THE_BEST_DEFENSE

The original Defenders reuniting at long last for new Marvel Comics series

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Aug 24, 2018

The Defenders are getting ready to defend once again, and we're not talking about Daredevil and the rest of the Netflix heroes.

Before Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage took on the mantle, the name was used by what Marvel refers to as a "non-team," via today's press release. It included Doctor Strange, The Immortal Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer. For the first time in decades, this team of OGs is about to make a return to the pages of Marvel Comics in a new series called Defenders: The Best Defense

The first time that this particular team came together was in 1971's Marvel Feature #1. The non-team had plenty of rotating members joining them over the years, including Trish "It's Patsy!" Walker (Hellcat) and Hawkeye. Heroes like Luke Cage and Iron Fist eventually joined in as well (Daredevil and Jessica Jones never joined, for what it's worth), but the original foursome still remained the backbone of the team.

That changed when the group was rebranded as "The New Defenders" in the early '80s. Alas, Issue #125 included a prophecy that stated that if the classic four ever joined forces again, the world would end. Not wanting that to happen, the classic four parted ways, and haven't joined together since. 

The new series will hopefully avoid such a fate as it brings together a huge assembly of talented writers and artists, including Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen), Simone DiMeo (Old Man Logan Annual), Carlos Magno (Thunderbolts), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), Al Ewing (The Immortal Hulk), and Joe Bennett (The Immortal Hulk).

Four interconnected specials will tell a unique story for each character, with a fifth story bringing them all together. Take a look at the cover included in the release, which features this fab foursome doing what they do best: 

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Courtesy of Marvel

The full breakdown for the series is as follows: 

IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Simone Di Meo 
Promo art by Ron Garney and Richard Isanove

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NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by Chip Zdarsky
Art by Carlos Magno 
Promo art by Ron Garney and Richard Isanove

NAMOR

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by Gerry Duggan
Art by Greg Smallwood
Promo art by Ron Garney and Richard Isanove

DR_STRANGE

SILVER SURFER: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by Jason Latour 
Art by Jason Latour

THE DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE
Written by Al Ewing
Art by JOE Bennett
Promo art by Ron Garney and Richard Isanove

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Expect the new series to hit the shelves this December. In the meantime, let us know in the comments which group of Defenders you'd most like to be defended by, the ODs or the street-level Defenders.
 


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