Appearing in "Darkness on the Edge of Time!"
- Defenders (Earth-8394) (First appearance) (Only in flashforward)
- Silver Surfer (Earth-8394) (First appearance) (Only in flashforward)
- Doctor Strange (Earth-8394) (First appearance) (Only in flashforward)
- Hulk (Earth-8394) (First appearance) (Only in flashforward)
- Sub-Mariner (Earth-8394) (First appearance) (Only in flashforward)
- Galactus (Galan) (Mentioned)
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Synopsis for "Darkness on the Edge of Time!"
The original Defenders—Dr. Strange, Hulk, Sub-Mariner, and Silver Surfer—are shown Earth in the 24th Century, where it has become a wasteland. The Elf then takes them to stand before the Tribunal. Back on Earth, SHIELD arrives at the Vision and Scarlet Witch’s house to take custody of Cloud, Seraph, and Harridan. Beast is concerned about the return of the Secret Empire and tries to convince the Vision and Scarlet Witch to join the Defenders against this common enemy, but they are committed to living as a normal couple and have no interest in joining another super-hero team. Meanwhile, the Tribunal explains that they have taken a form that the Defenders can comprehend. They exist outside of time—yet throughout all times—and act as sort of an anti-body to the universe, seeking out disease and eliminating it wherever and whenever they can. They created the Elves to serve as their physical agents on Earth, giving them a form that was familiar throughout mankind’s history. The first Elf With A Gun used his time-displacement gun to remove people from the timestream whose existence posed a threat to Earth’s future, until he was hit by a truck. Determining that the Defenders were the focal point of the problem with Earth’s future, the Tribunal posed as a government agency that was investigating the group. Then, they created a mechanical “time-buoy” to pose as Kyle Richmond’s nurse, Luann Bloom, to monitor the Defenders more closely. When the Defenders demand proof that they are responsible for Earth’s fate, the Tribunal shows them a vision of an alien spaceship that lands on Earth. Dr. Strange investigates and finds out that the aliens’ prince, Ch’kra, has fallen ill and the aliens have taken several Earthlings to drain their life-energies and cure him. The aliens are peaceful and mean no harm, but they need their prince to lead them, and only human life-energy can restore him to health since the disease he suffers from originated on Earth. Strange attempts to communicate with the aliens, but they assume he is an enemy and capture him. Strange’s astral self contacts Namor, the Surfer, and the Hulk for help. They attack the spaceship in order to free Strange and the other captive humans, but they are stunned to find that the aliens have all committed suicide.
The lead-in to Vol 1 125 as we learn the entire secret behind the Elf and the Tribunal, and the reason why the Defenders must break up.
- Cover pencils and colours by Plunkett, inks by Weiss.
- Scheele is credited as Christy Scheele.