While “The Defenders” many people know come from the team-up featured in the Netflix show of the same name (Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist) there was a first set of Defenders: Doctor Strange, The Hulk, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Silver Surfer. First making their appearance in December 1971 in “Marvel Feature” #1, the original four reunite this December in all new one-shot stories featuring such creative talent as Gerry Duggan (“Deadpool”), Al Ewing and Joe Bennett (“The Immortal Hulk”), and Jason Latour (“Spider-Gwen”).
The “Defenders” moniker has had several members over the years in addition to the core four that launched the series in 1971, including Luke Cage, Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat. Several series have reunited the original Defenders in 2001 and 2005, and Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s “Defenders” in 2011 brought the mix of classic and new characters that was a staple in the 1970s and 1980s. The most recent “Defenders” comic series was last year, capitalizing on the Netflix series and featuring that team.
Release dates for these one-shots are unknown at this time, but you can check out the titles and creative teams in the press release below.
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