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The Defenders - Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people - are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin's absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe - Deadpool? The Kingpin's kingdom The Defenders - Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people - are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin's absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe - Deadpool? The Kingpin's kingdom is up for grabs, and the streets of Marvel will burn as every major underworld figure makes a play to be the next kingpin of crime! Unfortunately for them, this is exactly why the Defenders have gathered - to make our streets a safer place! But bad press is about to have a disastrous impact on Luke's and Jessica's lives. And how exactly does Diamondback know so much about the Defenders? COLLECTING: DEFENDERS 6-10


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The Defenders - Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people - are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin's absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe - Deadpool? The Kingpin's kingdom The Defenders - Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Daredevil, protectors of the people - are in a desperate struggle to keep New York City safe in the wake of the power vacuum caused by the Kingpin's absence and the all-out street war that results! So what could make things even worse for our team of harried heroes? Would you believe - Deadpool? The Kingpin's kingdom is up for grabs, and the streets of Marvel will burn as every major underworld figure makes a play to be the next kingpin of crime! Unfortunately for them, this is exactly why the Defenders have gathered - to make our streets a safer place! But bad press is about to have a disastrous impact on Luke's and Jessica's lives. And how exactly does Diamondback know so much about the Defenders? COLLECTING: DEFENDERS 6-10

30 review for Defenders, Vol. 2: Kingpins of New York (Defenders (2017) (Collected Editions) #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    The Defenders got their own cruddy Netflix show so, because corporate synergy, we got this cruddy Defenders comic. Gotta keep cranking out the product, Marvel, don’t worry about the quality! A former Kingpin enforcer, Diamondback, is dealing drugs that temporarily gives the user superpowers. So… the same recycled storyline from Bendis’ Daredevil run when The Owl was dealing mutant growth hormone that gave users temporary superpowers? Bendis’ Marvel stuff got really stale and repetitive towards t The Defenders got their own cruddy Netflix show so, because corporate synergy, we got this cruddy Defenders comic. Gotta keep cranking out the product, Marvel, don’t worry about the quality! A former Kingpin enforcer, Diamondback, is dealing drugs that temporarily gives the user superpowers. So… the same recycled storyline from Bendis’ Daredevil run when The Owl was dealing mutant growth hormone that gave users temporary superpowers? Bendis’ Marvel stuff got really stale and repetitive towards the end, eh? Bendis resorts to cameos to beef up the feeble story. Here’s Deadpool! Here’s The Punisher! Even Bendis himself appears in one panel, talking directly to the reader! All to no effect – it’s still a dull read. And there’s a total non-ending to this second and final volume. David Marquez’s art is incredible. His work on Bendis’ Iron Man looked amazing and his Defenders art is equally impressive. I especially enjoyed Iron Fist’s fight with Elektra – Marquez’s art is stunning whether the scenes are set during the night or day but the daylight scenes definitely look the best with Justin Ponsor and Paul Mounts’ colours making that sequence pop like crazy. The Defenders, Volume 2: Kingpins of New York is readable, like most of Bendis’ stuff, it’s just boring and pointless, like most of Bendis’ stuff. I’d say that it’s indicative of the end of Bendis’ time at Marvel but really he’s always written books like this even at the beginning. Bendis’ Defenders is indefensibly crap.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Big whoop. The first volume of Defenders was already flimsy on plot, but this second (and final) part was just nonsensical and disjointed. Villains change like clockwork, the heroes don't do much other than punch stuff, and the banter, while fun, does get old fast once you realise there is no story here. Also Deadpool shows up for no reason at all, and you know how I feel about that (to be fair, Bendis writes a pretty entertaining Deadpool, it's just that his presence here is entirely unjustifie Big whoop. The first volume of Defenders was already flimsy on plot, but this second (and final) part was just nonsensical and disjointed. Villains change like clockwork, the heroes don't do much other than punch stuff, and the banter, while fun, does get old fast once you realise there is no story here. Also Deadpool shows up for no reason at all, and you know how I feel about that (to be fair, Bendis writes a pretty entertaining Deadpool, it's just that his presence here is entirely unjustified). David Marquez is still killing it on art, and the action parts are quite entertaining thanks to his skill, but otherwise this book was an absolute snooze. Not a great note for Bendis to leave Marvel on forever (presumably).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Roy

    I read this as single issues. I felt like this was really rushed and as a result just never hit the highs of Vol 1. Too much going on with the number of characters and tbh not much plot wise. A little disappointed with this Bendis effort.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This was a letdown after the first volume. It seemed as if there was a little too much crammed in, plus things took a weird turn out of nowhere. We had many characters show up out of the blue, and the ending was very rushed. I assume the rushed ending may have had something to do with the book being canceled. It wasn't a bad ending, just abrupt. And the entire story just seemed haphazard with too much happening "off panel". It also seemed like the story we started in the first volume wasn't foll This was a letdown after the first volume. It seemed as if there was a little too much crammed in, plus things took a weird turn out of nowhere. We had many characters show up out of the blue, and the ending was very rushed. I assume the rushed ending may have had something to do with the book being canceled. It wasn't a bad ending, just abrupt. And the entire story just seemed haphazard with too much happening "off panel". It also seemed like the story we started in the first volume wasn't followed up on very well. The art was very good, but this was just too jumbled for me. I love the characters, but this wasn't the best use of them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin Villanueva

    So bummed this series is getting cancelled only after 10 issues. The Defenders probably has the best fight scenes in any comics I've read so far. The story has been pretty simple and moves back and forth between the heroes and the Kingpin of the month, but honestly simple is better than pretending to have a mindbending story (I'm looking at you Secret Wars, and Civil War II wasn't that good either). Just like the Netflix show, I went in this book looking for action and it delivered. Hope the ser So bummed this series is getting cancelled only after 10 issues. The Defenders probably has the best fight scenes in any comics I've read so far. The story has been pretty simple and moves back and forth between the heroes and the Kingpin of the month, but honestly simple is better than pretending to have a mindbending story (I'm looking at you Secret Wars, and Civil War II wasn't that good either). Just like the Netflix show, I went in this book looking for action and it delivered. Hope the series comes back with the same artist. Bendis can jump to DC for all I care. lol

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] God damn it Bendis, we really waited years for this? I like all of the charcters involved here; I like the creative team, despite my negativity. But this just feels rushed and slapdash. Bendis spent all of volume 1 establishing Diamondback as a threat for no reason, and this volume just goes round and round in circles as the remaining villains vie for power. Plus Deadpool is there for some reason. I just don't even know. This is a shameless cash-in on the Netflix series I th [Read as single issues] God damn it Bendis, we really waited years for this? I like all of the charcters involved here; I like the creative team, despite my negativity. But this just feels rushed and slapdash. Bendis spent all of volume 1 establishing Diamondback as a threat for no reason, and this volume just goes round and round in circles as the remaining villains vie for power. Plus Deadpool is there for some reason. I just don't even know. This is a shameless cash-in on the Netflix series I think, when really these characters deserved so much more. The one thing that saves this from a rare 1 star rating from me is the artwork, because David Marquez can literally turn crap into gold, and this is no exception. It's beautifully drawn, beautifully coloured (thank you Justin Ponsor), but it just reads as inconsequential and a missed opportunity. I hope that when Marvel inevitably draw these characters together again that they have some kind of plan instead of just 'Let Bendis play with them for 11 issues'.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dimitra

    This is the saddest goodbye to a “canceled” book..: It’s not a new territory. I’ve always enjoyed the Defenders, whether they were written by B.M. Bendis or not, whether with these core members or more and I’ve always had a genuine love and respect for Bendis’ work. BUT, this time around the art was by David Marquez. One of my fav. Marvel artists.I simply ADORE his art. There are times that I have to read the issue again cause I’ve spent the whole time staring at the pages amazed! Truth is, I’ve This is the saddest goodbye to a “canceled” book..: It’s not a new territory. I’ve always enjoyed the Defenders, whether they were written by B.M. Bendis or not, whether with these core members or more and I’ve always had a genuine love and respect for Bendis’ work. BUT, this time around the art was by David Marquez. One of my fav. Marvel artists.I simply ADORE his art. There are times that I have to read the issue again cause I’ve spent the whole time staring at the pages amazed! Truth is, I’ve always thought these 4 Defenders were kind of cheated where the art was concerned in previous books (minus a few exceptions),so when they announced D.Marquez I knew he would fit perfectly into this creative team. Basically, I highly recommend it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nadja

    3.5* I didn't like this volume quite as much as the first one but I still enjoyed it. The art is honestly probably my favorite thing about the series, everything just looks beautiful and I especially the fight scenes look great. I also really like all the characters and the dynamic they have, I like how they are more down to earth compared to a team like the Avengers. The thing I did not like as much was the storyline. I thought sometimes it was a bit all over the place and the pacing was quite 3.5* I didn't like this volume quite as much as the first one but I still enjoyed it. The art is honestly probably my favorite thing about the series, everything just looks beautiful and I especially the fight scenes look great. I also really like all the characters and the dynamic they have, I like how they are more down to earth compared to a team like the Avengers. The thing I did not like as much was the storyline. I thought sometimes it was a bit all over the place and the pacing was quite weird but I guess that's probably just because the series already ended after ten issues and the ending just felt a bit rushed. I would still recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed the Netflix show or otherwise just likes these characters. (read as single issues)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Meh. It was ok. I gave it 4 stars only because I’m a huge fane of bendis’s work on daredevil and Jessica jones. And brubaker with iron fist. But really this story didn’t add up to very much. BMB went a bit overboard with the corny jokes too. So it got a little annoying at times and wasn’t the best story to begin with. But it’s his last run with these characters for a while so I cut him some slack and let him have his fun with it. He’s at DC right now doing man of steel and I can’t wait to see wh Meh. It was ok. I gave it 4 stars only because I’m a huge fane of bendis’s work on daredevil and Jessica jones. And brubaker with iron fist. But really this story didn’t add up to very much. BMB went a bit overboard with the corny jokes too. So it got a little annoying at times and wasn’t the best story to begin with. But it’s his last run with these characters for a while so I cut him some slack and let him have his fun with it. He’s at DC right now doing man of steel and I can’t wait to see what he does next. 4 stars(but really only 3).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    the art 😍👌💯

  11. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    So I guess this is how Bendis bows out of his time with Marvel, "not with a bang, but a whimper." Wow, was this bad. The only thing this has going for it is the artwork by David Marquez. Everything else was just painful. Bendis trying to write Deadpool? Painful. Good riddance, I say.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    3 1/2 Stars This is the second, and sadly last, volume in the latest run of the Defenders. It was a fun run while it lasted, with a great introduction and plenty of funny moments (especially in the latest volume). I know the series will come back around sometime, but it’s still sad to see it go. (view spoiler)[ Kingpins of New York is actually a pretty interesting plot, all things considered. The Kingpin plot has been interesting, as was everything else involved with it. Some of the cameos were p 3 1/2 Stars This is the second, and sadly last, volume in the latest run of the Defenders. It was a fun run while it lasted, with a great introduction and plenty of funny moments (especially in the latest volume). I know the series will come back around sometime, but it’s still sad to see it go. (view spoiler)[ Kingpins of New York is actually a pretty interesting plot, all things considered. The Kingpin plot has been interesting, as was everything else involved with it. Some of the cameos were pretty amazing and/or hilarious this time around too. With the Kingpin going legit (should I put quotes around that? I feel like I should) that leaves a Kingpin sized vacancy in the city, and it’s one that plenty of villains have been hoping to land. The end result is a massive turf war of the top tier villains in Hell’s Kitchen, and a lot of mess and destruction for everyone else. Obviously the Defenders aren’t going to stand for that, and all hell breaks loose. Granted, they probably would have been allowed to sit idly by anyway, what with Diamondback having already targeted them once already. In many ways this volume was actually funnier in the first. That sounds a little weird to say, since there was a lot of tension and fighting going on as well. I guess they just did a better job balancing out the comic relief this time around. The Deadpool cameos totally made this volume, not going to lie. I actually wish we had seen more of him in here, but that probably would have changed the tone a little too much. I also enjoyed the interactions between Daredevil, Danny, and Elektra. They’re hilarious, but they’re definitely better if you read them instead of hearing them retold by me. While reading this, it struck me that the Danny in this series is exactly what I had been hoping for in the Netflix series. He’s funny, charismatic, stubborn as all hell, and gets along with the team. Well, mostly. They’re still working things out with Daredevil, but that’s pretty on par for the course, isn’t it? It made me sad to see the wasted potential all over again. Oh well. Hopefully the next season will be more like the Danny in here. One can hope. I’m sad this series is over, though to be honest I do have to admit that while it was fun it wasn’t really all that groundbreaking either. But does it have to be dramatic and change the rules of the universe every series? No. Sometimes we just want something fun and full of action, and the Defenders can certainly do that much. Regardless, it’d be nice to see this series get rebooted sometime. (hide spoiler)] For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiago Cesar

    Por @tcesars 🤜 020| #365hqs - Defenders - Vol.2 - Os Reis do Crime de Nova York. Estou quase finalizando os últimos trabalhos de Brian Michael Bendis na Marvel, e como a Panini Comics ainda não lançou este material por aqui tive que ler em mídia digital, mas já adianto, é algo que se for lançado da forma correta, em encadernados capa cartão com bom acabamento, vale muito a pena ser adquirido! Bendis continua trabalhando com os heróis Demolidor, Luke Cage, Punho de Ferro e Jessica Jones. No entanto Por @tcesars 🤜 020| #365hqs - Defenders - Vol.2 - Os Reis do Crime de Nova York. Estou quase finalizando os últimos trabalhos de Brian Michael Bendis na Marvel, e como a Panini Comics ainda não lançou este material por aqui tive que ler em mídia digital, mas já adianto, é algo que se for lançado da forma correta, em encadernados capa cartão com bom acabamento, vale muito a pena ser adquirido! Bendis continua trabalhando com os heróis Demolidor, Luke Cage, Punho de Ferro e Jessica Jones. No entanto, inclui na mistura Justiceiro, Deadpool, Misty Knight e outros… explico mais a frente. Perto do final desse arco saiu a notícia de que Bendis estava deixando a Marvel após 17 anos para ir para a DC, e até o desenhista David Marquez brinca com isso em um quadro. O caso é que na mesma história ele já havia inserido mais um personagem para a briga pelo posto de Rei do Crime de Nova York, o Capuz, vilão que foi bastante trabalhado por ele em Novos Vingadores até a saga O Cerco. Só que na parte final, já tinha que concluir tudo e encerrar seu run nesta revista. Aí que o roteiro degringola e todas as soluções são tiradas da cartola, como se Bendis colocasse todas as suas ideias para umas 3 ou cinco edições do quadrinho original em uma única edição. Então do nada aparecem diversos heróis para magicamente acabar com tudo de uma só vez, em uma só splash page e adeus Bendis. Mas no geral a história é bem bacana, cenas de ação bem legais e o clima de heróis do povo que Bendis sabe trabalhar muito bem e que fará falta na Marvel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Read single issues. Not a must-read, but fun while it lasted, with great team dynamics, tone and style, and plenty of cameos. I'll miss this creative team's take on these four. The art and colors are beautiful, and it's fascinating to read Jessica Jones as written by Bendis in an ensemble vs. her own title. The latter is my favorite, but it's cool to see how differently she comes across as a lead without narrating and without the vulnerability of her own arcs.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Meh, nothing really new in this volume that wasn’t said in the first. The art was beautiful throughout, but the Elektra / Iron Fist fight felt like it went on too long. That, or Iron Fist doesn’t hit as hard as I thought he should. Very misleading cover...but I’m surprised it took so long to clean up super villain crime in Marvel’s New York, given how many superheroes call it home.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I really enjoyed the series, but vol. 2 ends abruptly. Bendis left for DC and it seems as though he was left this series hanging.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Every thing I want in a comic book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Not very good. Deadpool was a distraction, and nothing resolved with this book just cut off at ten. I know it was canceled but come on....lame

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Song

    A true pity the series got cancelled just when more characters are introduced and the story is getting really interesting. I'll definitely miss the art.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Okay story...Bendis runs to the end of his Marvel work. He leaves a big philosophical opening for what the Defenders are at the end, but will anyone take it up. Felt a bit rushed at times.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I wish Bendis wouldn’t have jumped ship so early in this title. It ended sloppily, exactly how you would expect for losing an author surprisingly after only 10 issues.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    More of the same as the first. I just really enjoyed these versions of all the characters. The plot got a little muddled as the series ended, but it wasn't a big deal.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tyson Stewart

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  25. 5 out of 5

    Iván

  26. 4 out of 5

    John

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dia 1518

  28. 5 out of 5

    Igor Toscano

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  30. 4 out of 5

    Louie

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