Marvel Launches New ‘Defenders’ Comic Featuring Netflix Lineup

Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil form the new four-color team

Marvel’s original lineup of The Defenders consisted of Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor, and later on Silver Surfer. That’s not too shabby a selection, but somehow, the team has always had something of a second-string flavor to it. Especially compared to flagship teams like The Avengers and X-Men.

That’s all set to change with the culmination of Marvel’s string of successful Netflix dramas, when Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join each other as The Defenders in their own 8-part series on the streaming service. But Marvel Comics isn’t about to let their TV department get ahead of them, and is capitalizing on the heightened popularity of the characters and the buzz around the series by launching a comic series with the same lineup.

“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 upcoming comic’s writer Brian Michael Bendis told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bendis is natural fit for the book, since his run on Daredevil spanned years and is perhaps the most influential part of the character’s history after Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s. During his tenure on the title, Matt Murdock frequently crossed paths with Jessica Jones, a character he created in his series Alias. And Luke Cage, well, he’s always been one of Bendis’ favorite characters, and probably wouldn’t enjoy anywhere near his current prominence without the writer lugging him into nearly every story he wrote for a decade.

The artist on the title will be the acclaimed David Marquez, who collaborated with Bendis on the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (starring Miles Morales) and the crossover event Civil War II. Justin Ponsor is joining them as colorist, with Alanna Smith and comics veteran Tom Brevoort as editors.

That’s quite the lineup itself, and according to Bendis (and provided they’ll hook enough readers), they’re in it for the long haul themselves: “I love ongoing titles. I love what happens in the second year of titles” he elaborated, revealing that another years-long run is certainly on his mind again for this one. “There’s a lot of hit-and-run writers and artists, I get that, but I find the real substance is when you’ve made a commitment.”

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