“The older I get, the more life seems to be the stupid, frustrating stuff that gets in the way of YOU and reading comics.”
That’s what Danny Rand, Iron Fist, said in the first issue of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s new Defenders series. I’m here to make sure that nothing gets in the way of you, Forbidden Planeteers, and reading The Defenders #4.
The Defenders is one of the most engaging superhero books going. It has a vibe that’s as hyper-modern as it is old school, with big action, complicated characters, serious weirdness, and more energy than Quicksilver on a cappuccino binge. In just the first three issues, the team got together, went to Wundagore Mountain, saved the universe, and stole a powerful, mysterious device called the Concordance Engine.
This week’s tale, the first of three issues focusing on individual Defenders, deals with Doctor Strange accidentally revving the Engine, whilst simultaneously finding himself targeted by an unscrupulous young street magician. Guest artist Michael Lark keeps the strange proceedings believable, while Matt Fraction turns up the pathos.
Believe me folks, the Defenders will surprise you every time – it’s far too cool to play by the rules. Don’t miss it.
If you’d like to jump on board the current Defenders series issue #1 is currently available here.