|Parts of this story are contnued from Dark
The Good Guys recoup from last issue's defeat at the hands of
criminally-insane bad guys. They stagger away from the attack barely
with their lives. Chasm the culprit who was responsible for the attack
escapes with the enchanted box that gave everyone their
"Nobody" catches up to Chasm and they discuss the previous attack
The insane bad guys hijack a Fed Ex truck and get away.
yet a member of the Good Guys, visits the home of Dan Neale. Dan Neale
oddly offers Heater a beverage and then sneaks away discretely and
Heater sitting in his home alone. Dan goes soaring across the
with his power of flight. He ponders his daughter's "racy leotard" as
visually scans the neighborhood with hopes of finding her. Dan checks
the theater, doesn't see Laura leaving the "Ace Ventura" movie so he
home. He decides the kids probably need an adult "Professor X" type of
leader. The bad guys show up at one of their brother-in-law's home.
cause havoc and kill the brother-in-law. Recon shows up just in time to
save a baby. The rest of the Good Guys follow and it becomes an all out
battle with the bad guys again. The scene skips to Chasm introducing
to his staff. Chasm rudely slips out and goes to Disneyland where he is
shown a "sky-rift". Chasm decides it is a doorway to the Plasm world
plans to use one of the Plasm world's "bug-like gadgets" to open the
Chasm decides that "Nobody" is the perfect Guinea pig to try it first.
Nudge shows up at Disney World and she has some huge hips
is not clear what she'd been eating to gain these hips, or how she
Chasm, or how she even knew about him. The book pretty much assumes you
were reading Plasm and Dark Dominion, but doesn't clarify any of the
Chasm meanwhile evades Nudge by slipping into the Dark Dominion world.
Chasm manipulates a crowd using their fear and has them attack Nudge.
finds a bunch of "real tourists" to fight Chasm's fear induced evil
A battle in the park breaks out between normal people and Nudge slips
of the crowd and chases after Chasm by focusing on his thoughts. Nudge
startles Chasm by yanking him back into the real world. Chasm mocks
and tells her that her powers are almost tapped out. "Nobody"
gets fed up with Chasm's rude departure and escapes from Chasm's staff.
The Good Guy vs. the bad guys rages on until the house they were in
The Good Guys win and only narrowly save the poor innocent baby. Nudge,
still in battle with Chasm, starts overtaking his mind and forces him
go into the Plasm World where he'd planned on go anyway. Some
huh? Shockingly, "Nobody" knows exactly where Chasm was battling Nudge.
He shows up just in time for Nudge's victory. Nudge shockingly knows
about the Good Guys. Even though there no evidence she's ever met them,
she knows where they are and she knows they are worried about "Nobody".
Nudge sends "Nobody" over to the bad guy's brother-in-law' collapsed
in a Limo. Once "Nobody" catches up to his team, they have no idea who
Nudge is, but figure she must be good if she got rid of Chasm. The kids
reveal that Chasm threw the enchanted box away. They claim "something
is making wishes come true." By the time Laura gets to her home with
Good Guys, her dad is waiting. Dan Neale tells the kids he is now their
leader, and Heater is their new team member.
There is a big relief if you can get through this
without shell shock.
It is sense-numbing in a bad way. This oversized comics epitomizes
at it's very lowest point of quality. This is the time frame where
story quality dipped and it really needed to be it's best. Jim Shooter
was probably sitting in a courtroom defending his lawsuit against
at this point.
Some individual plot elements in this are great,
but the overall plot
was schizophrenic. It's thrown at you from all angles. Scenes magically
transition without any logical explanation how the events could
the way they do. The reader is forced to take the events at face value
even though they really make no sense. The dialogue is sometimes
but other times it's pointless and vague. It's like several wonderful
were conceptualized, but the writer(s) didn't know how to work out the
details so they merged several plots into one and tossed a
It is also possible that the script writer didn't understand why
details and transitions are important to a reader. The art is
consistent with the previous issues even though the team changed. Many
pages are actually an improvement, but towards the end some pages do
weaker. The coloring carried some of the weaker pages. Despite the drop
in quality here, it does not ruin the overall quality of the series.
the end of this series, the quality of the whole Defiant
Notable Quotes: Chasm
speaking to Nobody says "Listen,
always be careful not to become solid while you're sharing space with
real-world object. Even a piece of paper will slice you in