It's a double-sized 'Nuff Said issue that ushers in a new direction for Earth's Most Reluctant Heroes! The lead story, written, penciled and inked by Erik Larsen brings his run to a finish, as the Defenders are brought by the curse to a realm in which there is no sound. They can't get along when they can communicate -- so how will they cope in a world where they can't? In the second story, written by Kurt Busiek and Jo Duffy, and drawn by Ivan Reis, the Defenders have had enough of the curse, and travel into the bowels of the Earth to petition Gaea to release them -- and her response sends the team and the series in a radically new direction! overlords: defenders against the earth starts in February... but the action starts right here!