Defenders, Vol. 1
Daredevil! Luke Cage! Jessica Jones! Iron Fist! Individually, these four heroes have been on the front lines of the battle to keep the streets of the city safe and secure! But now, with a deadly enemy from the dim past making a major move to unite the underworld, they will need to become more-they will need to become DEFENDERS! Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez unite to bring you the next great super-team, in the tradition of NEW AVENGERS! COLLECTING: DEFENDERS 1-5, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2017 (DEFENDERS STORY)

Defenders, Vol. 1 Details

TitleDefenders, Vol. 1
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 26th, 2017
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302907464
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Comic Book, Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels Comics

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Defenders, Vol. 1 Review

  • Shannon Appelcline
    January 1, 1970
    Defenders is the first comic completely beholden to the Marvel Cinematic TV Universe. It's got all the Netflix heroes and even some of the Netflix villains — except of course it's their Marvel comic Universe variants. Given what could be a completely ham-handed and overly controlling directive for a series ... Bendis actually does a good job with it.That's mostly down to the heroes. Bendis has written most of these characters before (especially Luke, Jessica, and Matt) and he's done a great job Defenders is the first comic completely beholden to the Marvel Cinematic TV Universe. It's got all the Netflix heroes and even some of the Netflix villains — except of course it's their Marvel comic Universe variants. Given what could be a completely ham-handed and overly controlling directive for a series ... Bendis actually does a good job with it.That's mostly down to the heroes. Bendis has written most of these characters before (especially Luke, Jessica, and Matt) and he's done a great job with them. It's great to see them back, and it's even greater to see them all together. These characters are well-developed and funny and just fun to read. And the villain of our piece, Diamondback, is every bit as delightful as these heroes.Unfortunately, there are also serious problems with this volume, and they're mostly plot-related.First up, we get the fake-out-wound-to-hero motif, where someone takes what appears to be a mortal wound, but totally shakes it off in the next issue. Bendis is clearly aware of this problem, because he plants a flag straight on it by humorously turning it into a repeating visit with Night Nurse (not the cool Night Nurse from the shows). Still, it grates by the second or third time a fake-out injury turns out to be nothing.Second up, we have the villain-who-can't-be-capture motif. He slithers out of danger again and again, and by the end of the volume it feels like we haven't made much progress from the start.Because of the generally strong writing and characterization, this is closer to 3.5 stars than 3.0, but those plot elements still detract.
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  • Geonn Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    I have a friend who will likely hate me for saying this, but this was far better than the Netflix show.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]After teasing it for literally years, Brian Bendis's Defenders comic lands with Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist at the helm. Now where have we seen those four together before? Oh wait.Unfortunately the strength of the characters doesn't excuse the shoddy plotting in this one. The return of Diamondback (with no particular explanation) feels pointless, and the rest of the volume is him beating up/getting beaten up by the Defenders, escaping, and doing it a [Read as single issues]After teasing it for literally years, Brian Bendis's Defenders comic lands with Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist at the helm. Now where have we seen those four together before? Oh wait.Unfortunately the strength of the characters doesn't excuse the shoddy plotting in this one. The return of Diamondback (with no particular explanation) feels pointless, and the rest of the volume is him beating up/getting beaten up by the Defenders, escaping, and doing it all over again. Add in the Punisher and the Black Cat for a few curveballs and that's mostly it. Considering Bendis has been working on this book for ages, it definitely doesn't feel like it.I wanted to bump this one up to four stars because of David Marquez's artwork, but I don't feel like that flies with the rest of the volume to be fair. Marquez's art is gorgeous as always, and Justin Ponsor's colours are beautifully chosen, especially so that each character's signature shows up in the right places. The cinematography of the fight scenes is superb, as well. I'd read this one with no words, to be honest.Not really what I'd hoped for. Lovely art, good characters, but a paper-thin plotline.
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  • Craig Evans
    January 1, 1970
    Now THIS is how a comic should be made! Amazing storytelling. Incredible, vibrant art. I urge everyone to read this first arc and tell me it wasn't incredible! It brings four unique personalities to life and, in my view, redefines what a comic should be.It's that damn good.
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  • Carol Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    excellent storytelling and vibrant art
  • Francesca
    January 1, 1970
    the artwork was 👌👌👌
  • Teena Evans
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolutely fantastic book this was!! Outstanding from start to finish. This is what comics are all about for me! Brilliant art. Great story. Loved it!!
  • Michal Vámoš
    January 1, 1970
    Tuctová akčňárna, u které se Bendis snaží vrátit do dob, kdy byl na vrcholu a trochu fušuje do krimi noirovýho prostředí. Ve finále tu je ale jen nic neříkající příběh s nulovou chemií mezi postavami a ničím zajímavým. Jinými slovy - zbytečnost, která vyšla jen kvůli podpory seriálu.
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  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Read single issues. So much fun, especially when missing the characters after the Netflix series.
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