Friday, June 16, 2017

The Defenders #1

   Several different groups have carried the label "The Defenders" - and now there's a new one.

   I can't remember if Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist or Jessica Jones were ever members of the original version of the team (the one that started with Dr. Strange, the Sub-Mariner and the Hulk), but that foursome gets to carry on the team tradition thanks mostly to the upcoming Netflix TV series that brings together those four heroes.

   This issue flows directly out of the recent Free Comic Book Day issue, with each hero under attack by a surprisingly powerful (and surprisingly alive) Diamondback.

   The book is written by Brian Michael Bendis, who did a terrific job with 3/4 of the team when he was writing the New Avengers - and now he gets to add Iron Fist to the mix.

   The art is by David Marquez with color art by Justin Ponsor, and it's excellent, with great character designs (I love the introductory graphic each hero gets with his or her "entrance"), strong layouts and vivid environments.

   It's a  powerful start for this "street level" series, and I'm anxious to see where it goes next.

   Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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