What You Missed: Continuing from Defenders #7, the team confronts Deadpool and the Punisher. Meanwhile, Diamondback continues to push forward and make moves in his bid for complete control of Hell’s Kitchen including everything—and everyone—within.
Summary: This was a great issue, especially from Diamondback’s point of view. For part of the issue, they delved deeper into his backstory and detail some of the past events on where he got his start in in the business. They show how he went from a very green and wet behind-the-ears thug to a serious contender for ownership of Hell’s Kitchen. In his account, he mentions The Kingpin as well, linking their experiences together on their way up the criminal enterprise ladder.
Diamondback has a way with words as he knows what to say and can still reach people who appear to be disenfranchised and had issues with the past regime. He shows that while he has a mean streak, he can be charismatic when it comes to rallying people to his cause. In this issue, we see this in full view as he attempts to talk some folks into taking on the Defenders. Speaking of the heroes, they reached a new understanding which I won’t spoil here. They had a hurdle of sorts that was mentioned in a few issues before this involving trust that they end up conquering as a team.
Deadpool is in this issue as well and is his usual funny self, though honestly, I would have sacrificed him for more developmental time for the heroes’ crew. He still is a welcome addition either way and another cameo makes this a can’t-miss issue for me. I wish there was more Punisher though, but aside from that, I have no real problems; this was one of my favorite issues though I’m not sure if it tops the last one with the great Iron Fist vs Elektra fight.