Peter Gillis begins his run with a comedic story that recalls the best Defenders comics (i.e., those written by Steve Gerber). Frog Man (son of Leap Frog) and a new guy called Walrus are featured.
The Beast goes to a college to give a lecture, and (above) uses his characteristic sarcastic humor. Back in the ‘80s, he wasn’t a boring scientist who used big words, he was a fun-loving clown who provided comic relief.
During the lecture, Frog Man shows up to audition to be a New Defender.
Then, Walrus shows up to “audition,” basically, as a super-villain. And astonishingly, he bests all of the Defenders who are present.
Of course, eventually Walrus is defeated.
It’s just a fun story. There’s also some sub-plotting with the rest of the team.
Creators: J.M. DeMatteis (plot); Peter Gillis (script); Alan Kupperberg (pencils and inks)
Angel, Beast, Frog-Man II, Gargoyle (Defender), Iceman, Leap-Frog, Moondragon, Valkyrie, Walrus