Official Press Release
Hey, True Believer!
The Hulk, Namor, Dr. Strange, and Silver Surfer are cursed to be pulled
together whenever trouble rears it's ugly head. So these four power-houses
decide to make sure there won't be any more trouble -- by taking over the
world! On February 13th, the creative team of Kurt Busiek, Jo Duffy, and
Matt Haley (with cover artist Carlos Pacheco) unleash the imposing quartet
in the pages of THE ORDER #1!
"The 'Big Four' Defenders petition Gaea to lift the curse and free them from
its bondage -- and she refuses," explained Busiek. "So, furious beyond
reason at the continuing indignity of the curse, The Hulk, Dr. Strange,
Silver Surfer, and Namor decide that if they're to be forced to defend the
planet, no matter what it does to their lives and other responsibilities,
they're going to do it in the most efficient way possible. They're going to
rule the Earth. That way, they can keep it running in an orderly and
peaceful manner, keep disruptions to a minimum, and attend to their duties
as Defenders without destroying their lives as individuals. That's the
theory, at least."
"Naturally, people object -- not just the billions being ruled, but armies,
governments, and superheroes, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the
Avengers and more," Busiek continued. "But let's face it, these are the
Defenders. They include the Sorcerer Supreme of this plane of reality, a
wielder of the Power Cosmic, the monarch of Atlantis who commands the
monsters of the seas and the single mightiest creature ever to walk the face
of the Earth. They may very well be able to take on any and all opposition,
and lay them out flat."
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