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Appearing in "War Below the Waves!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #7.

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Synopsis for "War Below the Waves!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #7.

Running into Hawkeye in the streets, the Defenders engage in a brief battle with the bowman, until it's realized that they're all on the same side. Explaining his recent troubles and leaving the ranks of the Avengers, Hawkeye likes the idea of the Defenders, and asks to join them.

Traveling to Dr. Strange's Sanctum, they are informed by Wong that Strange is not home. There they are visited by one of Namor's followers who informs them that Attuma is going to attack the surface world. Going to the beach where Attuma is launching his attack, the Defenders are deserted by the Hulk who does not wish to go into the water.

The group is captured along with marine biologist Prof. Jennings. Taken aboard Attuma's ship they are separated from Namor, and learn that Attuma is working with the Red Ghost, and that they plan to use the Ghost' knowledge of cosmic rays and Jenning's marine biology expertise to create a cosmic powered aquatic army to take over Atlantis. Val and Hawkeye manage to break out of their cells, however just before they can attack the Red Ghost, he sends Namor (who has been brainwashed) against them.

Appearing in "...If Atlantis Should Fall!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #8.

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Synopsis for "...If Atlantis Should Fall!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #8.

Continuing from last issue... Red Ghost and Attuma have captured the Defenders Sub-Mariner, Valkyrie, and Hawkeye along with Professor Jennings in an attempt to capture Atlantis. The Red Ghost has managed to turn Namor into his mindless slave and sets him against his two comrades, who are easily defeated and prepared to be subjected to the same treatment.

Two weeks later, Dr. Strange has returned to his Sanctum Sanctorum to inform Clea and Wong that he has found a method that may free the Black Knight from his stone prison and so begins summoning the Defenders to aid, however the only Defenders he is able to rouse are the Silver Surfer and the Hulk. While back under the sea, Red Ghost and Attuma have finished their mind control over the captured Defenders and are plotting to use them in their attack against Atlantis. On the surface, as the other Defenders mull over what to do about Val and other others, the Hulk mentions he might know where they went. Dr. Strange casts a spell to help the Hulk remember, and learns that they were captured by Attuma and taken under the sea, and the Hulk didn't go after them because he is afraid of water. Putting the Hulk to sleep, the Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange fly off to rescue their captured comrades.

The two heroes arrive just in time to see that their friends are being used as pawns in Attuma's attack on Atlantis. Freeing their friends from the Red Ghost's mind control, Dr. Strange and Silver Surfer then combine their powers to block the flow of cosmic rays into Earth's atmosphere which causes the Red Ghost's powers to fade. The Defenders make quick work of Attuma and the Red Ghost, then turn back the invasion against Atlantis. With their foes defeated, the Defenders leave to return Professor Jennings home.

Appearing in "The Avengers Vs. The Defenders Chapter 4: Divide... and Conquer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #9.

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Synopsis for "The Avengers Vs. The Defenders Chapter 4: Divide... and Conquer"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #9.

Continuing from the events in Avengers #116... The Silver Surfer has returned to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum with the first fragment of the Evil Eye. He informs Dr. Strange that he met opposition from the Avengers. Using the Orb of Agamotto to check out what is going on, Dr. Strange gets an image that Loki is involved, and unaware that the Swordsman has reformed and joined the Avengers ranks, believes the Avengers may be under some evil influence. Dr. Strange orders the Surfer to stay behind as he leaves to aid the other Defenders in collecting the other fragments of the Evil Eye.

Meanwhile, back on the island of Rurutu, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch report in to the other Avengers, informing them that what Loki had told them was "true" and to be on the alert of other members of the Defenders that may stop them from collecting the parts of the Evil Eye that they are trying to collect themselves.

Appearing in "The Avengers Vs. The Defenders Chapter 9: Breakthrough! The Incredible Hulk Vs. The Mighty Thor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #10.

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  • Loki (Main story and flashback)
  • Dormammu (Main story and flashback)

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  • Asti
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Synopsis for "The Avengers Vs. The Defenders Chapter 9: Breakthrough! The Incredible Hulk Vs. The Mighty Thor"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #10.

Continuing from Avengers #117... The Hulk and Thor have arrived in Los Angeles, California both searching for the final fragment of the Evil Eye. When the two find each other and end up clashing until they are stopped by the arrival of both the Avengers and the Defenders who have now formed a truce after comparing notes.

Appearing in "A Dark and Stormy Knight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #11.

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Synopsis for "A Dark and Stormy Knight"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #11.

Continuing from the events of Avengers #118... The Defenders and the Avengers have defeated Dormammu and Loki and have reclaimed the Evil Eye. Dr. Strange, not wanting the world at large to know of the Defenders existence erases Nick Fury's mind before he and his fellow Defenders depart from the Avengers in order to attempt to free their comrade the Black Knight. Returning to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, Dr. Strange uses the eye on the stone statue of the Black Knight. Strange himself is turned into a statue and his astral form explores the other worldly domain that held the Knight's soul. Not finding it there, Dr. Strange returns to tell his friends when they all find themselves transported to the 12th Century in the middle of the Crusades.

There they are met by the Black Knight, who is alive and well and living through the body of one of his ancestors. Escaping an army of attacking Arabs and their Gnome warrior Temax, the Defenders are told what is going on: That Mordred the Evil has betrayed King Richard the Lion Hearted to the Arabs and his is now their prisoner. Disguising themselves the Defenders sneak into the Arab's castle and end up fighting an army of Gnomes and to free King Richard from Mordred and the Arab mystic named Chandu.

During the battle, the Defenders manage to defeat the gnomes after discovering their weakness to be water. However, during the battle the Evil Eye is taken from Dr. Strange by Mordred who is about to use the device when suddenly Pastor John (Who is from a time before he possessed the Evil Eye itself) appears to seize the device. With Mordred defeated, the Black Knight decides to stay behind and continue to fight in the Crusades, and Pastor John returns the Avengers to their own time. Once back in their own time, Hawkeye, Hulk, Sub-Mariner and the Silver Surfer all decide to leave the Defenders, leaving Dr. Strange and Valkyrie behind.

Appearing in "The Titan Strikes Back!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #12.

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Synopsis for "The Titan Strikes Back!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #12.

Wandering in the woods, the Hulk is attacked by Xemnu the Titan, who has once again returned to Earth. Using it's vast mental powers, Xemnu knocks the Hulk out with a telekinetic barrage of debris from the forest, however before passing out, the Hulk is able to send out a mystic summons to Dr. Strange for help.

Back in New York, at Dr. Strange's Sanctum, Strange presents Valkyrie with a new sword -- Dragon Fang -- to replace the loss of the Ebony Blade which she relinquished to the Black Knight. Receiving the Hulk's distress call, Strange and Val travel to the town of Plucketville, run by mayor Amois Moses.

Strange and Val then notice that the towns people are not what they seem, and soon discover that Moses is really a disguised Xemnu who is plotting to fly the people of Plucketville to be host bodies to a new race of Titans. Freeing the Hulk, a battle erupts between Xemnu and the Defenders. In the aftermath, Xemnu's plot is foiled, and as Xemnu tries to escape the Hulk throws the alien's rocket at him causing an explosion that seemingly kills Xemnu.

Afterwards, the thankful Hulk considers "dumb magician" his friend and the three Defenders walk depart for home.

Appearing in "For Sale: One Planet -- Slightly Used!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #13.

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Synopsis for "For Sale: One Planet -- Slightly Used!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #13.

Nighthawk drops in on the Defenders, and after a brief battle he informs them of the events that brought him to Dr. Strange's Sanctum: He and the rest of the Squadron Sinister were restored and gathered by the mysterious alien being known as Nebulon who was seeing super-powered beings to "sell" the Earth to him. The Squadron then agreed to build a device that would melt the Earth's polar ice-caps and flood the planet as part of the conditions of sale. Finding such a plan too horrible, Nighthawk refused and was banished from the meeting however Nebulon insured that he could not warn the Avengers, making Nighthawk invisible Earth's mightiest heroes. Overhearing them speaking of the Defenders, Nighthawk would instead seek their aid.

Needing extra muscle on this mission, Dr. Strange teleports Namor to their side, and the group battle to stop the Squadron Sinister from activating the device, however in the course of the battle they are trapped in mystic bubble by Nebulon.

Appearing in "And Who Shall Inherit the Earth?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #14.

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Synopsis for "And Who Shall Inherit the Earth?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #14.
Nebulon (Earth-616) from Defenders Vol 1 14 001

Nebulon's true form

With the Defenders prisoner of the Squadron Sinister and Nebulon, Hyperion explains how Nebulon recruited and rescued him from the sub-atomic world in which he was banished to by Thor. When Nighthawk tries to prevent the Squadron from executing the Defenders, he is placed in the prison globe with them, and Nebulon has it shot into space.

Freeing themselves, the Defenders battle the Squadron and Nebulon, during the course of the battle Dr. Strange blasts Nebulon with a mystic bolt that reveals the alien's true form. With everyone shocked by the true form of Nebulon, Nighthawk uses the moment to fire the ray used to melt the icecaps at Nebulon, the resulting explosion seemingly destroys Nebulon and the other Squadron Sinister members. The device explodes seriously injuring Nighthawk, however he is healed by Dr. Strange, and accepted into the ranks of the Defenders.

Appearing in "Panic Beneath the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #15.

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Synopsis for "Panic Beneath the Earth!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #15.

As Nighthawk settles into the ranks of the Defenders with a new costume, Valkyrie once more expresses her desire to leave the team to sort out her identity crisis. However, things are cut short when they are contacted by Professor Xavier, who is seeking aid to stop Magneto's most recent plot.

Traveling with Xavier to Magneto's hidden lair, the group ends up fighting his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and are captured. Breaking free, and fighting the Brotherhood again, they are too late to stop Magneto from awakening his most recent creation: Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant.

Appearing in "Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #16.

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Synopsis for "Alpha, the Ultimate Mutant!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Defenders #16.

Unleashing his newest creation, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, Magneto and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are able to easily defeat the Defenders and Professor X. Taking the rapidly evolving Alpha to the United Nations Building in New York, Magneto plots to hold the United Nations hostage until Mutants are made rulers of Earth. He uses Alpha to lift the UN building high into the air.

Freeing themselves from the rubble of Magneto's collapsed base, the Defenders and Professor X travel to the UN and do battle against the Brotherhood. The Defenders are no match for the still evolving Alpha, who's powers enable it to warp reality. However, when Alpha evolves to a state above that of Mutants, it stops and uses it's powers to judge which faction is worth punishment. Deeming Magneto and his Brotherhood evil, he reverts them to the age of children before restoring the UN and flying off into space to find his place among the stars.

Appearing in "The Way They Were!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Defenders #1.

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Synopsis for "The Way They Were!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Giant-Size Defenders #1.

Curious about her teammates past heroics, Val is given a glimpse of their pasts via a spell cast by Clea. Little knowing that with each view into the past, each hero is transported to a limbo dimension where they relive the past adventure viewed. While Hulk deals with a mystical confinement, Namor must battle phantom Nazi airships and Strange battle a phantom Mr. Rasputin. Freeing themselves, Dr. Strange manages to break the spell and warn Clea against using the spell ever again. This story reprints the following stories:
Hulk's temporary mental bonding to Rick Jones from Incredible Hulk #3, Sub-Mariner's youthful battle against Nazi airplanes in Sub-Mariner Comics #41, and Dr. Strange's battle against Mr. Rasputin from Strange Tales #145.

Appearing in "Below Us the Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #115.

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  • Troglodytes (First appearance)
    • Skol (First appearance)
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Synopsis for "Below Us the Battle!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #115.

Travelling to England to search for their missing comrade, the Black Knight, the Avengers are stopped by the British division of SHIELD because they are carrying the Swordsman and Mantis aboard their Quinjet. Explaining that the Swordsman has reformed, they decide to grant him temporary amnesty while in Britain.

Arriving at the Black Knight's castle, they find that it's protected by an invisible barrier. Their presence near the castle alerts the attention of Skol and his army of Troglodytes, a group of underground dwellers who were forced into living under the castle for centuries. They capture the Avengers and take them prisoner, where they are blamed for the barrier blocking their path as the Troglodytes used an underground entrance into the castle to steal food.

After battling a giant insect, and fighting off the attacking Troglodytes, Skol surrenders to the Avengers. The Avengers, however, decide to help the Troglodytes out by making arrangements with the British government to aid these underground dwellers. With Skol's problems dealt with, and the knowledge that the Black Knight was taken from his castle by costumed beings, the Avengers leave England to continue their search for the Black Knight.

Appearing in "The Avengers Vs The Defenders Chapter 2: Betrayal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #116.

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Synopsis for "The Avengers Vs The Defenders Chapter 2: Betrayal!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #116.

This is a continuation of the story started in Defenders #8... The Avengers have traveled to Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum seeking work with Dr. Strange, however all attempts to get inside have been met with resistance both from Dr. Strange's manservant Wong, and the mystical protections cast upon the house.

In the Dark Dimension, Dormammu savors the fact that he has tricked his mortal foe, Dr. Strange, into collecting the fragments of the Evil Eye for him. Loki, being denied the restoration of his vision (for now) by Dormammu reflects on the past events that led to this current situation: How he had teamed up with Dormammu and tricked the Defenders into setting out to collect the fragments of the Evil Eye (destroyed by the Human Torch some time ago) thinking that it would be the means to free their friend the Black Knight who is currently trapped in stone, when in reality, it would allow Dormammu to take over Earth's dimension. Using the Orb of Agamotto, Dr. Strange was able to pinpoint the different fragments and so the Defenders split up to seek them out.

Fearing being double crossed by Dormammu, and figuring if he would take over Earth, Asgard could be the demons next target, Loki decides to seek the aid of the Avengers. Appearing before them at Avengers Mansion, Loki explains to the Avengers that the Defenders are seeking out the fragments of the Evil Eye for sinister ends, and so the Avengers split up into groups to intercept each member of the Defenders in hopes of stopping them.

Appearing in "Holocaust"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #117.



Synopsis for "Holocaust"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #117.



Appearing in "The Avengers vs. The Defenders, Chapter 11: To the Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #118.

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Synopsis for "The Avengers vs. The Defenders, Chapter 11: To the Death!"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Avengers #118.

'Continuing from Defenders #10...' The combined might of the Avengers and the Defenders were unable to prevent Dormammu from collecting all the fragments of the Evil Eye in an attempt to merge the Earth with the Dark Dimension, now they must fight through hordes of demons as the two realms begin to merge. They are joined by Nick Fury and the agents of SHIELD; until members of SHIELD themselves begin to be changed into demons. The heroes press onward in hopes of stopping Dormammu from finalizing the transition.

Deep in the Dark Dimension, Dormammu unleashed the full fury of the reassembled Evil Eye, and when Loki asks Dormammu to restore his vision, the god of mischief is betrayed and imprisoned by Dormammu. The Watcher appears then appears, but informs Dormammu that he has only come to view the events and not get involved. Meanwhile, the Avenges and Defenders have to fight through an army of Mindless Ones as they progress deeper into the Dark Dimension. While in Earth's dimension its many protectors and menaces band together to fight off the invasion from the Dark Dimension.

The Avengers and Defenders manage to finally reach Dormammu, but their attacks are easily repelled by the power of the Evil Eye. However, while Dormammu is distracted by the heroes, Loki uses it as an opportunity to strike at Dormammu from behind. While the two struggle, the Scarlet Witch is able to strike Dormammu with a hex bolt, which causes his essence to be sucked into the Evil Eye. The beam from the Evil Eye then trains on Loki restoring his vision and making him go mad.

With the battle won, the merging of Earth and the Dark Dimension ceases and everything is restored to normal. The Defenders leave with the Evil Eye in hopes that it may hold the key to freeing their friend the Black Knight while the Avengers are left to deal with the now mad Loki.

The Defenders tale concludes in Defenders #11, while the Avengers continued in the next issue.

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Footnotes

  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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