Defenders: Beyond #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Javier Rodriguez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 20, 2022 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 21
8.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Al Ewing and Javier Rodr guez follow up their acclaimed DEFENDERS: THERE ARE NO RULES series with a new volume and an all-new lineup, including none other than Loki, God of Stories! When Doctor Strange sends a dire warning from beyond the grave, Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Taaia (Galactus' mom!), Tigra and Loki assemble to defend reality itself! Plus, you won't believe who shows up on the final page!

  • 10 - Adam Barnhardt Jul 20, 2022

    It's sharp and clean, character-driven and witty. It's the beginning of a mini-series that is already showing incredible promise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jul 26, 2022

    A new team of Defenders arises with incredible art and an engaging story. What's not to love:PS: They aren't joking about that last page shocker. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Lillian Hochwender Jul 20, 2022

    Defenders: Beyond invites us on a journey outside the bounds of reality. Visually surreal and narratively inventive, its creators push the boundaries of the medium and remind us what wonders comics are capable of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 20, 2022

    Defenders: Beyond #1 is a good introduction to setting up the key players while establishing some high stakes. It's gorgeously rendered and colored to the point where pages look like works of art. As things stand, if you're a hardcore Marvel fan, this is a must-read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Bleeding Cool - James Hepplewhite Jul 31, 2022

    A page from Defenders: Beyond #1, courtesy of MarvelAnd that's enough, at least for now. Ewing's good at cosmic scale stories, and Rodríguez is a versatile artist with a keen eye, reminiscent of Marcos Martin's work. Bottom line: Defenders: Beyond #1 is a #1 that makes me want to read more from this team. If you'd like to be spoiled about who could join the Defenders in a comic with the subtitle Beyond, we host a preview of the issue here. Odds are the reveal won't surprise you, but you never know. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jul 20, 2022

    Defenders Beyond #1 is an awkward start. It is a comic with a lot of history and a lot of exposition for the future of the series. It is a lot of baggage for Ewing to move, and it isnt all dealt with easily. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 26, 2022

    We don't get into what the threat is large enough to call on the Defenders as the first issue is mainly about the reluctant characters (all except for Loki) being forced together into action by events well outside of their control. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Jeff Plaza Jul 21, 2022


    What I appreciate in Al Ewing writing is that he respects continuity and the cosmology and universe rules set up in the Marvel Universe. ( One above all. etc )

    That being said I am a major fan of Secret Wars 2015 and the original event in the 80s.
    Ewing pays respect to fans of it and all for it! This is gonna be good!

  • 10
    SinceAge7 Jul 20, 2022

    Nice surprise at the end

  • 9.5
    KittyNone Jul 22, 2022

    From anyone else this might be a slow start, but a great lineup of my favorite underappreciated characters, Rodriguez's exquisite visuals, and Ewing's wit and keen sense of character make reading this comic such a pleasure that as far as I'm concerned, it can proceed at any pace it pleases.

  • 9.0
    Jeroen DarkSkywise Jul 23, 2022

    TAAIA IS BACK! Yay! (I had hoped for this 'cuz she was totally cool in the last Defenders' iteration.) Loki never had a very well caught insaner (is that a word?) & Frightening (to the readers) look in his/hers/its/thines/thoues eyes, and even Tigra unexpectedly made me LOL. (Since we don't have spoiler tags, it's in her second panel.) Art & story went together seamlessly, although the pacing was a bit uneven in places (which is not unusual in first issues, so thou areth forgiventh) & which made the story feel kind of a bit too short... four or five extra pages would've been ideal imho. Anymoo, it immediately made me fly over to rant about it, and that's usually a good thing. ;)

    In short: very promising start, if you liked the pr more

  • 9.0
    Kalaoui Jul 22, 2022

    Always a treat to read an Ewing/Rodriguez production!

  • 9.0
    REYNARD Jul 21, 2022

    Incredible last page reveal!

    Before the next issue comes out, I will be forcing myself to read all of Ewing's Mighty Awvengers as well as both Ultimates runs.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jan 9, 2023

    This issue demonstrates that the series will be exactly what I want it to be: Insane Al Ewing cosmology experienced by a dysfunctional team of nigh-crazy heroes, as illustrated by Javier Rodríguez's audacious layouts and bold colors.

    It's already delivering plenty of madness, comedy, and charming characterization. But I leave my rating in "good comics" territory because we really haven't done anything but meet the team yet.

  • 7.5
    Lokillo Odinson Jul 16, 2023

    Excellent start for this comic, although not many shocking things happen, the bases for the following issues are left very well established, again Ewing made an excellent story with references of a mystical character, although the art of Javier Rodriguez at first glance is not I think it's the best, it's very good for the type of story that Ewing is trying to tell and in short I think it's an excellent duo.

  • 7.5
    Simon DelMonte Jul 31, 2022

    A bit jagged in terms of the story, but the art is stellar and to Ewing's credit he makes sure I have some idea who these characters are. (I think I have read one comic with Blue Marvel and one with America Chavez.)

  • 10
    Leylin Jul 25, 2022

  • 10
    Hailey Jul 20, 2022

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Jul 20, 2022

  • 9.5
    wesshamu Aug 2, 2022

  • 9.0

  • 9.0
    bestlucas Dec 7, 2022

  • 9.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Oct 2, 2022

  • 9.0
    retcon_D Jul 26, 2022

  • 8.5
    Nurdboy42 Aug 22, 2022

  • 7.5
    ed1138 Aug 26, 2022

  • 7.5
    Radar Aug 8, 2022

  • 7.0
    Silver Rocket Jul 23, 2022

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