Monday, August 21, 2006

Defenders #11: The Defenders vs The Crusades

Say you've just finished a six-issue summer-long crossover between Marvel's two biggest team books. The Avengers and Defenders have been at war for months, with both teams searching for six chunks of a MacGuffin from an old Fantastic Four issue thanks to the deceit of the Dread Dormammu and the... uhm, extra deceit of Loki. With that over and done with, what the Hell do you do next? You just had Thor fighting the Hulk for twenty pages, how do you top that? You're writing a team consisting of three of the most comically overpowered characters in the history of the Marvel Universe (not to mention Namor, Valkyrie and Hawkeye), what threat could you possibly throw at them?

Well, I guess you could send them back in time and put them in the middle of the Crusades. Sure, that sounds about right. Okay, now pretend that you're totally insane and figure that even whole armies aren't enough of threat - they're too mundane for such as Strange to deal with. Say you're Steve Englehart for a minute - what's the biggest threat you can think of?

If it wasn't a giant gnome, then you weren't roll-playing as Steve Englehart well enough.

Of course, you're then left in a quandary: what tops a giant gnome?

More giant gnomes. Duh.


Adam said...

I truly believe that Giant Gnome 3, on the far right, is the ancient gnome ancestor of Norman Osborn. I guess Ozzie just decided thatr gnomes weren't costume-worthy.

SanctumSanctorumComix said...

Them's some GNOMES!

Slap one of THOSE 'effers on your lawn and see if the neighborhood kids mess with you THEN!


Jon said...

They ride giant foxes and sound like giant Tom Bosleys. No child would dare stand up to that.

Tom Foss said...

Look around you,
There are many things to see
That some would say
Could never be.
These things I know
It's true and I will tell you so.
They are there to see, if you believe.

Hulk and Hawkeye and British Kings!
Mares that fly and feet with wings!
Back in twelve hundred two,
I think you'll find it's true.

If ever to the Holy Land you roam,
Prepare to face the gi-ant Gnomes!


Jon said...

I... I have no words.