The Original Defenders Return with DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE!

Featuring all-star creative teams and brand new stories of the non-team, coming this December!

New York, NY—August 24, 2018—Doctor Strange. The Immortal Hulk. Namor the Sub-Mariner. The Silver Surfer. You know their names and you know their powers…and you know them as the DEFENDERS! This December, Marvel’s favorite non-team – the original Defenders – return in all-new stories!

With an assembly of stellar creative teams, writers and artists such as 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 spin five interconnected specials that tell a unique and captivating story for each original Defender.

See below for the full creative teams, and stay tuned to Marvel for more information, coming soon!

 

IMMORTAL HULK: THE BEST DEFENSE

Written by AL EWING

Art by SIMONE DI MEO

 

NAMOR: THE BEST DEFENSE

Written by CHIP ZDARSKY

Art by CARLOS MAGNO

 

DOCTOR STRANGE: THE BEST DEFENSE

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art by GREG SMALLWOOD

 

SILVER SURFER: THE BEST DEFENSE

Written by JASON LATOUR

Art by JASON LATOUR

 

THE DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE

Written by AL EWING

Art by JOE BENNETT

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Best news from Marvel in forever!!

I love this (non)-team!!

PLEASE let this be good!

In a related note, last week I got the Sub-Mariner Marvel Legends figure from Target (which I was looking for a couple of months now) then the Walgreen's exclusive Silver Surfer figure (which I knew nothing about as I'm waiting for the Thing!).

Honesty time, I never really considered the Silver Surfer as a major Defender. If there was a fourth Defender, it was the Valkyrie! 

That bearded Subby face is clearly saying "Talk to the hand."  And the hand is right there!

I always thought the original Defenders was ridiculously over-powered, and that Subby was superfluous on any team with the Hulk on it. But I read somewhere that the purpose of the team was to use every major character that wasn't already on a team, although I don't remember where I read that, so I don't know if it's true.

Valkyrie was a welcome addition of estrogen, although at the time her backstory was so Hawkmaned (I just made that a verb) that I just had to put it out of my mind. I much prefer that she be an actual Valkyrie and that all that Barbra Norris crap go away.

I much prefer that she be an actual Valkyrie and that all that Barbra Norris crap go away.

Jack Norris:   BARBARAAAAAA!

Also, wasn't there a story where it was established that if these four ever got together again, the world would end?

There was also a whole series where if they ever separated, the world would end. So I guess the answer is "things change." I can't relate the details, though, as I stopped reading Marvel comprehensively 8 years ago and a lot has happened in those 8 years -- until they're erased, which they always are.

The Baron said:

Also, wasn't there a story where it was established that if these four ever got together again, the world would end?

The Baron's story was used to write out Dr Strange and co. at the start of the team's New Defenders period (c. #125). Writer J. M. DeMatteis also used the storyline to explain the murderous elf from Steve Gerber's run and a mysterious tribunal from Ed Hannigan's.

I don't know the Captain's story. The net tells me in the 2001 Kurt Busiek/Eric Larsen series the four were afflicted with a curse by Yandoth that forced them to fight together. A jokey series by Keith Giffen and DeMatteis starring the four appeared a couple of years later.

Yes, the 2001 series is the one I was thinking of, where four guys who couldn't stand to be around each other any more and were once forced to stay away from each other were now forced to be around each other all the time by Yandroth (who was the first foe the original three fought in Marvel Feature #1). For some reason, my brain says that series somehow became The Order, but I may be conflating a couple of Defenders reboots.

You're remembering right. The Order succeeded the 2001 series, and was written, the net tells me, by Jo Duffy and Busiek.

"Also, wasn't there a story where it was established that if these four ever got together again, the world would end?"

Peter David declared that development to be a hoax decades ago. He didn't go into to much detail; just refered to it as a "hoax" and moved on.

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