The Defenders #1

by Ryan.L on June 14, 2017

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Diamondback is back and has decided to take down Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones for busting up one of his establishments. But what he doesn't know is it only brings these vigilantes together to form the Defenders.

If there is one thing that Brian Michael Bendis is good at it's writing street level heroes. His run one Daredevil is one of the best run in that characters history. Also his series Alias which introduced Jessica Jones was one of the darkest series I have read from Marvel. With this series Bendis stated that he wanted to do a sprawling, 'Godfather'-like epic at the street level of the Marvel Universe. With this first issue we can see that he is slowly working at the setup of that plan.

This first issue wasn't bad but it also wasn't good either. The much needed chemistry between our four heroes just wasn't there and it made for an awkward read. This is the culmination of the Defenders but other than each hero being attacked by Diamondback there was no real struggle or reason for them to form the team. It seemed to just come way too easy "oh hey we all got attacked and someone knows our secrets, let's team-up!" Daredevil has always been a loner and so for him to just so easily suggest forming a team came out of left field for me.

I think it would have been better if the first story arc really took a toll on our heroes. That it pushed them to limits that they didn't even know they had and then decided at the end of it it all to take down Diamondback, and that at the street level someone like the Avengers needs to step in and keep the peace, that being The Defenders. No they haven't officially teamed up yet as Luke was not present for the conversation, but I would have just rather the idea not be brought up just yet.

I did enjoy the cameo from the Black Cat and that shows that this is going to span the full street level crime syndicate of the Marvel Universe, and it gets me excited for who else will make a cameo in this series.

If you are a fan of the Netflix series this book is a good read while you wait for the Defenders Netflix episodes to air this August. It may not have been the best start for a new series but the groundwork is being laid for what could potentially be an epic series. So overall I would recommend giving it a shot if you enjoy these characters.


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