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Defenders [2017-2018] #1-10

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Reading Format:

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Story […very briefly.]

This story is written by Brian Michael Bendis.  The Kingpin has gone legit. [Yeah, right.]  Who will be the new Kingpin?  It’s up to the newly formed team of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Ironfist [Because you know, netflix show lineup.], to find out.  Also why are believed dead villains comming back to life? [Don’t hold your breath for a good explanation.]

Art [Just IMHO.]

David Marquez artwork is on point.  Too bad the story isn’t.

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Other Notes [???]

Ok.  This story.  Ummm, it started off really strong but in the end it didn’t really go anywhere.  In the beginning we have this really interesting lead in with Diamondback, who everyone thought was dead showing up and this new street drug that he’s distributing through the city.  It’s a really good mystery set up but it never delivers a satisfying stopping point.  Every issue pretty much ends with a shocking cliffhanger, even the last one.  In these ten issues appearances are made by Night Nurse, The Punisher, Daughters of the Dragon, Black Cat and Deadpool, to name a few.

The dialing and friendly banter between the characters, works well and carries the story along.  The art is consistently good throughout.  Unfortunately the story meanders in the end; with a poorly thought out wrap up.  It feels very much like an unfinished work.

These issues are also collected in the two trades titled Defenders Vol. 1: Diamonds Are Forever and Defenders Vol. 2: Kingpins of New York.

In Other News! [For Fun.]

Netflix has canceled Iron Fist after two seasons.  Which is disappointing for me as I actually really liked the show and the second season had a really interesting tease at the end of it that I was really hoping to see play out.  Oh, well!  Maybe we’ll get to see the characters in on of the other series.  Here’s a link to one of the many articles about it.

https://www.ign.com/articles/2018/10/13/iron-fist-canceled-netflix-kills-first-marvel-series

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Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This morning I finished watching the Netflix Jessica Jones series and I did not want it to be over; so on to volume one of the Alias comic book from the early 2000’s.

Wow! I really like the two stories in this volume. Very sophisticated and nuanced writing, if slightly dated, by the technology being used in the stories. It was a page turner, and I read it in one sitting.

The first story is about Jessica getting duped into making a potentially embarrassing video of a well know super hero. Who tricked her and why?

The second story is about Rick Jones; can’t really say much about that one or I’d ruin it for you, but it’s a very psychological story.

Too bad I can’t say I care for the art, which I only found to be passable, at best. It’s mood inducing but pretty unattractive and dull.

This is one of the few things from the comic that directly made it into the TV series:

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This little conversation between Jessica and Carol Danvers at the beginning of the second storyline really made me laugh.

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There is a scene in the Jessica Jones netflix series that sort of plays homage to this famous? infamous page…

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Yesterday’s X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, ever since I got my Marvel Unlimited subscription I had really been avoiding reading X-Anything. I’m a little conflicted about this storyline. Honestly I think the premise of the story is beyond stupid but it actually didn’t end up being as bad as I thought it might be. There are so many storylines that I’ve missed over the years I don’t know if I’ll ever catch up but I might go ahead and try to continue reading some X-Men titles again starting with this title and branching out.

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