Marvel Comics will take advantage of the increased profile of one of its super teams in 2017 when it launches a new Defenders title.
Brian Michael Bendis and Dave Marquez, the creative team behind the recently concluded “Civil War II,” as well as “Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man” and “Invincible Iron Man,” will bring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist together for a new comic in 2017, even as their television counterparts prepare to join forces as Netflix’s first superhero team show. Announced via The Hollywood Reporter, the series will launch in June following an introduction in Marvel’s 2017 Free Comic Book Day offering.
“You will get Jessica Jones looking out her window, street-level, and my return to Daredevil, which will be different than what I and Alex did before, and Luke and Danny, characters that I have a strong affinity for,” Bendis told THR of the series. “I spent most of the oughts being mocked for the love of Luke Cage. Now that Luke Cage is a household name, I just sit back in my chair and laugh and laugh.”
“I wanted do a sprawling, Godfather-like epic at the street level of the Marvel Universe,” Bendis added, “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.”
“There are a lot of fans who will say, ‘Oh they’re doing a TV show, so of course there’s going to be a comic,’ but at least in this case, there’s a comic I can point you to,” Marvel senior vp executive editor Tom Brevoort told THR. “Read the last two pages of Brian’s ‘New Avengers!’ Certainly that there is a big new exciting Netflix TV show coming is a good excuse for us to get to that story that we planted the seed on.”
The announcement answers one of the mystery projects Bendis teased via a recent Tumblr post which saw the writer share artwork hinting at his Marvel plans for the new year. Among the pages and covers he posted was a page from his New Avengers run featuring Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Squirrel Girl, as the three heroes discussed their plans for the future.
Marvel Comics’ “Defenders,” by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez, debuts with a Free Comic Book Day preview in May 2017, and officially kicks off its ongoing series in June.