That’s right, Netflix’s first superhero team are coming back to Marvel comics! Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will all unite in a single comic written by Brian Michael Bendis (shock!), and drawn by David Marquez (another shock!).

The Defenders are a classic comic book team, but this roster is brand new. Heroes such as Doctor Strange and The Incredible Hulk were usual suspects in the old school roster, but Marvel Comics are looking to stay inline with the Netflix series.

Bendis co-created Jessica Jones, of course, so it’s no surprise to see him write her once again. Pair this with the fact that Marvel seem to favour Marquez over most artists, we’re not particularly surprised to see him helm this comic. This comic will see The Defenders come together to “take on various criminal empires vying for dominance in New York City and the neighbourhood of Hell’s Kitchen“.

Here’s exactly why Bendis took on this book, just after finishing the shoddy Civil War II event:

I wanted to do a sprawling, Godfather-like epic at the street level of the Marvel Universe, really putting out hooks down and creating a modern, elaborate organized crime story that is different than what has gone before, but builds on everything that has happened to these characters, as individuals or as a team, and putting them in the hardest battle for the street that anyone can imagine.

The Defenders will launch in June, perhaps a month or two before the Netflix series does!

This news comes exclusively from THR.


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