My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Well, the cover’s very nice…
Sigh, this was…not great. It’s confusing story that really fails to build on anything else in this run, Cloud’s origin kinda comes out of nowhere. It turns out that she’s actually a nebula who’s achieved consciousness. The stars are disappearing and she ran into a planet…that’s actually the cosmic cube…that suggested that she travel to Earth where she’d find people that could help. But she lost her memory…and, well, now it’s returned she’s spirited the Defenders off into space where the planet that’s the cosmic cube takes on the form of Captain America and they team up with some aliens they bumped into (who’s dialogue is incredibly tiring to read) and discover that the Star Thief is actually a little girl who’s lost her eye sight and lives on a planet where a dust cloud obscures most of the stars, so she thinks there shouldn’t be any stars. If you think that sounds hard to follow, it is.
Angel kind of mind links with here, because he’s also lost his sight so can empathise with here, and then she’s all better and a little leather pouch appears that contains all the stars she’s stolen. And then the cosmic cube sends them all back to Earth.
Meanwhile there’s a little extra story where the Defenders’ dog take son their security system which ends up wit the reveal that Manslaughter is somehow back.
So, The Defenders have just tamed up with a comic cube to restore hundreds of missing star systems…and in their final two issues it looks like they’ll be battling Manslaughter again.
This run has had some amazing high points, but sadly this double sized annivery issue isn’t one of them.