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Defenders #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Marquez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 14, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 37
8.1Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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! Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez unite to bring you the next great super-team, in the tradition of NEW AVENGERS!
Rated T+

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Gage Parker Oct 25, 2017

    This series is a perfect jumping on point, especially for those who have been watching the MCU and wanted a sturdy bridge to the comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - Kevin October Jun 14, 2017

    A lot happens in this first issue. It was quite awesome as story and plan unfold. With the Netflix success of these characters I'm glad to see a comic to match. It will be epic to see them on the small screen. I do enjoy a team up and a villain that is bound to give the hero's trouble that will only make them stronger in the end. This is a fun team to watch in comic book form and I can't wait to see them on Netflix as well. Until then I'm quite satisfied with the ride we have until then. Defenders #1 gets five out of five stars. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 16, 2017

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

  • 9.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 6, 2017

    The action is non-stop but paced well. The characters are lovable, and the art is fantastic. Pick this one up when it comes out. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Nadia Shammas Jun 15, 2017

    A fantastic beginning to a series perfect for both long-time fans and new fans looking to scratch the DEFENDERS itch before the new season on Netflix. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Jun 15, 2017

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jun 14, 2017

    If you give Defenders #1 a chance you will be thoroughly impressed with both the writing and artwork are on point. Bendis shows off his vast knowledge of the characters to keep this from being just another Marvel title that has been conformed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With dynamic artwork from the duo of Marquez and Ponsor Defenders #1 is a crisp refreshing title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Dan Mayhoff Jun 19, 2017

    The first issue of this new Defenders series really shines with incredible art, sharp dialogue, and exciting story telling. It was a masterful first issue and I believe that if this book remains on a smaller scale like this first issue, that we will see it really shine. This first issue may be a red herring and we may end up hating this series by the end of the first story arc but after this first issue, I'm incredibly excited to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jun 18, 2017

    The writing is superb, the characters are superb, and the art is on another level entirely. If you want to read what could potentially be a start to one of Marvel's best new series of 2017, then you really need to be reading The Defenders. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - JJ Travers Jun 14, 2017

    Filled with fast action and smart humor, The Defenders #1 kicks off this teamup series in a big way. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 14, 2017

    The Defenders may not appeal to readers specifically hoping for a traditional take on this superhero team, but anyone who enjoyed Brian Bendis' work on books like Daredevil and Alias will be happy to see him return to this cast of characters. And with David Marquez at the helm, this series immediately gets off to a strong start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 18, 2017

    David Marquez's art is nice and clean. Marvel Knight characters occasionally tend to get more stylized artists on their titles, but for a mainstream appealing title, Marquez's pencils are very pleasing to the eye. The layouts fit the tone of the story nicely. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jun 17, 2017

    Of course with the upcoming premier of The Defenders on Netflix marvel was going to release The Defenders #1with the same characters and title. It would be dumb not to. Now what they have to do is keep the reader interested and invested. I am not sure how this series fits in connection with the wider Marvel Universe and what is going on (it's really best just not to think about it unless you want to be very confused) but on its own The Defenders#1is a success and a great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Lauren Sisselman Jun 16, 2017

    Brian Michael Bendis is an excellent (and prolific) writer who writes these characters to be believable, street smart people. You'll honestly care about the relationship between Cage and Jones, and understand why Cage gets so mad. The art, by David Marquez is realistic and grounded. This a believable New York City, and Marquez has paid attention to detail in setting up the world around the characters. The Defenders #1 is a beautiful book, and one I'll absolutely keep in my pull box. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Jun 16, 2017

    This is a comic staking out its (literal) territory very deliberately, and one that offers a subgenre of superheroics that hasn't been fully explored in some time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - RobF Jun 22, 2017

    The overall quality of the Netfilx shows (IF the only exception to me) leaves Bendis and CO some Large shoes to fill. So far, this book shows promise. Let's hope the show is good as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 14, 2017

    Ultimately, Defenders isn’t a perfect read - it relies perhaps too much on Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day offerings, and it’s admittedly a little hard to justify an extended Black Cat scene when some of the title characters still aren’t fully developed - but it’s absolutely a book that does what it sets out to do, which is to get readers interested and invested in this ragtag band of street-level superheroes. Bendis’s plot moves briskly and thankfully doesn’t waste time in getting these heroes up to speed in their battle against Diamondback, and thanks to Marquez’s show-stopping artwork, is a treat to look at, as well. This team might not be A-listers like the Avengers, but that doesn’t mean that Defenders still don’t pack a heck of a punch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jun 16, 2017

    There may still be a couple months to go until the four join together on screen, but this book has them assembled (to an extent) with a confident collaboration in Bendis, Marquez, and Ponsor already operating in harmony. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jun 14, 2017

    Defenders #1 feels a lot like a veteran musician revisiting the sound that made him great (And won Bendis Eisners.) over a decade ago. It's not super fresh, but there is a real staccato zest to Bendis' snarky dialogue, Marquez's art, and Ponsor's colors that is best exhibited in a scene where each Defender "interrogates" Diamondback's men in their own way. More scenes like this where Bendis and Marquez play off the unique personalities of each Defender, and the series could be a hit for Marvel and not just a Netflix cash-in or a nostalgia trip for fans of Marvel's street level books in early 2000s. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    On Comics Ground - Donald Hudec Jun 21, 2017

    This issue is a great jumping on point for fans of the Netflix series. It has a very Hollywood feel to it. While this introductory issue was not perfect, it was a lot of fun and I expect great things going forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 19, 2017

    On the one hand, I would have like to have had more of the setup actually shown in these pages (the opening pages of the issue feel like I missed a zero issue or a springboard from one of the other books, but I can't find it), and the plotting is traditionally loose in the Bendis style, but it all comes together reasonably well. Defenders #1 features lovely art by Marquez, likeable characters and a villain who raises the stakes admirably. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ryan.L Jun 14, 2017

    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 recommendgiving it a shot if you enjoy these characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 17, 2017

    The new Defenders series is off to a solid start, if you can look past all the forced changes to make it as identical as possible to the upcoming TV show of the same name. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comicosity - Michael Hale Jun 14, 2017

    Come for the artistic works of Marquez and Ponsor, but stay for prose interview bundled in with the comics final pages. I genuinely hope that each issue of the first few Defenders issues comes with these kind of vignette interviews. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Jun 15, 2017

    Really great art, but the story falls flat as Bendis falls into his own worst habits. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Ryan C. (trashfilmguru) Jun 18, 2017

    In other words, then, even if you liked The Defenders #1 a hell of a lot more than I did, there's no point getting too attached to it " or to anything else currently coming out of the so-called "House Of Ideas." There are, after all, three lead-pipe-cinch guarantees in life at this point " death, taxes, and yearly Marvel re-launches. I give this title eight, maybe ten, months tops. Read Full Review

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