Synopsis: The streets of the Marvel Universe have exploded into chaos, and the only thing standing in between the innocent people of New York and that chaos are the Defenders. But can a group of socially maladjusted heroes actually trust each other enough to continue as a team? Can the Defenders partner up with a stranger in a devil costume? And what is Diamondback’s big plan?
Review: Brian Michael Bendis continues to entertain with his run on the Defenders, which is working out to be a perfect lead up to the television series, which will have its premier on Netflix on Friday 18 August.
This issue begins with the current Editor and Chief of the Daily Bugle looking to find out why Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist have teamed up.
We then get a flash back which sees Black Cat investigation the latest new drug to hit the streets. Which leads up to Ben Urich getting a story that sees him returning to his former glory as a Bugle writer.
During this flash back we get a brief cameo appearances from Spider-Man, which is quite enjoyable, but not overly invasive to the story.
The issue then flips back to the present and picks up the street fight between Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Stryker from where it left off in the last issue.
Bendis pacing for this issue is brilliant. There is always a danger of writers over indulging in flashback sequences, but we get no such thing here. Nothing is wasted and the change over from the past to present is flawless.
The art work by David Marquez is a veritable feast for the eyes. I loved the sense of motion he brought to the fight between our two heres and Diamond Back.
The issue ends with some amazingly smart ass dialogue from Jessica Jones to the police and we get a fantastic twist as a much loved hero and villain get to travel together in a prison transport.
This can only mean that all hell is going to break loose in issue 5.
- Art Work9.8