Defenders #1 Preview

I must say, I’m pretty keen for this series to kick off in December. Matt Fraction is one of my fave Marvel scribes and I’ll pick up anything that Terry Dodson creates. Defenders is one of those lesser known superteams, but Fraction has been giving some intriguing tidbits to CBR about this series all week such as:

The unique lineup will allow Fraction to take the Defenders all over the Marvel Universe and tell any kind of story he wants. “‘Defenders’ is designed to be a series that any body that loves Marvel Comics can read. It’s lots of short arcs and self-contained stories,” Fraction stated. “It’s a different kind of comic for different times. It’s much more like how Marvel books used to be. We’re doing a different thing now.

“I want ‘Defenders’ to be fueled by that same kind of raw imagination that fueled Marvel so vitally in the early years. I want ‘Defenders’ to be as wildly inventive as those books. I want to write a comic where you have to stop every few pages because you hit something that makes you go, ‘Whoa!’ I want to bring back the whoa factor and the wow factor as a going concern.”

Some of that sense of awe and wonder will come from the insanely powerful foes that the Defenders must face. “I wanted to take this ghettoized team and put them in the middle of a threat to the entirety of everything. The underdogs, the weirdoes, the freaks fighting against this amazing, huge, thing. Discovering who it is and why is the story of the book, but by the time the book is done, you’ll know why everything in the Marvel Universe happened the way it did,” Fraction said. “You’ll know why a radioactive spider gave Peter Parker his powers. You’ll know why cosmic rays turned four rogue astronauts into the Fantastic Four. You’ll know why there are mutants. You’ll know why Steve Rogers was one in a million and became Captain America and not just another kid injected with an arm full of weird goo. Why it all happened, who was behind it all and what is yet to happen. It’s ambitious and broad and covers the entirety of the Marvel Universe territory as a space, as an idea and as a fictional place we all visit from time to time.

Your First Look At DEFENDERS #1

When the impossible is everywhere and the very fabric of reality is threatened by insanity, the world needs more than super heroes…they need Defenders! Enter Defenders #1, from the top-selling creative team of Matt Fraction (Fear Itself, Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor) and Terry Dodson (Uncanny X-Men), as Doctor Strange assembles a new team of heroes to face a new kind of threat that will leave readers shocked. Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Namor, Red She-Hulk, Silver Surfer and more of your favorite Marvel Heroes will band together exploring corners of the Marvel Universe you never knew existed for missions so deadly they have to be kept secret. Once a Defender, always a Defender – no matter the cost or sacrifice.

This December, all-new era in Marvel history begins with Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s Defenders #1.

DEFENDERS #1 (OCT110587)

DEFENDERS #1 IMMONEN VARIANT (OCT110588)

DEFENDERS #1 ADAMS VARIANT (OCT110589)

DEFENDERS #1 ADAMS INKED VARIANT (SEP118111)

DEFENDERS #1 BLANK VARIANT (OCT110590)

DEFENDERS #1 I AM A DEFENDER VARIANT (OCT110591)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON

Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS

Sketch Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS

Blank Variant available

I Am A Defender Variant also Available

FOC—11/7/11, On-Sale—12/7/11

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