Something we’ve seen from various comic book publishers in recent years is an attempt to align their titles with their big and small screen counterparts. Although the source material inspires the live action adaptations, it doesn’t hurt to when the former takes a few cues from the latter. After all, new readers are often hooked when they see something comparable to a movie or TV show they love.
Marvel is certainly no stranger to doing this, as evidenced by their recently launched All-New Guardians of the Galaxy and The Defenders series. No doubt capitalizing on the highly anticipated Netflix show set to premiere this August, it came as no surprise that the House of Ideas opted to have the comic book lineup of the team – Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones – mirror that of what can be seen on the small screen.
So, it’s certainly no shocker that the inaugural issue sold like hotcakes and is going back to press for a second printing. Perhaps the various reasons we listed above had something to do with its immense popularity, but it’s also fair to assume that boasting a creative team such as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez might’ve had something to do with it. After all, Bendis has been one of the chief voices at Marvel in recent years and has to instil at least some measure of consumer confidence, to say the least.
Had you missed your chance to pick up The Defenders #1, know that the second printing will arrive in comic shops on July 26. But, before then, be sure to check out issue #2 when it hits stands on June 28.