On their quest to save reality itself, the Defenders have stared down the Beyonder and survived the scorching flames of the Phoenix, but now Loki and Co. must face their greatest threat yet — themselves!
The Defenders find themselves in a plane of possibility, where they are haunted by visions of the lives they wish they could have – if only, the dream weaver warns, they didn’t have the others holding them back!
Will they turn against each other?
Or accept closing those doors?
Major SpoilersEwing and Rodriguez continue to plumb the depths of the Marvel universe in ways never before attempted, with incredible art and a story that makes me see the multiverse in new and exciting ways.
ComicBook.comAfter reading Defenders: Beyond #4, there's simply one word that leaps to mind: phew—and it's a big PHEW at that. This series is simply Al Ewing being allowed to tell whatever cosmic epic he wants and one glance at this issue confirms that. It's a title with one layer after the next and it should collapse under the weight of its storytelling. Yet Ewing is just cautious enough to pull back the second the support beams begin to buckle, taking readers on a new path around everything that ever was. Few artists have the ability to tell the story Ewing set out to tell and luckily for comic readers around the world, Marvel managed to land Javier Rodriguez for this. Rogriduez's work on this issue, in particular, shows just how perfect a match this whole team is.
The Comicbook DispatchDefenders: Beyond #4 is the penultimate issue of the miniseries. However, this issue is the most predictable and underwhelming when it comes to the Defenders' encounter with Glorian. While one or two temptations are interesting, the rest feel silly and easy to reject, so it's had to believe that any of them are really tempted by Glorian. The main standout in this issue is Javier Rodriguez's art and colors with the latter half of the comic setting things up for the final issue.