djinn™) were mixed with company series (Green Lantern [with Joe Staton], Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four). Meanwhile, he continued his game design for Activision, Electronic Arts, Sega, and Brøderbund.
And once he and Terry had their two sons, Alex and Eric, he naturally told them stories. Rustle's Christmas Adventure was first devised for them. He went on to add a run of mid-grade books to his bibliography, including the DNAgers™ adventure series, and Countdown to Flight, a biography of the Wright brothers selected by NASA as the basis for their school curriculum on the invention of the airplane.
In 1992 Steve was asked to co-create a comics pantheon called the Ultraverse. One of his contributions, The Night Man, became not only a successful comics series, but also a television show. That led to more Hollywood work, including animated series such as Street Fighter, GI Joe, and Team Atlantis for Disney.
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