Firstly, fellow Bleeding Cool writer and awesome person Joe Glass reviewed Defenders #6 a while back, so check that out too!
Diamondback is out on the streets again, and Black Cat is half-dead because of him. The Defenders have returned to meet him on the streets and put him back behind bars and save the Black Cat.
Daredevil worries he won’t be able to stay behind bars this time either, and it’s up to Assistant District Attorney Matt Murdock to try to keep him away this time.
A gang war seems to be on the horizon.
Let’s go ahead and get one part out of the way. Deadpool the Reviled is in this comic and on the cover, but, thankfully (and spoilers), he’s only on one page.
Don’t get me wrong, he manages to fit every stupid joke in that he can on that one page. He’s wearing a Netflix hoodie, references the page number, and tries to hit on Jessica Jones all on one page. But, I can forgive that when the rest of the comic is this good.
And this comic is freaking awesome. The battle between the Defenders and Diamondback is a bare-knuckle brawl, and Luke Cage cuts loose on Stryker.
The courtroom scene also injects a bit of realism in the defense’s case for Diamondback, citing the admittedly brutal violence committed upon Stryker and the fact that his escape was the result of Frank Castle’s actions.
What’s especially cool about that scene is the fact that David Marquez and Justin Ponsor make the sequence resemble a series of courtroom sketches. That’s pretty damn clever, and it looks really good.
There is a palpable tension as the situation worsens with Diamondback’s schemes and Black Cat, who is the only hope of putting Stryker away, barely holds onto life.
Brian Michael Bendis is decidedly not too Bendis-y in this issue too. The humor is well-timed and not too cute. It doesn’t throw off the tone, and, when quips are inserted, they are genuinely funny.
Marquez and Ponsor’s work looks great throughout the comic. It’s definitively super hero art, and it’s textured really well. The coloring work adds a lot of atmosphere, and the overall comic is among the best-looking of Marvel’s offerings right now.
So, maybe my opinion doesn’t really differ all that much from Joe Glass, but it’s worth reiterating how good this comic is. It’s really good and one of Marvel’s best comics. This one is doubly recommended, give it a read.
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