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The Last Defenders #1

March 11, 2008

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Destiny Falls
Rating: T+

Nighthawk leads the new… or rather, the last Defenders!

Writers: Joe Casey & Keith Giffen
Breakdowns: Keith Giffen
Pencils: Jim Muniz
Inks: Cam Smith
Colors: Antonio Fabela
Letters: Albert Deschesne
Editor: Stephen Wacker
Cover Art: Steve McNiven
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Nighthawk has always been one of my favorite C-list Marvel characters, which perhaps is why he’s always been linked in my mind with the Defenders, a C-list team if ever there was one. Yeah, he’s not one of the founding four, but he’s often served as the heart of the team. Now, with the 50-state Initiative in gear, he convinces Tony Stark to resurrect the Defenders. Stark agrees, but with the caveat that he pick the team… and the membership definitely has room to grow.

I’m really tired of every Marvel book dripping with that subtext of “what’s Iron Man’s big scheme?”, but once you get past that, this is a fun issue. It’s got some whimsical moments without drifting into slapstick, and the inclusion of both She-Hulk and Colossus make a good deal of sense the way they’re presented here, and even the location of the team is a smart way to set things up. What’s more, there are hints in here that make it seem like Casey and Giffen are working to give the Defenders more prominent placement and a real place in the Marvel Universe, which is a good thing.

The art team does good work here too – Giffen, of course, is the king of layouts, and the rest of the crew manage to transfer the energy of his thumbnails into an energetic page.

It’s not great, not yet, but it’s good, and it’s got the potential to get even better.

Rating: 7/10

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