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Left to right: Danny Rand, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Matt Murdock

Comics For Catching Up With Marvel's Defenders

In 1971, The Defenders were originally Hulk, Doctor Strange, and Namor the Sub-Mariner in Marvel Comics, and they fought among themselves all the time. In 2017, The Defenders are probably more well known by their live action Netflix series featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, with cameos all over the place.

Richland Library's catalog includes many comics featuring these characters, with several recommended below. Far from fighting Thanos in outer space or rescuing the entire planet, these stories tend to be more up close and personal.


DAREDEVIL: YELLOW by Jeph Loeb
Amazon Says: In this retelling of the early career of The Man Without Fear, the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have taken an inspiring action adventure story and blend more...
Amazon Says: In this retelling of the early career of The Man Without Fear, the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale have taken an inspiring action adventure story and blended it with a romantic comedy. The result is the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of two young people in love--Matthew Murdock and Karen Page. less...
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Amazon Says: Featuring the first appearances by Elektra, Stick and The Hand, this collection heralds one of Daredevil's greatest eras as Kingpin and Bullseye try to rob the Man Without Fea more...
Amazon Says: Featuring the first appearances by Elektra, Stick and The Hand, this collection heralds one of Daredevil's greatest eras as Kingpin and Bullseye try to rob the Man Without Fear of everything he holds dear! less...
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Amazon Says: Mixing traditional super-heroics with mysterious martial aristry, doomed romance, and dark personal drama, Miller's character-defining Daredevil run is collected across three more...
Amazon Says: Mixing traditional super-heroics with mysterious martial aristry, doomed romance, and dark personal drama, Miller's character-defining Daredevil run is collected across three titanic trade paperbacks! less...
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Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller
Amazon Says: "And I - I have shown him... that a man without hope is a man without fear." The definitive Daredevil tale! Karen Page, Matt Murdock's former lover, has traded away the Man Wi more...
Amazon Says: "And I - I have shown him... that a man without hope is a man without fear." The definitive Daredevil tale! Karen Page, Matt Murdock's former lover, has traded away the Man Without Fear's secret identity for a drug fix. Now, Daredevil must find strength as the Kingpin of Crime wastes no time taking him down as low as a human can get! Collects Daredevil #226-233. less...
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Amazon Says: Matt Murdock's life is changed dramatically after he is blinded by radioactive material while saving the life of an old man and develops super-senses. more...
Amazon Says: Matt Murdock's life is changed dramatically after he is blinded by radioactive material while saving the life of an old man and develops super-senses. less...
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Amazon Says: The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock's life has been teeterin more...
Amazon Says: The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock's life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell's Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil's best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics' most enduring legends. COLLECTING: DAREDEVIL (1998) 82-93 less...
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Amazon Says: A fresh start for the Man Without Fear! Matt Murdock is back in New York and hoping to resuscitate his law practice, but not everyone is happy to see him. And Daredevil hits t more...
Amazon Says: A fresh start for the Man Without Fear! Matt Murdock is back in New York and hoping to resuscitate his law practice, but not everyone is happy to see him. And Daredevil hits the streets as Klaw, master of sound, makes his deadly return! Then, a blind client holds the key to a global conspiracy perpetrated by some familiar foes. Can Daredevil protect him long enough to bring down an international criminal organization? And when a piece of cutting-edge technology goes missing, Daredevil and Punisher team up to track it down and clear the Black Cat of the crime. But is Black Cat really innocent?! And after someone exhumes Battlin' Jack Murdock's grave, DD heads underground to find the villain responsible. Mark Waid's fantastic rejuvenation of Daredevil begins here! COLLECTING: Daredevil (2011) 1-10, 10.1; Amazing Spider -Man (1963) 677 less...
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Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Amazon Says: Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero...but not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed i more...
Amazon Says: Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero...but not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, Jessica Jones never found her niche. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations - a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. When she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero's true identity, Jessica's life immediately becomes expendable. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day. COLLECTING: Alias 1-9 less...
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Jessica Jones Vol. 1: Uncaged! by Brian Michael Bendis
Amazon Says: After a decade, Jessica Jones is back in her own solo series! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are many secrets hiding in the shadows - secrets only a specia more...
Amazon Says: After a decade, Jessica Jones is back in her own solo series! A lot has changed in the Marvel Universe and there are many secrets hiding in the shadows - secrets only a special woman like Jessica Jones can hope to uncover. Alias Investigations is open for business, and of all the many mysteries to discover, her new case may be the most dangerous one! This blistering new series is filled with haunting revelations from Jessica's past, and answers to some of the biggest questions about the new Marvel NOW! universe! From Jessica Jones' original creators comes an all-new chapter in the world-famous private eye's ongoing adventures! COLLECTING: JESSICA JONES 1-6 less...
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Amazon Says: Jessica Jones, breakout star of Brian Michael Bendis' hit series Alias, is back! And the ex-super hero-turned-private investigator is starting a new chapter in her life - work more...
Amazon Says: Jessica Jones, breakout star of Brian Michael Bendis' hit series Alias, is back! And the ex-super hero-turned-private investigator is starting a new chapter in her life - working for the Daily Bugle's new super hero section, The Pulse! Jessica's first assignment: to uncover the identity of a former Bugle reporter's super-powered murderer! How is Norman Osborn involved? And how will Jessica's shocking discovery affect the entire Marvel Universe? And when Nick Fury's Secret War spills over into the streets, it hits Jessica and Luke Cage right where they live! With their lives in shambles, Jessica Jones decides to fight back! And finally, it's the moment you've been waiting for: the birth of Jessica and Luke's baby, and their wedding day! COLLECTING: PULSE 1-9, 11-14; NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL 1 less...
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Jessica Jones: Avenger by Brian Michael Bendis
Amazon Says: You've binge-watched her hit series, now binge-read Jessica Jones' greatest Avengers adventures - including every post-ALIAS/PULSE collaboration by her creators, Brian Michael more...
Amazon Says: You've binge-watched her hit series, now binge-read Jessica Jones' greatest Avengers adventures - including every post-ALIAS/PULSE collaboration by her creators, Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos! While the Skrulls' SECRET INVASION rages, Jessica makes a fateful decision that may wreck her marriage to Luke Cage! But when Norman Osborn captures Hawkeye, Jessica will step up - and Jewel will fl y again! Uncover Jessica and Luke's first case together when Doctor Doom crashes their dinner date. COLLECTING: NEW AVENGERS (2005) 38, 47; NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL (2006) 3; NEW AVENGERS (2010) 8, 31; WHAT IF JESSICA JONES HAD JOINED THE AVENGERS?; CUSTOM NETFLIX JESSICA JONES NYCC COMIC; MATERIAL FROM AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 601, MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 1 less...
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Amazon Says: Power Man no more! Harlem's favorite son is ripping up the silk shirt and getting back in the game as Luke Cage, Hero-For-Hire - and he's working overtime! With Chicago as his more...
Amazon Says: Power Man no more! Harlem's favorite son is ripping up the silk shirt and getting back in the game as Luke Cage, Hero-For-Hire - and he's working overtime! With Chicago as his new home, it's no surprise that Luke soon has his hands full with the Untouchables! And that puts him square in the Punisher's sights. Bullets are one thing for a guy with steel-hard skin, but he'll need a power upgrade before locking horns with the Rhino and butting heads with the Hulk! It's far from a sweet Christmas when a new foe strikes, one with ties to one of his greatest enemies! With his family's lives at stake, Luke sure is a friend in need. Good thing that Iron Fist is his best friend indeed! COLLECTING: Cage (1992) 1-12, material from Marvel Comics Presents (1988) 82 less...
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Cage! by Genndy Tartakovsky
Amazon Says: The award-winning animator behind Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Hotel Transylvania brings his visionary talents to Marvel! On the mean streets of Harlem, shoes are big more...
Amazon Says: The award-winning animator behind Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and Hotel Transylvania brings his visionary talents to Marvel! On the mean streets of Harlem, shoes are big, shirts are large, bottoms are belled and crime is rampant! But in the heart of the city, the world's hardest-working, smack-talking, chain-wearing super hero is on the streets and on the case! And his rates are reasonable! He's Cage! Dig it! But what happens when he's out of his element, trapped in a jungle a thousand miles from home, and hunted by savage beasts that walk like men? COLLECTING: CAGE! 1-4 less...
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Luke Cage: Avenger by Mike Benson
Amazon Says: The steel-skinned Avenger shows exactly why he's one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Discover how young Carl Lucas, imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, gained his powers and more...
Amazon Says: The steel-skinned Avenger shows exactly why he's one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes! Discover how young Carl Lucas, imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, gained his powers and became the hero he is today! As CIVIL WAR rages, Luke picks a side and makes a stand--but it might just divide him from his wife, Jessica Jones! When their daughter, Danielle, is captured by Skrulls, Luke will make a deal with the devil to save her. Then, a ghost from Luke's past takes him back to the Hero For Hire biz--and a classic street level team-up pits Luke, best pal Iron Fist, Daredevil, Moon Knight and Spider-Man against the Kingpin and Killgrave the Purple Man! COLLECTING: AVENGERS ORIGINS: LUKE CAGE, NEW AVENGERS (2005) 22 & 49, NEW AVENGERS: LUKE CAGE 1-3, MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL 4 less...
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Amazon Says: Experience a brand-new kind of Iron Fist story, one steeped in legends and fables stretching back through the centuries! Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K'u more...
Amazon Says: Experience a brand-new kind of Iron Fist story, one steeped in legends and fables stretching back through the centuries! Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K'un-Lun, Danny Rand returned to America as the mystical martial artist Iron Fist - but all his kung fu skills can't help him find his place in the modern world. After learning that the legacy of the Iron Fist holds more secrets than he ever dreamed, Danny is invited to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons. At stake is the life of his friend, the legacy of his father and mentor...and the future of K'un-Lun! COLLECTING: Immortal Iron Fist 1-16, Annual 1; Immortal Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death 1; Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand 1; Civil War: Choosing Sides 1 less...
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Amazon Says: High above the city, in a multi -million dollar penthouse, Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, "The Living Weapon," is haunted by the consequences of choosing death over life. A mes more...
Amazon Says: High above the city, in a multi -million dollar penthouse, Danny Rand, a.k.a. Iron Fist, "The Living Weapon," is haunted by the consequences of choosing death over life. A message from Iron Fist's mystical homeland of K'un Lun brings Danny back to his blood soaked origin of betrayal and vengeance! Revenge is a weapon that cuts both ways.... will Danny survive the bloodletting? A one-of-a-kind kung fu action epic directed by the inimitable Kaare Andrews! COLLECTING: IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON 1-6 less...
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Amazon Says: The mystical city of K'un-Lun lies in ruins. The chi that fuels Danny Rand's power is wavering. Can there be any future for the Iron Fist? Danny must push himself to the break more...
Amazon Says: The mystical city of K'un-Lun lies in ruins. The chi that fuels Danny Rand's power is wavering. Can there be any future for the Iron Fist? Danny must push himself to the breaking point, finding fi ghts to prove his worth. But a bigger battle than he can handle may have found him: On a mysterious island stand seven deadly kung fu masters. Can Danny run a gauntlet through them all and regain his place in the world? As the battle begins, the Iron Fist is in for the fights of his life! COLLECTING: IRON FIST 1-5 less...
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Amazon Says: The best buddy team in comics, reunited at last! Luke Cage and Danny Rand, the Heroes For Hire turned Avengers, are going back to street level basics - and there's a mystery t more...
Amazon Says: The best buddy team in comics, reunited at last! Luke Cage and Danny Rand, the Heroes For Hire turned Avengers, are going back to street level basics - and there's a mystery to solve that will draw in crime lords, hired goons and old friends! But which of the three pose the most trouble? When a villain gets her hands on the mystical Supersoul Stone, the Big Apple may end up poisoned by magic - unless Luke and Danny can put a stop to her plan. To fi nd the stone, they'll wade through New York's seedy underworld in a fl urry of big-hitting, kung fu-fi ghting action. This is one adventure that'll show that bromance ain't dead. Luke brings the power, Danny brings the fists - you bring the snacks! COLLECTING: Power Man and Iron Fist 1-5 less...
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Amazon Says: Luke Cage and Danny Rand reunite in team-ups with Spider-Man and ... Sabretooth?! And they're just in time to relaunch the expanded Heroes For Hire! A super-villain prison bre more...
Amazon Says: Luke Cage and Danny Rand reunite in team-ups with Spider-Man and ... Sabretooth?! And they're just in time to relaunch the expanded Heroes For Hire! A super-villain prison break inspires Iron Fist to fill the void left by the Avengers and Fantastic Four -- but his ex-partner Luke will take some convincing. Hercules and White Tiger are eager recruits, but is the Hulk a joiner? Maybe She-Hulk would be a better fit. A transformed Black Knight rides in, and Luke has his arm twisted by the Master of the World. But will he stay after Power Man battles Iron Fist? The team will face Deviants, Punisher and the Thunderbolts -- there must be a little room left for Ant-Man to help out.COLLECTING: SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED (1993) #13, MARVEL FANFARE (1996) #6, HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) #1-9Written by: James Felder, Jaimie Campo, & John Ostrander with Roger SternArt by: Joe Bennett & Pasqual Ferry with Stephen James & Gabe Alberola less...
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Amazon Says: Infinity tie-in! The Avengers' main squad is light-years away in space, contending with the Builders! Thanos' marauders are ransacking the Earth, doing as they please! Who wil more...
Amazon Says: Infinity tie-in! The Avengers' main squad is light-years away in space, contending with the Builders! Thanos' marauders are ransacking the Earth, doing as they please! Who will defend mankind? The all-new Mighty Avengers! Luke Cage! The Superior Spider-Man! Spectrum! The White Tiger! The new Power Man! A mysterious figure in an ill-fitting Spider-Man Halloween costume! And more! These unlikely heroes must assemble when no one else can - against the unrelenting attack of Proxima Midnight! But that's easier said than done...and when Promixa begins killing New York City one block at a time, Cage's ad-hoc Avengers might not be able to stop her...and the one hero who can is at the bottom of the Mariana Trench! And then things get worse! Will the Mighty Avengers be destroyed before they even get started? COLLECTING: Mighty Avengers 1-3, 4.INH-5.INH less...
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Amazon Says: Witness the beautifully violent return of the world's deadliest assassin! A life spent in silent pain has led Elektra to the precipice of despair. As she prepares to shed her more...
Amazon Says: Witness the beautifully violent return of the world's deadliest assassin! A life spent in silent pain has led Elektra to the precipice of despair. As she prepares to shed her past, everything you know about her will change as Elektra hits levels no other Marvel character can touch! Now, Elektra braves the dangers of Monster Island - and the psychotic killer Bloody Lips - in her search for the elusive assassin known as Cape Crow! But the hunt becomes murkier when the hit is revealed as more than it seems...and this might be one quest Elektra's not prepared for. Will Marvel's deadliest femme fatale defeat Cape Crow and collect the biggest bounty of her career? Or will she do what she's never done before - protect the mark, and help the hardened killer and his son escape? COLLECTING: ELEKTRA 1-5 less...
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