The problem, in my opinion, with Maguire, DeMatteis, and Giffen’s take on “The Defenders” is that I do NOT expect those traits from powerful godlike beings like Dormammu. When Tommy and Dick Smothers do the “Mom always liked you best” routine, I laughed.When Dormammu and Umar do it while plotting a takeover of the universe, I cringe.
Further, I realize that Dr. Strange is a bit full of himself but won’t admit it, and that Namor is and will admit it because he feels it’s his birthright AND a privilege he’s earned, as well.I could do without the two of them constantly reminding the other of those personality flaws.Toss in Bruce Banner and occasionally his large green-skinned alter ego, and you have insufferability.Further, while I could see how the Silver Surfer might be interested in California’s surfer culture, I can NOT see him blowing off the opportunity to save the world in order to immerse himself in that community.
With different characters, this would have been a fun romp.By using existing characters and turning them on their ears, I feel it fails.
RATING:2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 stars.