Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist...we know all of these characters from decades of excellent Marvel Comics titles, and, more recently, as the heroes (and also the anti-heroes) of the collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix. With Marvel and Netflix bringing these characters together as the new Defenders on the small screen, the comic books Marvel publishes are also emulating this lineup of heroes with the new Defenders comic book title "The Defenders." As long-time comic book fans know, the recent successes enjoyed by Marvel in movies and television have led to changes in how characters and teams are portrayed in the comics. Tony Stark in the comics, for example, has developed a smart-ass personality to match the Robert Downey Jr. version of Tony Stark from the movies. Prior to the movie successes of Iron Man and the Avengers, Stark was a rich, drunk playboy with a serious side to how he interacted with other characters. Now, in the comics, a lot of the serious side is gone, as the comic book character channels Downey's take on the character. The Defenders show, as noted above, features Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (and probably will also show the Punisher, AsPatsy "Trish" Walker, and others), is another example of how Marvel changes the comics to fit their TV and movie universes. The original Defenders boasted a powerful lineup including: Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Silver Surfer, Valkyrie, and Hellcat, among many others. Wait...HELLCAT? That is Patsy Walker, who is also in the Jessica Jones TV show....hmmmm.... The new Defenders show should be interesting, even though it will not feature the classic, comic-book lineup of Defenders heroes. The new Defenders comic drops on June 14, and is written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is known for good dialogue and great character development. Art is by David Marquez.
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Roger Lee is a life-long comic book and sci-fi aficionado. As such, he fell into the habit of writing about the superheroes and sci-fi scenarios that he reads in the comics and books and sees on screen. Since writings on superheroes need to be shared, he has written for web audiences for years. His writings have appeared on www.comicshistoryguy.com, www.comicbookmovie.com, www.bamsmackpow.com, and now in superheroreviews.com.