Defenders #7 Review: Iron Fist VS Elektra, Diamonback VS Hammerhead And Deadpool VS Humor

Defenders #7
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Writer: Brian Michael Bendis, Artist: David Marquez, Color Artists: Justin Ponsor, Paul Mounts Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: David Marquez and Justin Ponsor, Editor: Tom Brevoort, Assistant Editor: Alanna Smith, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Fellow Bleeding Cool writer Joe Glass reviewed this one too. Take a look here!

After a lengthy recap from Deadpool, Iron Fist confronts Elektra on her break-in at Heroes for Hire HQ. Naturally, this leads to an intense martial arts contest between the two warriors. For real, it is frigging intense.

Elsewhere, Diamondback begins making bold moves on Hammerhead’s territory.

Defenders #7 cover by David Marquez and Justin Ponsor
Defenders #7 cover by David Marquez and Justin Ponsor

First off, yeah, I was pretty exasperated when I saw that Deadpool’s recap was three pages of text. To its credit, it actually acknowledged something I feared while reading it. I was worried that this was going to subtract from the page count, but it didn’t. It even made a joke about how it doesn’t. Touché, Brian Michael Bendis, touché. Some of the punchlines landed for me, but most of it was still made up of trite meta-jokes.

Secondly, holy crap that fight between Iron Fist and Elektra. It is a little over five pages long with no dialogue and a blow-by-blow of the entire conflict. I was quite impressed, and David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, and Paul Mounts make the damn thing look incredible. That was a great way to start the story proper.

Some tension builds up in the team as well, with Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist not knowing who Daredevil is behind the mask (thanks to the Purple Children in the current Daredevil run by Charles Soule). That adds some intrigue to the team dynamic.

Admittedly (spoilers) the fact that Daredevil lets Elektra leave with no conflict is a tad hypocritical. I get it. They have history. However, he and Luke weren’t so keen on letting the Punisher get away, and both Frank and Elektra deal with their foes the same way. The comic doesn’t seem to pick up on this, as Luke, Danny, nor Jessica seem to have any qualms with that part of the interaction.

Also, when I said Diamondback was making bold moves, I meant he was making some bold frigging moves. Something rather dramatic happens on that front, and it was one of the more memorable parts of the comic.

The finale has some more Deadpool in it. It made me chuckle. Though I generally don’t like Deadpool, Mr. Bendis is able to get him to work somewhat.

Defenders #7 art by David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, and Paul Mounts
Defenders #7 art by David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, and Paul Mounts

And, as said above, Marquez, Ponsor, and Mounts do some amazing work on this comic. The art looks fantastic. There are many stunning panels in this book, and it’s one of the best-looking ones on the market right now without a doubt.

Defenders #7 hits with a bullseye. Between the fights, the conflict, and the villains, it is a fantastic read and one of the best single issues I’ve read in some time. I cannot recommend this one enough. Pick it up.

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Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.