Defenders #3

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 1, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
6.8Critic Rating
5.5User Rating

Deep inside Wundagore Mountain, the Concordance Engine comes to life, and the Defenders’ mission snaps into crystal-clear focus. What does this miraculous machine do? What happens if it DOESN’T do its job? And how many more are there around the world? The team gains a secret member and discovers a conspiracy ten-thousand years in the making.

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 6, 2012

    In the art department Terry and Rachel Dodson match up with Fractions script wonderfully. I applaud Marvel for giving this title an A-list creative team as something this wild in scope needs quality art t Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 4, 2012

    This is a fun, slightly off-center team book that's a lot of fun. Recommended! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Feb 6, 2012

    The chaotic, unknown approach seen in "Defenders" #3 makes for an energetic comic. Fraction and the Dodsons utilize quick cuts and fragmentary scenes, building towards a rousing climax. In interviews, Fraction has said that this is the work-for-hire comic most like "Casanova." The way that both comics have that 'everything but the kitchen sink' approach to storytelling is never in doubt. Since the plot is so chaotic and muddled, it can best be seen from afar and, with each issue, that long view becomes clearer and clearer. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Matthew S Feb 19, 2012

    Fraction has paced this story and executed the wonderful ideas behind it with aplomb. Within the span of 3 issues he's hit us with surprises, twists and interesting action scenes all without taking away from the amazing dialogue. With the narration helping to frame and expand on the scenes that occurring before we us we get a fantastic mix between the visuals and the script: exactly what one would want from a comic. The plot was energetic from start to finish, and well worth the price of admission. If the Defenders continues the way it has been going, Fraction is setting himself up for another groundbreaking series in the vein of his Invincible Iron Man and Casanova runs. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBuzz - Phil Oldham Mar 1, 2012

    A little bit rushed in the writing department but The Defenders is easily one of Marvels most entertaining comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Feb 1, 2012

    Despite the above, I think it's good that Fraction kept this arc from rolling on too long; the greater theme of this book is chaos, and it will be great to see what the Defenders can whip up with this new toy of theirs. The only problem is that I see one of the members leaving (don't ask me, I just have an intuition), which might send the book into a downward spiral. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 1, 2012

    Terry Dodson turns in some solid pencil work, but at times the layouts are too cramped and hurt the flow of the story on that given page. Although, when Nul starts pounding on the gateway, the shots of the Defenders' costumes changing through each ripple in reality is a visual delight. With Fraction's acclaimed work on Casanova, one would have hoped he would write a story that would call for more of this wondrous imagery. Read Full Review

  • 1.6
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Jim Middleton Feb 8, 2012

    Jumping on point?: No. This issue doesn't make sense in context, so I can only imagine how it will read out of context. Read Full Review

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