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Defenders: Beyond #1 (of 5)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 7 critic ratings.

Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez follow up their acclaimed DEFENDERS: THERE ARE NO RULES series with a new volume and an all-new lineup, including none other than Loki, God of Stories! When Doctor Strange sends a dire warning from beyond the grave, Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Taaia (Galactus’ mom!), Tigra and Loki assemble to defend reality itself! Plus, you won’t believe who shows up on the final page!

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23 pages
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7 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Defenders: Beyond #1 wasters zero time in taking comic readers right back into the middle of the Silver Age. Adam Brashear’s telling of the story through his inner monologue is reminiscent of the narratives of yesteryear, and Javier Rodriguez does an exemplary job replicating the Kirby Krackle and Ditko’s cosmic wonder. The script does happen to move at a brisk pace, but Defenders: Beyond is definitely unlike any other comic available this week—there’s no denying that. It’s sharp and clean, character-driven and witty. It’s the beginning of a mini-series that is already showing incredible promise.

  • 100

    Major Spoilers

    A new team of Defenders arises with incredible art and an engaging story. What’s not to love:PS: They aren’t joking about that last page shocker.

  • 96

    Comic Watch

    Defenders: Beyond invites us on a journey outside the bounds of reality. Visually surreal and narratively inventive, its creators push the boundaries of the medium and remind us what wonders comics are capable of.

  • 80


    Defenders: Beyond #1 is a good introduction to setting up the key players while establishing some high stakes. It’s gorgeously rendered and colored to the point where pages look like works of art. As things stand, if you’re a hardcore Marvel fan, this is a must-read.

  • 65

    Bleeding Cool

    Ewing’s good at cosmic scale stories, and Rodríguez is a versatile artist with a keen eye, reminiscent of Marcos Martin’s work. Bottom line: Defenders: Beyond #1 is a #1 that makes me want to read more from this team. If you’d like to be spoiled about who could join the Defenders in a comic with the subtitle Beyond, we host a preview of the issue here. Odds are the reveal won’t surprise you, but you never know.

  • 60

    But Why Tho?

    Defenders Beyond #1 is an awkward start. It is a comic with a lot of history and a lot of exposition for the future of the series. It is a lot of baggage for Ewing to move, and it isnt all dealt with easily.

  • 60


    We don’t get into what the threat is large enough to call on the Defenders as the first issue is mainly about the reluctant characters (all except for Loki) being forced together into action by events well outside of their control.

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