Comic Review: The Defenders #4 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

This week will be a bit of a short review (its late!), but I picked up The Defenders #4 from Marvel Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by David Marquez, with colours from Justin Ponsor and letters from VC’s Cory Petit.

Cover by Marquez & Ponsor

This iteration of The Defenders stars Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil (hey, isn’t there a TV show coming soon with this exact team?), as they face off against a back-from-the-dead Diamondback, who is not only pushing a new deadly drug onto the streets, but also seems to have equally deadly superpowers of his own. He has already beaten Cage, and at the close of issue #3 it looked like he had put Iron First down permanently. But now that members of this newly formed Defenders team have started to work together a little more, Diamondback may have bitten off a little more than he can chew with these heroes.

It is interesting to see how much The Defenders has been informed by the Netflix shows, or at least what has been well regarded about them. Most of the characters are consistent between the comic and TV show versions (Diamondback not so much). However, Danny Rand is much more in line with the comic book version of the character, and the series is better for it. But there does seem to be a leaning on recognizable elements, and the next threat the team will face looks to be no different. However, with issue #4 wrapping up the initial conflict with Diamondback, this has been a very kinetic, simple and fun story.

Art by Marquez, Ponsor & Petit

However, as with Civil War II last year, the real headline for this book is David Marquez’s art. Everything in these 4 issues has been consistently great, with superb character work and even stronger action. The start of the issue is quick but subdued, with some very good shadow effects in the club and facial work from both the couple partaking in the Diamond drug, and the journalists at The Bugle. But the 3 pages with  Iron Fist unleashing his full power on Diamondback was gorgeous work from Marquez, and Ponsor’s use of dazzling yellow fire and red strikes made those pages sing.

The Defenders #4 is a fun cap to a very enjoyable opening arc. Bendis knows how to write team books and he knows how to write these characters. But David Marquez turns this into a truly strong book, and well worth picking up. Check it out digitally or in our local comic book shop now!

Score: 8 Emergency Transfers out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 85 – Angry Fist Boy

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Sound quality was a little off for the news section this week, sorry! This week we chat about the new trailers for Justice League, Spider-Man Homecoming, Valerian, IT and Destiny 2, and Sony’s weird announcements.

Screentime – Iron Fist

This week we talk about Iron Fist, the new Marvel Netflix show and the last hero before The Defenders team up series later this year. We go into spoilers, so if you haven’t seen it, skip from 41:56-56:19!

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Comic Review – Power Man and Iron Fist #2 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. He missed reviewing them while he tries to write up his PhD thesis, so every other week he’ll be reviewing one, with potential minor spoilers.

I had wanted to review the first issue of Power Man and Iron Fist when it came out a few weeks ago, but I was incredibly ill that week and any available typing ability had to be dedicated to work whenever I could. So I thought I’d take the opportunity to review issue #2 (and the fact that I picked it up probably indicates I rather enjoyed the first one). Power Man and Iron Fist was written by David Walker, with art by Sanford Greene, colours by Lee Loughridge and letters from VC’s Clayton Cowles, published by Marvel Comics.

PMIF2Years after they last teamed up, Heroes for Hire Luke Cage and Danny Rand, A.K.A. Power Man and Iron Fist, have joined forces to help their old office assistant Jennie. This led to them taking the Supersoul Stone from crime boss Lonnie ‘Tombstone’ Lincoln, and now he’s mad. He’s sending word out that he wants it back, and wants to know who sent Cage and Rand after it in the first place. Now it’s up to the Heroes for Hire to figure out what is going on, and what Jennie has to do with it.

Prior to this series I had never read any Heroes for Hire stuff, but with even with a bare-bones understanding of the characters and their world, Walker makes it incredibly easy to dive into Power Man and Iron Fist and enjoy the story. The dialogue between Luke and Danny is light hearted, snappy and fun, with the contrast between the former experiencing reticence at teaming up again and the latter’s enthusiastic naivety really selling the characters’ history. I thought that the pair would remain in the dark for a little longer, so I found the pace of the plot very refreshing as they are essentially back on the job so quickly (much to Luke, and Jessica Jones’s chagrin).

PMIFGreene’s art is initially what drove me to this series from previews and the covers that I saw before release, and it doesn’t disappoint on any level. There is something totally unique about it, jumping between excellent and hilarious facial expressions (largely Luke looking incredulous) and kinetic, gorgeous fight scenes as Danny and Luke tear apart anyone looking for the stone. Loughridge’s washed out colours finish off the tone very well, giving the book a retro vibe that works very well with the classic street level crime story taking place.

Power Man and Iron Fist has very quickly become one of my favourite comics not just from Marvel, but on the stands in general. Walker, Sanford, Loughridge and Cowles have produced a fresh and unique book that’s unlike anything else I’m reading, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Check it out at your LCS or digitally now!

Score: 9 Fiddle Faddles out of 10