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4-Page Preview of Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson's 'Defenders' #1

Marvel reveals four pages from their new title due to hit stores this December.

What's this? Another Marvel title being penned by Marvel Architect Matt Fraction? That's right! Marvel is relaunching 'The Defenders,' and has gotten a rather unlikely team together. At the forefront, Doctor Stephen Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme who will be getting help from Namor, Red She-Hulk, Silver Surfer and Iron Fist. The title, which will feature the art of Terry Dodson will be hitting comic store shelves this December. It will be interesting to see how Fraction deals with so many powerhouses on one team. According to the press release from Marvel, the team will be dealing with "a new kind of threat," but what could it be?

The first issue features a character that has not been named to the team -- the Hulk. Two of the characters are also getting new costumes -- it lseems Doctor Strange has officially lost the cape and Namor got a new gold, black and white suit. Pretty snazzy. You know, because it's important to have a new costume when you're dealing with a new threat.

Marvel won't be releasing this series without some retailer incentives, either; including but not limited to a free Defenders/X-Sanction preview book, a Neal Adams inked variant cover and much more. Full details of retailer incentives below. What do you think of the four-page, unlettered preview? Is this a book you are looking forward to picking up on December 17th?

== TEASER ==
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS
Sketch Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS
Blank Variant available
I Am A Defender Variant also Available
FOC—11/7/11, On-Sale—12/7/11
  • A free Defenders/Avengers X-Sanction preview book in stores Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Exciting new ordering incentives for retailers, announced in this week’s Marvel Mailer
  • Full issue preview on Diamond Retailer Site
  • Extremely limited-edition Defenders #1 Neal Adams Inked Variant
  • In-store promotional items including mini-posters, postcards and more.
  • Digital marketing designed to drive consumers to comic stores for Defenders #1
  • Prominently placed Defenders house ads in major Marvel comics
  • A month long promotion through the Marvel Comics app, designed to create greater awareness and interest in Defenders
  • Defenders-centric E-mail blasts to consumers
  • Mainstream press timed around the Defenders #1 on-sale
  • Ads in each digital issue of Defenders #1 directing fans to check out subsequent issues at their local comic shop
This December, all-new era in Marvel history begins with Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson’s Defenders #1.
DEFENDERS #1 (OCT110587)
DEFENDERS #1 IMMONEN VARIANT (OCT110588)
DEFENDERS #1 ADAMS VARIANT (OCT110589)
DEFENDERS #1 ADAMS INKED VARIANT (SEP118111)
DEFENDERS #1 BLANK VARIANT (OCT110590)
DEFENDERS #1 I AM A DEFENDER VARIANT (OCT110591)
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Posted by Aeroman

I think I might get this one

Posted by ARMIV2

Nice, I'm digging Doctor Strange's new duds.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Wow, that looks amazing. Anything with Red She Hulk would be great :)

Posted by PowerPlug

WILL THIS BE THE GREAT BOOK TO BRING ME BACK TO MARVEL COMICS?!?!?!?! 
Probably not :P

Posted by Owie

I was kind of interested a new Defenders title, I liked the old one. But not with Fraction.

Plus, will the Surfer still be "tethered" to the world tree in this series, focusing his life to guarding it, and weakening as he gets farther away? You'd think so, considering Fraction is the one who wrote that change.

I guess that change was made to make him so he wouldn't so over-power his teammates here. But I'd have rather seen him with the Annihilators.

Posted by Golden Cod

Until they explain what "protecting reality from insanity" involves I'm not gonna care. I'll stick with H.P. Lovecraft for my insanity needs.

Posted by SexualLobster

How is Iron fist reallyu comparible to Silver Surfer? Or Doctor Strange? It's just like having Captain America on teams with Thor and the Hulk. It's stupid.

Posted by Atomic_Punk

Another promising idea with some of my favorite characters .....being spearheaded by Fraction.... Damn.

Posted by Donovan Montgomery

If it's on the shelf at my store when I go in, I'll pick it up for the team. If I like the first, I'll put it on my list, I miss Dr. Strange and Silver Surfer in my collection.

Posted by Namor1987

@SexualLobster said:

How is Iron fist reallyu comparible to Silver Surfer? Or Doctor Strange? It's just like having Captain America on teams with Thor and the Hulk. It's stupid.

It's really not that stupid. They all bring somesting different to the table, Strange his mystic powers; Surfer has Power Cosmic; Red She-Hulk has her Mighty Sword & raw strength; Namor power of the ocean; & Iron Fist is a Living weapon it's diverse.

Posted by carnivalofsins00

Anything that gets Fraction writing Iron Fist again is alright in my book.

Posted by movieartman

what the hells your problem fraction is still a billion times better than leob, morrison, millar (at this post Nemisis point) and even bendis and yall folks that grip about fraction not being able to write dialogue its still better than the usless banter bendis fills his books with that said givem a choice Rick Remminder would have been my #1 choice for writer on this book after his incredible uncanny x-force work and jonathan hickman my #2 that said i wouldnt trade him being off ultimates for this

Posted by cincyducksfan35

After Fractions Fear Itself can't say I'd risk trying anything else by him so soon... Idk tough call

Posted by movieartman

fear itself was damn good the only problem was the pacing, 2 unesscary deaths and the final battle jammed in a single issue and the ironman vs grey gargoyle stuff taking place entirely in the invicible iroman book com on fractions ironman has been consitantly good and thoose issues the tie in to fear itself where really great

Posted by revbucky

Awesome artwork!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by RainEffect

Namor and Iron Fist on the same team? Yes please.
 
As for Fraction, he is literally a dice. One moment he's crafting an amazingly in-depth storyline (Invincible Iron Man) and then he's writing complete incomprehensible bollocks (Mighty Thor, Fear Itself).

Posted by Fluke-buddha
@movieartman said:
what the hells your problem fraction is still a billion times better than leob, morrison, millar (at this post Nemisis point) and even bendis and yall folks that grip about fraction not being able to write dialogue its still better than the usless banter bendis fills his books with that said givem a choice Rick Remminder would have been my #1 choice for writer on this book after his incredible uncanny x-force work and jonathan hickman my #2 that said i wouldnt trade him being off ultimates for this
Just because Fraction isn't as bad as some people, doesn't mean he doesn't suck.
Posted by LordRequiem

Who is that massive person in the back ground? New villain?

Posted by PrinceIMC

Woo Iron Fist.

@LordRequiem: I believe it's the entity that was inhabiting Hulk during Fear Itself. That's what I gather from the preview at the end of Fear Itself.

Posted by Nova`Prime`

Is it just me or does Dr. Strange's costume look an awful lot like Adam Warlocks?

For comparison.
Posted by madrid_san

So Namor, IF and Strange are all Multiple teams like Logan, spiderman, thing, and the list goes on...

Edited by Omertalvendetta

SPOILER (tags weren't working for me for some reason....)

Can someone explain to me how Silver Surfer is in this if he's no longer the Surfer as far as Mighty Thor #6 goes??

Posted by evo23

I thought they destroyed all the mighty weapons at the end of fear itself?

Posted by TheCrowbar
@madrid_san said:
So Namor, IF and Strange are all Multiple teams like Logan, spiderman, thing, and the list goes on...
I actually have a theory on this.
 
Franklin Richards ran out of new people to add so he's just cloning people now.
Posted by goldenkey

Marvel and another "New Threat". It's always another new threat. It's only a new threat if it's a new character and I doubt that. You know what a new threat is? If it's "The Defender vs the I.R.S." Thats something new. Regardless, I discovered Fraction from reading Iron Man and I love it. So happy shitty ass Fear Itself is over so he can get back to that.

Edited by daredeville

@Omertalvendetta said:

SPOILER (tags weren't working for me for some reason....)

Can someone explain to me how Silver Surfer is in this if he's no longer the Surfer as far as Mighty Thor #6 goes??

He still has powers, Galactus never took them away. Only a spoiler if you haven't read Mighty Thor #6:

Galactus said that the Surfer was now tied to Earth, and the further away from Earth he goes, the more his powers diminish. It is confusing since the Surfer is no longer the herald, and when Galactus leaves we see the Surfer in human form. The reason he is in human form is that he can change to it at will, but how he does it right away when Galactus is leaving confused a lot of people, apparently. You're not the only one.

I personally liked that conclusion with Surfer realizing he has not been acting himself, what with considering killing Asgardians in order to get the seed and satiate Galactus' hunger forever. He felt taken aback by his own actions, and felt he had to get in touch with humanity. This is why we do not see a grand battle between Galactus & Destroyer-Odin-Mjolnir. Remember Silver Surfer is at his core more of a pacifist than anything else, and strives to avoid conflict and suffering as much as he can.

I happened to like the conclusion, but do admit there was something about the delivery that came out a little unclear.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Theres really no need for both Hluk and Red She-hulk to be on the team, it's kind of redundant 

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Posted by higher_evolutionary

looks awesome, the are is awesome so is the colouring
problem? its frickin matt fraction

Posted by BKole

@SexualLobster: I think it's more to do with Iron Fist becoming the Immortal Weapon of Agamotto as seen in the Fear Itself tie-in issues of Iron Man 2.0, as a result of his interaction with the Vishanti in New Avengers v2. Frankly, I can't wait for this. I ordered it at my shop as soon as I saw the book was announced. I know people don't like Fraction, but if every writer was the same, comics would be dead.

I see that someone above states that he is better than Bendis, Loeb, Millar and Morrison. I don't agree with any of that. They have a really strong grounding in their areas, and yeah, while Loeb does seem to have gone down hill after his Ultimate stuff, you read Ultimate X. That was rather good.

So, Defenders is great, and Strange is my all time favourite, so I can't bleeding wait.

Posted by feebadger

@higher_evolutionary said:

looks awesome, the are is awesome so is the colouring problem? its frickin matt fraction

I've seen an awful lot of comments on Comic Vine about how people really hate Matt Fractions' work. I'm certainly not a defender of his stuff but was just curious as to why people dislike him so much?

Posted by Loki9876

i am going to buy it the art is great the teammembers are cool and I like fraction's writing.

Posted by BKole

@feebadger: I don't know what it is. I feel its something like why people hate Morrison or Bendis or Ellis with such a passion. They seem to do it their own way, and its not as continuity heavy, or strict with character dialogue. Ellis characters talk like Ellis characters, regardless of their original nature or their 70 plus years of history.

I like Fraction because he reminds me of like a more mild Morrison. Big ideas but slightly less insane with it.

Posted by rouder

@cincyducksfan35: Fraction has said one of the reasons this book is being done in Marvel Style is that while "he was working on 'Fear Itself,' he noticed all these gimmicks, tricks, short cuts and tropes that he used in his writing, and he wanted to cut some of those out." And while I have to agree FI is kinda weak, his Casanova and Iron Man are imo still good

Posted by rouder

@spiderbat87: From what we know it looks more like Hulk will seek Strange to ask for help, but he is not probably going to be a full member of the team. Fracton have said he wants to use mostly characters who dont have a solo ongoing

Posted by Iron_Turtle

Why does Red she hulk still have her sword?

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

I'm not a big Marvel guy, but the line up here looks interesting enough to try out.

Posted by shawn87

That's a weird lineup...could be interesting 

Posted by Alpha

I'm so glad to see this team back. After so much Avengers/X-men overload, it's good to see the wealth being shared.

But I need to add that I can't see the modern Surfer on this team. There was a reason back in the early days with him imprisoned on earth.

Posted by Omertalvendetta

@daredeville: Thanks a bunch for your response, clarified a little bit for me.

Posted by moywar700

Is that she-hulk on the cover? I can't tell

Posted by The Impersonator

You know, because it's important to have a new costume when you're dealing with a new threat.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Posted by iLLituracy

Didn't Fraction JUST take away the Surfer's Power Cosmic like...last month?

Posted by jloneblackheart
@iLLituracy He didn't take it away, he made it so he would get weaker the further he gets away from earth. I guess he gave him his human appearance back (like he couldn't always do that) so he could get back in touch with his humanity (again).

Matt Fraction just doesn't get the Silver Surfer and it's obvious he hasn't read much with him in it. Or he doesn't care.

I was originally excited for this when I first heard about it. Finding out it's Fraction, I am a very disappointed.

Fraction writing Surfer and Loeb writing Nova. No cosmic ongoings. Marvel Cosmic is officially dead.
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Posted by Billy Batson

@movieartman said:

what the hells your problem fraction is still a billion times better than leob, morrison, millar (at this post Nemisis point) and even bendis and yall folks that grip about fraction not being able to write dialogue its still better than the usless banter bendis fills his books with that said givem a choice Rick Remminder would have been my #1 choice for writer on this book after his incredible uncanny x-force work and jonathan hickman my #2 that said i wouldnt trade him being off ultimates for this

@movieartman said:

fear itself was damn good the only problem was the pacing, 2 unesscary deaths and the final battle jammed in a single issue and the ironman vs grey gargoyle stuff taking place entirely in the invicible iroman book com on fractions ironman has been consitantly good and thoose issues the tie in to fear itself where really great

ahahahaha!
BB

Posted by xanthiss

Ugggh I dread seeing any more marvel teams. Why not just make a 57th Avengers title and get it over with? I hate all these wacky character combos just for the sake of "something different". I am all for new characters in a book, but it should make some sense. Isn't Iron Fist in the Avengers book? Don't get me wrong, I love Iron Fist but why cancel his book and then put him in everything else. Just write a iron Fist title. Marvel is making some weird decisions...they should just do a New DC reboot and actually reboot. not just confuse people.

Posted by mikeclark1982

great, so this means that when a new event begins this will be tied into it.

Posted by GreenFuse

Looks interesting. I like Strange's new costume. Can make this team in UMvC3 too!

Posted by fACEmelter88

@xanthiss said:

Ugggh I dread seeing any more marvel teams. Why not just make a 57th Avengers title and get it over with? I hate all these wacky character combos just for the sake of "something different". I am all for new characters in a book, but it should make some sense. Isn't Iron Fist in the Avengers book? Don't get me wrong, I love Iron Fist but why cancel his book and then put him in everything else. Just write a iron Fist title. Marvel is making some weird decisions...they should just do a New DC reboot and actually reboot. not just confuse people.

Shut up

Edited by Teerack

It looks pretty cool but i gotta say im pretty sad that they went with Red She-Hulk and not Lyra She-Hulk. Don't get me wrong Betty is a great character but my favorite she hulk is a red head :3 and it kinda seemed more appropriate after the Fear Itself: The Deep series.

Edit: Just noticed Betty still has her Chosen sword O.o

Posted by jordama
What do you mean I am not on the Team?!?

Loa got dissed

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