The Best Defense: Defenders #1

Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Joe Bennett Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 19, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 19
8.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

•  The lost Atlanteans. The Train. The bedsheet man. Dead Steve. The Stock Exchange of Souls. Trust us, it all makes sense.
•  In fact, it makes enough sense to destroy our entire solar system... Unless four very different  heroes can come together to stop it.
Rated T+

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 23, 2018

    Long story short, this issue makes me want to see an ongoing Defenders book by this creative team, as we get four characters who SHOULD BE impossible to work together in a team setting working beautifully while denying it all. Defenders: The Best Defense #1 is a really good comic, with stellar art and a perfectly-crafted story that has thrills, laughs, adventure and makes it clear that these guys kinda hate one another, all the while keeping their individual mystiques intact. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 19, 2018

    This issue serves as a promise for more Defenders action. The heroes themselves must admit by the end they work well together even if they aren't technically a team, yet. This is a cosmic tale with huge stakes and an even bigger scope. It's a story only comics could pull off and Ewing and Bennett do so smashingly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Dec 27, 2018

    There's a cliffhanger at the end, and I hope Al Ewing has a chance to delve further into exploring it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Adam Barnhardt Dec 19, 2018

    The gang is finally all back together and the end result is a comic that's enjoyable from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 26, 2018

    Though the plot gets a bit wordy and "inside baseball" at times, Defenders: The Best Defense #1 is a rousingly weird and super entertaining return of the "classic" Defenders. Scripted by a consistently interesting voice at Marvel and given sweeping, black light poster ready visuals, this finale makes a great case for the team's existence, even if no one on Earth really knows (or cares) what they do together. If you want your team-ups to be esoteric, then Defenders: The Best Defense is the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Dec 26, 2018

    I feel like this issue fell short of the other 4, and far short of 3 of those. Read parts 1-3 and pretend the second 2 don't exist, you'll be happier that way. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Dec 19, 2018

    Defenders: The Best Defense #1 sees the original team in a cosmic crossover to save the Earth. The story is a little underwhelming with a lot of moving parts, but the art is fantastic and the best part of the issue. Read Full Review

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