The world can’t get enough of superheroes these days, so Balladeer’s Blog’s “Script Doctoring” of Marvel’s handling of Foolkiller continues with Part Six. FOR PART ONE OF THIS ARTICLE CLICK HERE
With all of that being said, here are my alternate treatments of The Defenders # 80 and 81. –
DEFENDERS Vol 1: Number 80 – Once A Defender (Feb 1980)
Foolkiller (Greg Salinger) and Yellowjacket are still captives of the Mandrill, who was furious at his own inability to get Salinger’s confiscated Purification Gun to shoot. The enthralled Valkyrie and Hellcat are leading Fem-Force against the military base which the Defenders have been protecting.
Mutant Force is with Fem-Force and is now made up of just Shocker, Slither, Burner and Lifter since Foolkiller slew Peeper, Mister One and Mister Two in Issue # 78. The Wasp and prepubescent Dian escaped Mandrill last issue and called in Nighthawk, who agreed to help despite the court order banning him from taking action in his superhero identity.
My “script doctoring” applies only to elements involving Foolkiller, so this issue plays out pretty much as it originally did: Nighthawk, now outfitted with his wing-mounted laser cannons, indestructible wing-cape, titanium claws and other tech, takes on Fem-Force, Mutant Force and his enthralled teammates Val and Patsy.
Salinger is still with Yellowjacket when Mandrill taunts YJ with footage of the Wasp being struck down by Mutant Force. Nighthawk kicks butt against the villains, frees Valkyrie and Hellcat from Mandrill’s pheremone-based control and leads the assault on the mutant villain’s HQ.
Nighthawk intercepts a rocket which he thinks contains the escaping Mandrill, only to find the captive Yellowjacket and Foolkiller bound inside. This rocket was a distraction while the Mandrill made his real escape.
The cover featured a scene from Hulk, Dr Strange and Sub-Mariner’s ongoing quest to defeat (yawn) the Unnameable in Tunnelworld. +++
DEFENDERS Vol 1: Number 81 – War In Ogeon (March 1980)
All but a few pages of this Issue focused on Hulk, Doc and Subby’s boring and never-ending adventure in Tunnelworld. Those other few pages dealt with Yellowjacket and the Wasp dropping Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Hellcat and Foolkiller off at Kyle Richmond’s (Nighthawk) New York City Penthouse Apartment.
The foursome switch to civilian clothing, get cleaned up and have a good night’s sleep. In the morning over breakfast Kyle, Val and Patsy try to get to know Greg better. Kyle is at first annoyed at the potential complications regarding Foolkiller’s outlaw status but Salinger reminds Kyle of his own checkered past and how he himself broke the law to save the Defenders from Mandrill.
One can easily envision dialogue from Greg about how “foolish” it would be to show blind obedience to the law. The breakfast is interrupted by the arrival of the FBI agents who arrest Kyle for participating in the Defenders’ highly publicized actions in Colorado. +++
Hey, I would never rewrite things to force Foolkiller to be center-stage all the time, hence his mere supporting role this time. I wouldn’t want him to become a male Mary Sue. After these two issue’s he’ll be back to getting more action next time around.
I’LL PICK UP FROM HERE WITH THE NEXT INSTALLMENT IN THE NEXT DAY OR TWO AS TIME ALLOWS.
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