The Fearless Defenders #12

The Fearless Defenders #12

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Will Sliney Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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• The Defenders make a stand against the apocalyptic Doom Maidens! Hopefully some of the team survives!
•  Valkyrie and Annabelle have a complicated relationship... and it's only going to become even more perplexing and problematic as of this issue!
•  A new (cosmically awesome) character joins the team! And you'll never expect this addition to the cast!
•  Caroline LeFay comes face to face with one of her estranged parents!

  • 10 - Jason Motes Dec 8, 2013

    I'm really going to miss this book. It had a nice mix of interesting characters, many of which haven't even had a chance to shine. The team is left intact at the end, though, so hopefully that leaves the door open for them to return at some point. As it states when the team strikes a pose after their battle “The Fearless Defenders, The Most Fabulous Fighting Team Of All.” You won't get an argument from me! Here's hoping for a swift return. And because this is the last time I get to review it, and the creators went above and beyond, I'm giving it… Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Dec 6, 2013

    Bunn and Sliney deserve a round of applause for leaving us with something unique, honest and shamelessly fun. Let's hope other writers choose to run with their loose threads. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Dec 5, 2013

    While the series doesn't come to the neatest end -- the end of Caroline Le Fay's main story was really just the beginning of another -- the team's dynamics, when all is said and done, should please fans eager for some kind of closure. The second to last page features them standing together, triumphant, right over the label "The Most Fabulous Fighting Team of All," and even through the series' ups and downs, it's a hard claim to argue with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Dec 9, 2013

    Overall, this issue ends the series as it was every month. It's fairly done in one, yet it builds off of everything this book has done so far. Everything feels earned, and I am left wanting for what they would have done with more time. Fearless Defenders went unnoticed in a market that demanded books just like it, and I like to think that one day people will look back fondly on it for the start of a new era for many of the characters. Thank you Mr. Bunn and Mr. Sliney, as well as the rest of the team for such a wonderful book. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Dec 12, 2013

    During the book we see the ladies head off on an Indiana Jones style adventure in a cave that leads to a battle royal against LaFay's forces, which in turn leads to Annabelle and Valkyrie having a heart to heartburn and Sliney really were a creative team that worked great together and perfectly portrayed the characters. It really is a shame that this book is being dropped because if given the right push it would appeal to such a diverse crowd. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 9, 2013

    As much as I'm an old hand at having comic books cancelled out from under me, and even having Defenders comics cancelled out from under me, it's a real shame that Fearless Defenders couldn't get at least another few issues out of what was a pretty interesting premise. Though the book lacked a big name like Wolverine or Deadpool, the cast was quirky, interesting and the all-female ensemble felt less pandering than the similar all-female X-Men team. Fearless Defenders #12 feels a bit abrupt, but brings together a fun cast, and wraps things up the best they can given the circumstances, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. I'll see you next year when they relaunch Defenders again with The Texas Twister, Cloak and Dagger... Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Dec 5, 2013

    Fearless Defenders #12 will remind the fans of the fun they had, but sadly, the sting of wondering what could have been may trump the good times. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 4, 2013

    The Fearless Defenders #12 comes to a rather disappointing close overall. It's very rushed and many subplots are wrapped up before they could ever truly develop. Even worse is the fact that some of the characters are given the shaft and put into the background. This was my favorite book of the Marvel Now relaunch and it is a sad sight to see it end like this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 7, 2013

    I hope Marvel learns from Fearless Defenders. Just because you make a comic starring an all-girl team of superheroes does not automatically mean it's going to sell. We still have to care about them as characters. I've said it before and I'll say it again: we want our characters to be people first, superheroes second. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Dec 9, 2013

    When it comes to "Fearless Defenders" there was simply an embarrassment of riches when it came to the characters on display, especially toward the end. It's perhaps that embarrassment of riches that ultimately held this book back, because it never managed to be quite as good as its cast demanded, and in fairness to everyone involved, sometimes less is more. It's hard to give everyone their due in a book so loaded with great characters. For example, the great Elsa Bloodstone has literally one line and no real actions in this issue. Still, for all its weaknesses, Bunn and Sliney clearly loved what they were doing, and I sincerely hope that Marvel continues to see experiments like "Fearless Defenders" less as failures and more as opportunities to learn from so that they may try again. Read Full Review

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