Brian Bendis is leaving Marvel Comics for DC Comics. But on his way out, he’s going round the houses to prepare the way for those who will follow him. Which means, in Defenders, one more go at his meta-police station gag, with a cosplayer being manhandled by police, shouting out continuity points from other comic books.. It began in Ultimate Spider-Man 17 years ago, but soon spilled into any scene set in a police station that he happened to be writing. Here are a few…
And a final one featuring someone dressed as… Brian Bendis?
But there’s a little more meta to spread first. Delusions of grandeur?
So, how is Brian leaving his comic books? Well, as Riri Williams begins to give up her identity and Tony Stark makes his comeback, the Starkified Doctor Doom is having his own issues with the Hood, the Bryan Vaughan-created villain-and-occasional-hero who works as a what-if version of Peter Parker, Spider-Man and has been peppered through Bendis’ books as well. First coming a lot closer to taking down Doom than Doom thinks he should.
While the end of the Defenders suggests he will have a much greater role to play…
The Hood is getting a power up and becoming the new Kingpin? Delusions of grandeur? Shared by the Purple Man?
Jessica Jones is also a what-if Spider-Man, having been in the same class as Peter Parker at school… and like the Hood learned different lessons about power and responsibility.
What does she have to teach Purple Man?
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #596
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev (CA) Mike Deodato
THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK Part 4
• Doom is trapped in a hell of his own making, Riri makes a huge choice for the future and the mystery of Tony Stark begins to reveal itself – and it’s a shocker! Who is behind Iron Man’s amazing resurrection, and is this the Tony we all know and love?
Rated T+In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
JESSICA JONES #16
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN PART 4
• Never in the history of Marvel Comics has a horror so true and all-encompassing found its way to the door of one of our heroes.
• How can Jessica Jones and family survive the return of the Purple Man?
Parental Advisory In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Marquez
KINGPINS OF NEW YORK Part 4
• Harlem burns as the Defenders push back against the bloodiest gang war in Marvel history.
• Some will rise, some will fall and there will be new Defenders…
Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 31, 2018