Synopsis: 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!
Review: Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art work by David Marquez. This first issue of ‘Defenders’ has times things perfectly for the pending Netflix series.
This first issue centres on the return of Diamondback, which sees him shoot Jessica Jones and torch Heroes For Hire.
The incident gets the attention of Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil and thus a team is loosely formed as they set about making plans. But before they can tell Luke. He’s gone off on his own to have a few words with his half brother.
The issue also sees Diamondback trying to strike an alliance with the Black Cat who gets a nice little full page to herself.
I particularly enjoyed the back and forth dialogue between Diamondback and the Black Cat and loved the fact that she seemed to know something that he didn’t.
The art from David Marquez is pretty solid. The colours are well done and I loved the page he did of Black Cat as well as the satisfying visual we get toward the end of the story as we see Luke smash his way through a wall.
I also loved how each of the protagonists was introduced with their own page.
The book also ties in with current Marvel continuity by making reference to recent events involving the X-Men.
This is my first experience of Defenders and I am hooked enough to follow it up in the next issue.
In fact I have been having fun reading the individual comics for Luke Cage and Iron Fist and will likely have my review of issue 4 of Iron Fist go live in the next couple of days.
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