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1[[quoteright:350:]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil.]]²²-->'''Daredevil:''' I think we need to work together. I think people on the street need to ''know'' we're working together.²-->'''Iron Fist:''' Yeah, sure... We've talked about this before... If the Avengers, and whatnot, are up there... we need to be down here.²²''The Defenders'' is a 2017 series written by Creator/BrianMichaelBendis and illustrated by David Marquez. Unlike the previous [[ComicBook/TheDefenders Defenders]] teams, they are specifically tailored after the roster from [[Series/TheDefenders2017 the Netflix show]], with the four main heroes being ComicBook/LukeCage, [[ComicBook/IronFist Danny Rand]], [[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Matt Murdock]], and ComicBook/JessicaJones.²²It starts when Luke, Danny and Matt break up a drug operation that just happened to be run by Diamondback -- the same Diamondback that, years earlier, had been Luke Cage's arch-enemy and had died. In retaliation for this, Diamondback targets each one of them in their secret identities and shoots Jessica Jones in her office.²²After Jessica gets out of the hospital, she, Luke, Danny, and Matt team up to find and stop Diamondback and, in the process, form a team to defend the streets.²²----²!!The following tropes seen in the 2017 series:²²* AntiVillain: Felicia is not only freaked out by Diamondbacks level of violence but also saves Luke after he is poisoned. ²* ArcWelding: It's revealed Hammerhead was investigating I.G.H on the same night he fought Spider-Man (Miles) when the latter came vengefully knocking on his door.²* TheAdventureContinues: The run ends with Luke, Danny, Jessica, and Matt reopening Heroes For Hire.²* BackFromTheDead: Diamondback is not only alive and well, he CameBackStrong and is able to fight evenly with Jessica and move faster than Matt and Danny.²* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Mocked by Luke, who suggests that Frank settle down and "have a couple of psychos".²* ClothingDamage: Luke loses his shirt thanks to Frank Castle, then grouches about losing ''yet another'' shirt. Daredevil asks him why he doesn't just get one made of unstable molecules. (They're expensive.)²* CrazyPrepared: Frank Castle keeps acid on his person just in case. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Luke, who asks who exactly carries a vial of acid around, and then by Daredevil, who says that this is the sort of thing someone like Frank does.²* CreatorCameo: Brian Michael Bendis drops in in issue 9 the only way he can -- being hauled off by police, proudly proclaiming that a 17-year-old RunningGag is hard to do (namely dragging people into jail and making fun of events going on at the time, something he did periodically in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'').²* EvenEvilHasStandards:²** Black Cat may be a villain, but Diamondback's level of violence is a bit too much even for her. She actually [[PetTheDog saves Luke]] by bringing him to a hospital. It's at least partly out of pragmatism though, as killing Luke in such a brutal manner is guaranteed to get the entire superhero community coming after them. She ''does'' state that a good man like Luke deserved better than to die like that.²** Hammerhead seriously considers taking some I.G.H., then puts the pill back, muttering how he's "better than that".²* EvilCannotComprehendGood: It apparently never occurs to DB that Black Cat would save Luke instead of letting him die. (Of course, Black Cat isn't ''good'', she just doesn't want Luke to die because it would bring ''everyone'' down on their heads and also Luke is a good man.)²* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: After helping the group take down Diamondback, Black Cat declares herself retired from crime and even wants to join the Defenders, coming off her experiences in this book (and presumably, Venom's lecture at the end of ''Venom, Inc.''). Luke, for his part, tells her she can't just expect to get out of a hospital bed and declare herself one of the good guys.]]²* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Black Cat seems to be under the impression that Diamondback, who wants to be the new Kingpin, can conduct himself in a reasonable fashion the way she did. She ends up [[spoiler:getting a load of bullets in her stomach for her trouble]].²* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: Iron Fist and Elektra have a brutal, all-out brawl in issue #7 that goes back-and-forth throughout.²* IronicEchoCut: Just as Jessica says Luke has the Diamondback situation handled, it cuts to Luke getting beaten into the ground.²* JerkassHasAPoint: In the third issue, when Frank Castle points out that he doesn't trust Daredevil because he doesn't know who he is, Luke says that he has a point and that in order to truly work with him, they should at least know his name. Daredevil (who, at this point, has had his entire secret identity restored so that ''nobody''[[note]]Sans Gwenpool, Purple Man, the purple children, and Foggy[[/note]] knows who he is) says that he'll think about it.²* LampshadeHanging: At the beginning of issue four, Hammerhead points out how Inhuman Growth Hormone is just Mutant Growth Hormone, the old Marvel bad drug du jour, with a different name. Hints/Lampshades that the Inhumans are just Mutants.²* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: At the end of the first issue, Black Cat reunites Luke Cage with Diamondback, who was thought dead for the longest time. Diamondback puts Cage through a CurbStompBattle and as he constantly smashes Cage's head into the floor, Cat has lost her cool and realized she's done something terrible.²* NoodleIncident: We never learn what Deadpool did with that Mexican dinner entree, only that it convinced Daredevil he's certifiable.²* ObfuscatingDisability: When Daredevil unmasked, Iron Fist thought that he was using this trope in his Matt Murdock identity, to conceal his SecretIdentity. Then Daredevil revealed that he ''is'' blind. ²* OhCrap: Diamondback, at the end of issue #4, when he's informed he's being shipped to prison in the same transport as the Punisher.²* RefugeInAudacity:²** Diamonback makes himself comfortable in Felicia's appartment. She doesn't attack him or even dwell on it.²** Hammerhead gets most of his comment to the press deleted by swearing.²* RetCanon: The very comic itself, given the line-up consists of the same line-up as a the TV show: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, with Jessica having jack all to do with any of the other incarnations of the Defenders before this point.²* RunningGag: Diamondback jokes that he and Felicia should have one, namely [[IncrediblyLamePun that he offer her milk every time he sees her]].²* ShoutOut: The opening of issue #1 is a homage to the famous WebComic/CtrlAltDel loss.jpg meme.²* StealthExpert: Luke Cage has some expertise, courtesy of having a toddler who likes to nap.²* TakeThat: The fight between Daredevil, Cage and the Punisher has Matt utterly refusing to take Frank seriously, poking fun at Frank's usual anti-heroic spiel.²* TooDumbToLive: A junkie takes some I.G.H. and then decides to mix it with some other drugs as well. It predictably kills her.²* WorldOfSnark: Brian Bendis is at the helm, so pretty much every character gets their snark on sooner or later.²* TheWorfEffect: Somehow, Diamondback is able to beat down ''Luke Cage'' in the very first issue. In the third issue, he ''catches'' Danny's iron fist. In the fourth he beats up Jessica, which is subverted seconds later when Danny gets right back up again and kicks his ass, broken spine and all.²²----


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