Defenders Vol. 2 #2

Defenders Vol. 2 #2

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 4, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
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First mission - first fatality? What is the secret of Wundagore Mountain? The Defenders vs. the Breaker of Worlds!

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 8, 2012

    If you're not reading this comic, you're missing a good one! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Jan 5, 2012

    This issue alone isn't particularly universe-breaking, but it does provide a very fun and entertaining storyline that you do not want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Jan 4, 2012

    This books is solid through proper execution and a well-planned script; the pacing doesn't feel rushed, and there's enough action in each issue to keep you from getting bored with the somewhat-quirky plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jan 4, 2012

    The team of characters plays to the strengths of the creators working on it, especially given Fraction's propensity for Iron Fist, who has a nice moment in the beginning of this issue. The Defenders are a group best served on the edge of the Marvel Universe, playing against oddish threats and borderline evil beings. The Defenders are not the first to charge into battle and their battles are not standard, knockdown, drag-out scrums. The Defenders fight unconventional foes, odd threats and, frequently, each other. This series taps into that plan for the Defenders and has a considerable amount of fun doing it. After two fun issues, I'm looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 4, 2012

    This issue is a bit more plot-driven then last, where the character bits took center stage, but the explanation of what the Concordance Engine is is well tied into Marvel history, playing with both story elements and Jack Kirby's legendary designs. There's still a clear indication that these characters don't belong in ANY team, much less together (which is even funnier when you remember that everyone but the Surfer is part of another team in the Marvel U.) The ending comes a bit suddenly for me, but the overall issue is a winner. Defenders #2 is well-drawn, well-crafted and overall entertaining, earning 4 out of 5 stars overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Jan 6, 2012

    Still, even those doubters must begrudgingly admit that it's wonderful to see Fraction back in his element like this in a mainstream comic. The restless iconoclast found present in the writer's creator-owned works has often felt restrained and hidden amidst his more recent Marvel works such as Uncanny X-Men and Fear Itself, much to the disappointment of a sizeable contingent of original fans. To date, Defenders feels like it offers Fraction the greatest degree of creative freedom of any of his corporate gigs. Check it out to see a fella's imagination unleashed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Phil Oldham Jan 29, 2012

    Overall, Defenders #2 was a satisfying and fun instalment to Marvels best new book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jan 4, 2012

    As of right now, I can't say that this book is a must read. It's definitely got a great recipe for success; there's a lot of Grant Morrison's JLA in the mix, as veteran teammates are thrown together with new blood additions to face increasingly bizarre and supernatural threats. The art of the Dodsons and Sonia Oback is compelling and engaging. There's something still lacking, though, and it seems to be personality. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Jan 4, 2012

    I'm still holding out hope that Fraction turns this ship around and starts to differentiate his cast of characters. One part of me thinks it will happen; the other, well, not so much. If Defenders continues down this road, however, I'm unfortunately going to need to drop it. No matter how incredible the plot may get, it won't have much of an impact if the cast comes off as carbon copies of each other. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jan 5, 2012

    I was concerned with the tone of this book as of Defenders #1, but stuck around for issue #2 to give it a chance. I'm not going to buy any more Defenders unless this series gets a whole lot closer to what the Defenders are really about, which is a team made up of heroes and anti-heroes who don't fit elsewhere and have bizarre (sometimes psychedelic…remember the Head-Men?) villains that have vitality and potency in the context of a book starring a non-team. The charm of the Defenders was their spooky earnestness and wistful antisocial cast. This new series lacks that charm and goes for the short gag. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 5, 2012

    The second issue is still worth picking up on a very slow week in comics, but despite being my only chance to get a Silver Surfer comic every month (don't even get me started on Matt Fraction‘s version of the character in The Mighty Thor) this month's issue does nothing to convince me that this comic will be worth picking up every single month. Only two issues in, The Defenders feels much more like an occasional read. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 7, 2012

    Some action and some funny banther between Doc Strange and Red She-Hulk. Throw in some armed Dr. Moreau-like animal half-breeds and youve got yourself a decent enough second issue. I just hope the story picks up eventually. Written by Matt Fraction (Thor : The World Eaters) and illustrated by Terry Dodson (Wonder Woman : The Circle). From Marvel Comics. Read Full Review

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