Wow! This title keeps getting better and better. Three issues in, and I am completely invested in all of these characters - Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist, Punisher, Black Cat, etc. And this is coming from a guy who hated the Luke Cage Netflix pilot, thought Daredevil's show was boring and actually kind of liked Iron Fist. Jessica Jones on Netflix was fire though.
Issue 3 starts off with some baller moves from Black Cat as she goes mano-e-mano with the big baddy of the first arc- Diamondback. The first two issues do a great job of actually making a villain seem intimidating. And by the end of Issue 3, I'm legit scared for these Defenders. Can we talk about Black Cat again? I had no idea this character existed until a month ago, and I believe she's only appeared in a few scenes here and there, and I'm already her biggest fan. The presence she brings to the story is very intriguing and mysterious. How have I never heard of her before? She's definitely got a big role to play, and I can't wait for the big reveal.
Issue 3 moves along quite briskly as the team tries to understand why the Punisher thwarted their efforts in chasing Diamondback. And throughout the story, there is some great exposition on Luke Cage and Diamondback's history, and how Diamondback's resurrection in cause for major concern. The cliffhanger Issue 3 ends on is quite the doozy. And I can't wait for #4.
I cannot stress enough how amazing David Marquez's art is on this series. The way he draws this book completely matches the tone that Brian Michael Bendis is going for. There are some beautiful panels of the Punisher and Diamondback that really make you pause. And Bendis's talent for weaving multiple characters into a meaningful story is on high display with this book. Issue 3 continues to build on the momentum that the first two issues started. I can't wait to see where Bendis and Marquez take The Defenders.