Never one to miss a chance at cross promotion Marvel Comics releases DEFENDERS #1 this week from Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez. Diamonback has returned from the dead, as one does, and he is hitting the underworld of New York City in an attempt to reclaim his territory. When he puts Jessica Jones in the hospital the wrath of the Defenders comes down on his like a ton of bricks. Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist tear into the thugs of the city to find Diamondbacks location only to find out the hard way that he has been one step ahead the entire time.
DEFENDERS #1 is the kind of book Bendis excels as writing and it involves some of his favorite characters. He has the voices for this crew down and the team dynamic works perfectly. The inclusion of Diamondback is disappointing only because he was extremely lackluster in the Cage Netflix show and his presence here feels more like corporate marketing that creative endeavor. That small complaint aside the story is solid and the cast is exemplary. This comic is Bendis doing what Bendis does best. Chatty banter, down to Earth characters, and a nice mix of humor and action.
The art from David Marquez is very good, especially the character call out frames that highlight the past of each individual in a beautifully drawn collage. DEFENDERS #1 feels like it is playing it safe and might not be a book that was necessarily needed but the talent from the creators allows it to shine through. For those following the Netflix shows and awaiting the release of The Defends on the small screen I think this is definitely a book you should check out.