Good grief! If this isn't the nadir of early 90s comic books, I don't know what is. I don't mean to pick on that particular decade, as there were many fine comics produced at the time (and I was actually a pretty big fan of the Surfer's series), but this one is beyond terrible. I'll admit that I haven't read the other chapter in the 'Return of the Defenders' saga, so maybe it all ties together beautifully - but I'm doubtful. It's a fairly typical convoluted Marvel crossover storyline that my 36-year old brain has trouble follow. I don't mean to complain too much about the story, as I wanted to reserve the balance of my venom for the artwork. Lots of artists doing the neo-Image through came through Marvel's revolving doors at the time, but I can't think of a worse effort than the one by Tom Morgan in these pages. In particular, there is one sequence involving Namor, sunglasses and a convertible that would be rejected by a fanzine. I don't want to get one of those Internet jerks who just bitches about everything - but this was a pricey book back in the day, and it's just ugly. Some nice pin-ups at the back manage to act as a salve. Avoid.
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