The Defenders #4
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: David Marquez
Colors: Justin Pansor
As the battle to fill the power vacuum left by a newly “reformed” Kingpin of Crime, Wilson Fisk, rages on in the streets of Harlem and New York City, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Daredevil have formed The Defenders to protect the innocents caught in the crossfire. Unfortunately, they keep finding themselves caught in it, themselves.
What you need to know:
Diamondback has mysteriously returned from the dead with a thirst for violence and a new power set to help him quench it. He has attacked each of the heroes separately in his bid for Kingpin of Crime. But, he also has some established competition in The Black Cat.
After an attack by the Punisher lands Daredevil, Jessica and Iron Fist next to a previously poisoned Luke Cage in the Night Nurse’s clinic, the team split up to investigate Diamondback and his rise to power. Daredevil and Luke Cage have a run in with the Punisher while Jessica and Iron Fist are confronted by Diamondback himself.
In the shocking cliffhanger ending, Diamondback snaps Iron Fist’s back over his bent knee.
What you’ll find out
We start off with a flashback to the very beginning of Diamondback’s recent rise to power. He is distributing a dangerous new drug which is the next level of Mutant Growth Hormone called IGH (Inhuman Growth Hormone?). When Black Cat discovers the recent surge in the drug’s popularity on the streets, she asks Hammerhead to have someone try the drug and report back on its effects. Hammerhead passes the task on to a henchman further down the totem pole, who (after an appearance by Miles Morales) tries it with his girlfriend. Let’s just say, this is some WEIRD stuff.
High or no, this is just not normal behavior.
The henchman leaves and reports back to Hammerhead about how IGH helps you briefly feel your ultimate potential before leaving you on a high that lasts for hours. He then returns home to find the police and reporter Ben Urich in the apartment, where his girlfriend has apparently died from an overdose on the obviously unstable substance. First clue for me that this drug isn’t a good idea would’ve been when light starting pouring out of every orifice, but, hey… that’s just me.
Ben takes advantage of the man’s emotional breakdown, using the distraction to abscond with evidence from the crime scene. Back at the Daily Bugle, Publisher Robbie Robertson commends him on a great job, hiring him back to the paper before sending him on the trail of a connected story… Who are the Defenders?
What Just Happened
After watching her friend Iron Fist’s back snapped over Diamondback’s knee? Jessica. Jones. SNAPS.
This is a great scene with some awesome dialogue. (Side note: I love how Brian Bendis writes Jessica Jones.) She proceeds to beat the every loving sh*t out of Diamondback and she does so in true Jessica Jones style with her never ending flurry of wildly sarcastic insults. Diamondback manages to get a few good punches in, as well, but our girl DOMINATES for a while and it is satisfying as hell.
We round out the issue with a jaw dropping comeback, an apparent fall from grace and the shadowy return of a certain someone’s sai branding ex-girlfriend.
I am loving this book. I cannot speak highly enough of it. They have the perfect writer and perfect artist for the cast. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy immediately.