Secret Defenders: A Gathering of Heroes Review
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Wait now, hold up, June is Avengers month at The Book Closet.
What’s this Defenders book doing on here?
This doesn’t star Avengers.
This stars Nomad, a Captain America/ Avengers supporting character.
And Wolverine, the X-Men, and Avenger.
And Spider-Woman… the Avenger.
And Doctor Strange, the Avenger.
And finally Darkhawk The reserve Avenger.
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So, today on Avengers month, we’ll be reviewing the first 3-issue arc of Secret Defenders, A Gathering of Heroes.
In a lot of other ways, this comic is a culmination of few things we’ve been discussing up till now on this site.
“The Defenders,” different from the new Netflix interpretation, started as a “team only when they needed to be” originally made up of the Hulk, Namor, and the Silver Surfer led by Doctor Strange.
When this series picks up, that group has been disbanded for several years and Doctor Strange has gone into hiding as a result of the events of The Rise of the Midnight Sons and his involvement with that group (in fact this issue subtly crosses over with an issue of Morbius that Strange appears in).
Since he’s in hiding, he can’t contend with the threats he would normally deal with in the Marvel Universe…
So he begins to bring seemingly-random assortments of heroes together in pairings best-suited to deal with each individual threat, sometimes without their even knowing it.
Just look at that cover from the first issue: there’s Strange, in the background, his hands like a puppet-master pulling the strings.
Doesn’t that just say it all?
In many ways the involvement of Strange makes me …