Review – The Defenders #8 (Marvel Comics)

The Defenders #8

Fight for Your Right

In the last issue of The Defenders Diamondback permanently took out one of his opponents for the title of Kingpin of New York when he put a bullet into Hammerhead’s skull, and with the Black Cat in the hospital it looks like Diamondback is ready to sit on his throne as the crime boss of New York in The Defenders #8. That is, unless Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Deadpool…wait, no, Deadpool is not joining the Defenders, really? Well, maybe you will have to read to find out!

Defenders #8 cover by David Marquez
Defenders #8 cover by David Marquez

The Defenders #8 picks up right after the previous issue with our heroes in the sniper scope of the one and only Punisher, with only Deadpool there to stop him! But why would Frank Castle want to gun down other heroes? We also find that Diamondback has a long history with original Kingpin Wilson Fisk, and now he is starting to beef up his ranks with some more powerful allies, to take over his throne. Meanwhile, a new foe throws his hat into the ring to become the new Kingpin of New York! All of this and more happens in The Defenders #8.

It seems like Bendis has flow with this series. One issue has a lot of information and pushes the plot forward, and then the next issue will be a lot of action, which does not push things forward as much. The Defenders #8 is one of those issues that really adds a lot to the plot and really pushes the story forward. While not the most exciting issue, it was a really good read and I am very interested in several things Bendis brought up and teased in this issue.  I am not going to spoil anything, but I am very excited to see what happens in the next few issues!


David Marquez continues to shine in The Defenders #8; he is really just a masterful artist. The detail and craft he puts into each panel and page is just amazing and it is easy just to get lost in his art. There are a great few pages of Deadpool getting beaten up that are absolutely just beautiful to look at. Justin Ponsor’s colors also continue to just be superbly done throughout the issue. They are subtle when they need to be and then just pop when the scene calls for it. Ponsor works perfectly with Marquez.

Michael Avon Oeming has art credits on this issue of The Defenders, and it does not specifically state it in the issue, but I am guessing he did the art for the flashback story with Diamondback. It has a nice black-and-white coloring to it and the art has a Tim Sale/Bruce Timm type feel. It is a really cool design and fits that flashback tale perfectly.


The Defenders continues to be one of, if not the best, series Marvel comics is putting out right now; I am not sure what is going to happen with it after Bendis leaves. I know it did not have a solicitation in March, but I have not heard if it is officially canceled yet. Let’s not focus on that–just focus on the fantastic story and beautiful art we are getting from this series right now, and enjoy it while we can!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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