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In the previous issue, Nebulon unveiled his plan to help humanity through Celestial Mind Control, which manages to be even skeevier than it sounds. Valkyrie voiced her objections to strip-searching, and Chondu demonstrated that being in the body of a fawn doesn;t make him harmless.

So, five pages from seventeen of "The Defenders" #35, plus a Hostess ad.







We now know that the Soviet Union was deliberately suppressing news on just how bad their street crime was. The Red Guardian easily overcomes the elderly mugger, but is forced to flee by the approaching police, who shoot at her. The woman she saved asks why they do this, and a policeman replies that Red Guardian is an enemy of the State, and threatens to report the woman for counter-revolutionary thought.

Red Guardian's thoughts reveal her to be a Russian patriot, but feeling that the Party needs reformation, thus her costume resembling the first Red Guardian (Alexei Shostakov, first husband of the Black Widow) and her fight to protect ordinary citizens and dissidents. She then reveals to us that she's Dr. Tania Belinsky, a top-ranked neurosurgeon. She gets a call from America, specifically from retired surgeon Dr. Stephen Strange. Jack Norriss (still in Nighthawk's body, jokes about detente. Hulk sulks, he wants to find Bambi.



Hulk stalks off, and since Dr. Strange will be occupied keeping Kyle Richmond's brain and body safe, Valkyrie and Jack follow the jade giant.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nagan, Jerry Morgan and Ruby Tuesday have been doing some busywork in their new hideout while waiting for Chondu to get back. Jerry's kind of grossed out.



Chondu manifests a spectral head and fills Nagan in on the backstory, which the Headmen realize means the Nighthawk they spilled their information to was "an imposter." (Not to worry, though, it's Jack Norriss, who will utterly fail to pass on the important bits.) Ruby flirts with Nebulon, who is having none of it. Screw romance, he's saving humanity from itself! Nagan is glad to see the back of Nebulon, who is far too pretty for his tastes. Anyhow, it's time to concentrate on Chondu.

At JFK National Airport, a Soviet jet lands with Dr. Belinsky and two KGB agents. They are met by Dr. Strange and Taylor Charles, a US State Department functionary that owes Doc Strange for a past operation. This meeting is observed by a lurking man who as far as I know is never named, but shows up after this plotline to attack Dr. Belinsky.

Hulk has gone to Central Park Zoo, and is calmly talking to a fawn in a cage, wondering if it is Bambi (it is not) while policemen ruch up. By the time Val, Jack and Aragorn arrive, the situation has deteriorated to the point that the police are shooting at Hulk. Valkyrie intervenes, but Hulk gets angry at her for apparently siding with the men in blue rather than himself, and jumps off.

Back with the Headmen, Ruby has used her superscience to transfer Chondu's mind from Bambi's brain to his own body. Nagan asks Chondu to get up and see the improvements.



At a more traditional operating room, Strange and Belinsky have scrubbed up and are ready to begin the operation. Dr., Belinsky would like to stay afterwards and actually see a bit of America, but her handlers consider her too big of a defection risk. She has no intention of defecting, but tell them that. And Dr. Belinsky doesn't believe in magic.

Elsewhere, Chondu has selected his new body; a man who works on the high iron in Manhattan, on the grounds that such a person has to have superior nerves, balance and strength. He swoops down and grabs his victim.

Nearby, Jack and Valkyrie have lost the Hulk (who got zapped over to the "Omega the Unknown" comic book's plotline) and share an almost relaxed moment before Val spots Chondu in flight. Chondu realizes he's being followed and drops off his burden so he can deal with the Defenders (or at least Valkyrie) once and for all.

He manages to injure Aragorn and drag Val away--her counterstroke forces them down through the ceiling of "The Top of the Sevens" restaurant. They trade blows, then Chondu resorts to tossing scalding hot coffee on Valkyrie.



Uh-oh.




I think you could substitute "heroin" for "Twinkies" without doing violence to the plotline.



Next time: The conclusion of the Nighthawk's Brain plotline.

Your thoughts and comments?
SKJAM!

Date: 2012-11-29 06:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] superfangirl1
So weird and yet very fun to read.

Date: 2012-11-30 05:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jkcarrier
Of all the great lines in this issue, I think my favorite is Nagan's to Nebulon: "Are you addressing the deer?"

I always wondered what happened to Chondu's original brain once they removed it from Nighthawk's body. Moot point I guess, since Chondu doesn't need it anymore, but I like to imagine that it's sitting in the attic of the Sanctum Sanctorum, collecting dust next to Doc's old square amulet and that box of clothes Clea left behind when she moved out...

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