Defenders (1972-1986) #146 by Peter B. Gillis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Introducing new villain Hotspur, who seems to have been taking fashion advice from Adam Ant, and featuring the artistic efforts of guest artist, Luke McDonnell…this issue was actually far better than I was expecting it to be. At first I thought this was going to be something of a duff fill-in affair, and the first few pages didn’t exactly fill me with hope as McDonnel takes a while to find his stride, but by the end of the book he’s rendering a group of seemingly enchanted revellers dancing around what appears to be hellfire quite beautifully.
Gillis does his usual great job of getting inside everyone’s head, as Angel’s blindness leads them to visit Dr Strange in search of a cure, and the sub-plot regarding the mysterious Andrea from the previous issue finally comes to a head and we discover who she really is.
All in all this series continues to be excellent and I’m so glad I started reading through this run. The stunning Frank Cirocco cover is just a bonus!