As a kid, I wasn’t a big Defenders fan, but I really enjoyed the Scorpio stories in the summer of ’77. Scorpio (Nick Fury’s brother) is using SHIELD’s LMD (Life Model Decoy) technologies to create a super-villain team, the Zodiac, when the Defenders interfere with his plans.
But the characters (Scorpio, the Zodiac members, Max the LMD, even the Defenders) all seem a little crazy. Jake (Scorpio) hangs out with a LMD of his brother named “Max”. Hulk goes on a major rampage that even the Defenders can’t control. About a third of Zodiac is angst ridden, not really wanting to fight. When Scorpio accidentally kills several members of his own team, he seems to have a psychological breakdown. And by the end of the story, you know you’ve read something different. This excellent story was written by David Kraft with artwork by Keith Giffen.
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