Secret Avengers Vol 1 14 Textless
Mr. Cage -- STOP! Another blow could kill him!
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Luke Cage (Earth-616) from Hero for Hire Vol 1 14 0001
Luke Cage
Now ain't that a coincidence? That's just what I was hopin'! A crud like him doesn't deserve to live.
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Appearing in "The Serpent Sheds Its Skin"

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Synopsis for "The Serpent Sheds Its Skin"

Son of Satan and Power Man are transported via Clea's magic and the Eye of Agamotto to the location of the captured Defenders, and free them from captivity. Meanwhile, a blind Hulk and Daredevil continue to battle the Sons of the Serpent to save Valkyrie, with the help of Jack Norriss. During the fight, the Hulk's vision returns and DD and Jack manage to battle the Serpents into retreat, and save Valkyrie.

In a California trailer park, an Elf with a Gun kills a young couple.

Meanwhile, exploring the Serpents' base, the other Defenders find a secret passage leading to the office of J.C. Pennyworth, Kyle Richmond's aide, and discover evidence that proves Pennyworth has been using the Richmonds' fortune to fund the Serpents. Confronting Pennyworth, and asking him why he'd join a white supremacist group when he's black, he explains that he was trying to "escape" his own people. After confronting Pennyworth, the group then dismantles the rest of the Sons of the Serpent. However, it is a sour victory for Nighthawk, who flies away after the battle.


  • Cover art: Hulk and Power Man heads by Romita.
  • This issue contains a letters page, Defenders Dialogue. Letters are published from G.C. Hoover, Michael Blake, and Brian Murphy.

See Also

Links and References

  • The Defenders: Grand Comics Database [1]


  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks

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