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Defenders, The #28: Review

Oct 1975
Steve Gerber, ?

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Story Name:

My Mother, The Badoon!

Review & Comments

4 stars

Defenders, The #28 Review by (May 26, 2021)

Review: More cool space opera, even though the specific elements, gladiator games and a peaceful world of women, aren’t particularly original, even in 1975. But it’s fun and that’s all I asked for.

Comments: Part four of five parts. Finished pencils and inks by Frank Giacoia and John Tartaglione.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Defenders, The #28 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

The Badoon with a band of human zombie soldiers have invaded the USS Captain America in search of the new power source they have detected, which is Doctor Strange’s mind hooked up to the ship’s computer. Martinex, Nighthawk, and Charlie-27 put up a fight but are eventually captured. Meanwhile, Strange’s mental survey of the universe has discovered the swamp world where Valkyrie and Vance Astro have been sent….

Having been rescued from the swamp creatures, Val and Astro are unnerved at how much their rescuer, Starhawk, knows about them. He leads them through the swamps to Venesia, the city of the Sisterhood of Badoon, where they are taken to an audience with the queen….

The Badoon find the unconscious Strange and think he is dead. Strange’s astral form is pleased, knowing this will buy them time while he rescues their lost companions….

On the drunkards world, the hypnotized Hulk and Yondu are prepared to fight in the deadly Games. On the televised program, “Super-Death Sweepstakes,” Yondu is sentenced to death by impalement and teleported to a room where he must battle three robots with spiked extremities. But the alien “guest” turns out to be more resourceful and Yondu destroys his three opponents; he is then teleported back to the TV studio….

Queen Tolaria of the Sisterhood welcomes Starhawk with Val and Vance Astro; the latter is totally confused by a “nice” Badoon and demands an explanation. The Queen relates how, due to a genetic defect, the Badoon males and females hate one another so all mating is done through violence. The men segregated the women on another planet so that the only contact came at mating time; eggs are taken back to the homeworld by the men and any female hatchlings are returned to the woman’s world, an arrangement which suits both sexes well. What the Queen doesn’t know is that the Brotherhood has become an empire conquering other worlds. Starhawk confirms this, then, his mission fulfilled, he takes off into space, crossing paths with Dr. Strange. Strange then teleports Val and Vance back to Earth where they find their comrades, Martinex, Nighthawk, and Charlie-27, about to be executed by firing squad….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Al Wenzel
Ron Wilson (Cover Penciler)
Frank Giacoia (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Layouts: Sal Buscema. Letterer: Joe Rosen.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)

(Bruce Banner)

(Kyle Richmond)


Plus: Charlie-27, Defenders, Martinex, Starhawk (Stakar Ogord), Vance Astro (Major Victory).

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