Following up on the release of four teaser images featuring the Hulk, Namor, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange, Marvel announced the Friday afternoon the creative teams for a series of Defenders: The Best Defense one-shots.
Chip Zdarsky (Marvel 2-In-One), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen), Simone Di Meo (Old Man Logan Annual), Carlos Magno (Thunderbolts), Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight), Al Ewing (The Immortal Hulk) and Joe Bennett (The Immortal Hulk) will weave five individual stories that will culminate in The Defenders: The Best Defense.
Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense will be written by Al Ewing and illustrated by Simone Di Meo; Namor: The Best Defense will be written by Chip Zdarsky and illustrated by Carlos Magno; Doctor Strange: The Best Defense will have the creative team of writer Gerry Duggan and artist Greg Smallwood; Silver Surfer: The Best Defense will be written and illustrated by Jason Latour; and The Defenders: The Best Defense reunites The Immortal Hulk creative team of Ewing and artist Joe Bennet.
Marvel recently relaunched The Defenders as a street-level team of Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, following the Netflix series of the same name.
The publisher has dropped clues that a revival of the original Defenders is in the works. In Marvel’s October 2018 solicitations, Avengers #9 and The Immortal Hulk #7 see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes clash with a founding Defender. Avengers #9 takes the team to Atlantis to stop a civil war, with the issues debuting a new costume for the Sub Mariner, while The Immortal Hulk #7 has the Avengers looking to apprehend Bruce Banner’s new immortal alter-ego.
The Defenders: The Best Defense five-issue stories will be released in December.