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Superstars Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez reunite for a cosmos-colliding journey! When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call...the Defenders! Doctor Strange and The Masked Raider gather a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes for a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! Thi Superstars Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez reunite for a cosmos-colliding journey! When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call...the Defenders! Doctor Strange and The Masked Raider gather a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes for a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! This cosmos was not the first to exist…but, if the Defenders can’t track Marvel’s oldest villain through the deepest trenches of time, it might be the last! The group must travel to the long-extinct previous cosmos, the birthplace of Galactus — but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Marvel history expands…and Doctor Strange’s makeshift Defenders face extreme jeopardy!


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Superstars Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez reunite for a cosmos-colliding journey! When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call...the Defenders! Doctor Strange and The Masked Raider gather a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes for a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! Thi Superstars Al Ewing and Javier Rodríguez reunite for a cosmos-colliding journey! When existence itself faces extraordinary threats, it needs an extraordinary defense! That’s when you call...the Defenders! Doctor Strange and The Masked Raider gather a non-team of Marvel’s weirdest, wildest heroes for a mission that will uncover the hidden architecture of reality itself! This cosmos was not the first to exist…but, if the Defenders can’t track Marvel’s oldest villain through the deepest trenches of time, it might be the last! The group must travel to the long-extinct previous cosmos, the birthplace of Galactus — but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Marvel history expands…and Doctor Strange’s makeshift Defenders face extreme jeopardy!

30 review for Defenders: There Are No Rules

  1. 4 out of 5

    Subham

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What an epic story. Masked Raider comes in to aid the help of Dr Strange who makes a super team of defenders as they travel the different iterations of the cosmos and from there we meet Taaia, mother of Galactus and them facing off against Omnimax (cool name, terrible design) and then to the fifth cosmos and meeting Moridun and from there to the fourth and the team fights "What should be" entity and it becomes very meta until we go to the third cosmos itself and the team sees the battle between L What an epic story. Masked Raider comes in to aid the help of Dr Strange who makes a super team of defenders as they travel the different iterations of the cosmos and from there we meet Taaia, mother of Galactus and them facing off against Omnimax (cool name, terrible design) and then to the fifth cosmos and meeting Moridun and from there to the fourth and the team fights "What should be" entity and it becomes very meta until we go to the third cosmos itself and the team sees the battle between Lifebringer one and Anti-all (the eternal void that becomes Knull) and the fate of the masked raider and the defenders! Its an epic book and I love it, its not for normal marvel fans and like it goes all cosmic and meta and makes excellent use of the present continuity and ties in it all and shows an epic multiversal event and gives us heroes facing off against impossible odds and it does well to give each character their moment from Cloud to Harpy to Silver surfer and an amazing adventure for Strange again learning the complex origins of the Marvel Universe and its fascinating. The art was the best part of the book and makes the reading experience so much better. One of the best Marvel reads!

  2. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Kind of confusing and pretty at the same time. Basically Dr. Strange quickly recruits a few peeps to help him stop the end of the universe from collapsing. So each issue is a different point of view from each of the characters. The thing is, none are super interesting. The reveal of the mask rider was kind of cool but the rest? meh. But it is a pretty weird book with some weird as hell but interesting art. But can't give this higher than a 2.5 cause I was pretty bored at times. Kind of confusing and pretty at the same time. Basically Dr. Strange quickly recruits a few peeps to help him stop the end of the universe from collapsing. So each issue is a different point of view from each of the characters. The thing is, none are super interesting. The reveal of the mask rider was kind of cool but the rest? meh. But it is a pretty weird book with some weird as hell but interesting art. But can't give this higher than a 2.5 cause I was pretty bored at times.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarospice

    If you can make sense of this you are a better person than me. I loved the ditkoesque art and seeing a real un-team of Defenders again, but could care less about the black mask or masked raider or eternity mask or whatever it turned out to be.....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Al Ewing dives back into the omniverse as a new group of Defenders assemble to fight a foe that transcends realities, as well as finally answering the question - who is the Masked Raider? Honestly, letting Ewing loose on the Marvel universe is always going to be fun. He knows how to weave an entertaining and thought-provoking yarn even before adding in an expansion of the way the Marvel Universe works. He's done it before (in Ultimates, among other places), and he does it here with gusto and a re Al Ewing dives back into the omniverse as a new group of Defenders assemble to fight a foe that transcends realities, as well as finally answering the question - who is the Masked Raider? Honestly, letting Ewing loose on the Marvel universe is always going to be fun. He knows how to weave an entertaining and thought-provoking yarn even before adding in an expansion of the way the Marvel Universe works. He's done it before (in Ultimates, among other places), and he does it here with gusto and a reverence for the Silver Age of comics that's rarely seen nowadays when it's much easier to just point and laugh at the silly quirks of those older comics. Strange's Defenders are the most ecclectic group of characters you've probably seen in a while. Some of them rely on some pretty deep cut continuity like Cloud (who even I've never heard of), but that doesn't stop the enjoyment even if you're less than familiar with them. And by the end of these five issues, you'll probably have found a new favourite. And then there's that Masked Raider thing. Set up during Marvel Comics #1000 a few years back, it's a story thread that's mostly gone unresolved, probably because Marvel had other events and things planned (and then that pesky pandemic started), but Ewing circles back to it here and manages to tie everything neatly back together. It's an obvious ending, but it's one that makes perfect sense in terms of the story he's telling about redemption and second chances. Of course, if you're going diving into sci-fi concepts and having some adventures back through space and time, then Javier Rodriguez is your man for the job. Even when things get super-abstract in the lower dimensions, Rodriguez is always up for the challenge and manages to make a sometimes-confusing story easy to digest. And you can always just look at the pretty pictures if you're getting lost in Ewing's philosophising. The Defenders (at least variations like this, not the street level ones) are known for their out of the box adventures, and this one's no exception. At times insane and at others oddly heartfelt, There Are No Rules is a perfect way to describe Al Ewing's writing style and Javier Rodriguez' artwork. And there's no rules, then why not go balls-to-the-wall-crazy with it?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    An Artistic Journey Through the Essence of Comic Books What we have here is an odd start and a surreal ending that goes over peoples heads especially a story involving the Eternity Mask. There's just so much potential to be found in Marvel's rich history to pick up and develop. But beyond that is a journey through the cosmos that push random characters to their very limit. Just the scenes involving Cloud are mesmerizing and enlightening as each chapter that passes looks like an awakening. Some cha An Artistic Journey Through the Essence of Comic Books What we have here is an odd start and a surreal ending that goes over peoples heads especially a story involving the Eternity Mask. There's just so much potential to be found in Marvel's rich history to pick up and develop. But beyond that is a journey through the cosmos that push random characters to their very limit. Just the scenes involving Cloud are mesmerizing and enlightening as each chapter that passes looks like an awakening. Some characters and their dynamics are pretty good to witness, like Silver Surfer's interactions with the baby Galactus and him getting replaced by Galan's bombastic mom Taaia. And the artwork by Javier Rodriguez is just perfect in how it expresses situations without missing a beat of the story. The scenes with that four faced hulk are phenomenal. This is one title to pay attention to for the epic scale alone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Malum

    Sorry, but I absolutely hated this. The art was cartoony and ugly. Each issue was a separate "boss battle" where one character got the spotlight and, even then, it felt like all the characters barely had anything to do and had nothing interesting to say. And, since the story is just about going to different places and beating up different monsters, it felt like it barely had a plot. Also, some of the plot points that it did have were just bad (view spoiler)["I just realized that we can get out of Sorry, but I absolutely hated this. The art was cartoony and ugly. Each issue was a separate "boss battle" where one character got the spotlight and, even then, it felt like all the characters barely had anything to do and had nothing interesting to say. And, since the story is just about going to different places and beating up different monsters, it felt like it barely had a plot. Also, some of the plot points that it did have were just bad (view spoiler)["I just realized that we can get out of this particular scrape because each member of the team IS a magic spell!". Holy crap, give me a break (hide spoiler)] . It was trying to be trippy and weird but it felt like Ewing was trying way too hard to make it trippy and weird and so it just fell flat. The Masked Raider is a Gary Stu character with a dumb name, and this entire book felt like Ewing wanted to do a Masked Raider book but had to do a Defenders book instead but he still kind of made it mainly a Masked Raider vehicle. In fact, the Masked Raider is so darn cool and perfect that he feels like a sad attempt at an author insert character. If you are picking this up for the Silver Surfer you can skip it; he's barely in it at all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    Ewing is always hit or miss for me. When it comes to the cosmic stuff, he has lots of ideas, some of them are very cool. His imagination seems boundless and it reminds me a lot of Morrison's work. This fertile ground of fascinating concepts, peeks into other realities and possibilities can be exciting and fun, but often times it's just confusing. The actual narrative gets lost in this amalgamation of ideas, and I think that's what happened in this volume. This book actually serves two purposes: o Ewing is always hit or miss for me. When it comes to the cosmic stuff, he has lots of ideas, some of them are very cool. His imagination seems boundless and it reminds me a lot of Morrison's work. This fertile ground of fascinating concepts, peeks into other realities and possibilities can be exciting and fun, but often times it's just confusing. The actual narrative gets lost in this amalgamation of ideas, and I think that's what happened in this volume. This book actually serves two purposes: one is what is promised on the cover. Doctor Strange pulls the Defenders together again to stop yet another threat to the universe. Along the way is where Ewing creates a multitude of ideas as they travel back in time at the cosmic level. I'm not versed enough in classic Marvel cosmic concepts to know whether Ewing is feeding off those or creating his own and I also can't tell if he's doing it in a way that ties everything together or if he's just randomly throwing stuff out there. Each issue is narrated by a different character, which gives some unique perspective on each of them. The second purpose is an adventure with the Masked Raider. Ewing spent many pages in Marvel Comics #1000 and #1001 to extract bits and pieces of Marvel Comics history and weave them together into a narrative that drives the purpose and continuation of this character (those pages are included in this volume which was very helpful). I admit there is fun in how he put these clues and ideas together and if you are interested, that unfolding of the mystery can be exciting and a change of pace from the rest of the superhero fare from Marvel. Whether the character is strong enough to garner a fan following remains to be seen. To me the biggest plus of this volume was the art by Rodriguez. Every page has a different layout but each still moves the story along. It's a classic style that reminds me of Darwyn Cooke or Marcos Martin. Lots of bright colors highlight every page. Overall, it was easy to get caught up in the adventure and the possibilities but the story gets weighted down by far-reaching concepts that may not really matter. Unfortunately, many times when magic is involved, there's some "hand waving" (no pun intended) to wrap things up. Again, the purpose seems to be just to give another story to the Masked Raider.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Oh, for all that I loved Immortal Hulk, this sort of glorious cosmic nonsense is what Al Ewing really does best. Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer, veterans of the eponymous non-team, are joined by new faces including Ewing's hobby horse the Masked Raider for a journey back through the prior iterations of the Marvel universe, from realms of pure superscience to the cosmos in which magic was born. Javier Rodriguez' art binds it all together, evoking the craziness of Ditko dimensions or Kirby s Oh, for all that I loved Immortal Hulk, this sort of glorious cosmic nonsense is what Al Ewing really does best. Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer, veterans of the eponymous non-team, are joined by new faces including Ewing's hobby horse the Masked Raider for a journey back through the prior iterations of the Marvel universe, from realms of pure superscience to the cosmos in which magic was born. Javier Rodriguez' art binds it all together, evoking the craziness of Ditko dimensions or Kirby space while also keeping a tighter handle on, y'know, actually looking good. This sort of 'one louder' storytelling can easily grate when it feels like mere one-upmanship – looking at you, Cates and Aaron – but when Al dives back into a prehistory that's even pre- everyone else's prehistory, yah boo sucks and no returns, it always comes across more like a dancer or a showman than an obnoxious child insisting their dad is hardest. Meaning scenes which could easily have come across as stupid – Strange flirting with Galactus' mum! – are instead a delight. Everything down to Stan's old editorial buzzwords gets woven in, and while it was inevitable that sooner or later a Marvel comic would show a copy of Douglas Wolk's All Of The Marvels, I don't think there could ever have been a more fitting candidate than this, being likewise a love letter to the whole living, thrilling mess of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ronan The Librarian

    I haven't read much Strange-lead Defenders material, but this is what I hoped it would be. At first, the writing can come off as obtuse or awkward, but by the end I feel like I understood what Ewing was doing, and it turned out to be a trippy, abstract, inter-dimensional adventure. The team members happen upon each other, and basically end up trailing a dude who's mucking around with existential things not to be mucked with. We see...a whole lot, as they travel to different worlds and dimensions I haven't read much Strange-lead Defenders material, but this is what I hoped it would be. At first, the writing can come off as obtuse or awkward, but by the end I feel like I understood what Ewing was doing, and it turned out to be a trippy, abstract, inter-dimensional adventure. The team members happen upon each other, and basically end up trailing a dude who's mucking around with existential things not to be mucked with. We see...a whole lot, as they travel to different worlds and dimensions in pursuit, add a team member (who is a very interesting idea), and tackle concepts themselves. It's very weird, very cool, and incredibly illustrated by Javier Rodriguez. I think some story elements could maybe have been tighter, or team chemistry more dynamic, but overall I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend it, especially for people who like trippy stories. Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez continue to be at the top of their respective fields, and I can't wait for the follow-up series, Defenders: Beyond, and hope its all collected in hardcover. *For what it's worth, I read this digitally and would suggest reading this in physical if possible as it would be a better read for the writing and the art.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    Other books and other writers have done it better. Don't get me started on the Masked Rider. It's a character gimmicked beyond reason. It could be Mr. Ewing's pet project, but it just feels like a idea copied from another studio. If you enjoy mind bending universe jumping, this will hit the spot. Other books and other writers have done it better. Don't get me started on the Masked Rider. It's a character gimmicked beyond reason. It could be Mr. Ewing's pet project, but it just feels like a idea copied from another studio. If you enjoy mind bending universe jumping, this will hit the spot.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julio RGuez

    Dos estrellas y por el dibujo de Javi Rodríguez. Al Ewing que despropocito. Varias cosas: Uno, esto tendría que haber sido Alerta y ni aún así se salvaría. Dos, muy poca relación entre números. Tres, el equipo es una patraña. Cuatro, defensores poco y mucho saqueador enmascarado.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell Kukulka

    A perfect coalescence of ideas and talent. Rodriguez' intricate, colorful and expressive art work is the perfect vehicle for Ewing's galaxy-brained understanding of the ins and outs of Marvel's multiverse. A perfect coalescence of ideas and talent. Rodriguez' intricate, colorful and expressive art work is the perfect vehicle for Ewing's galaxy-brained understanding of the ins and outs of Marvel's multiverse.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Gorgeous trippy art and a fun concept

  14. 4 out of 5

    Armando Wyoming

    This was crazy nonsense, but fun crazy nonsense nonetheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

    Rodriguez’ art is something to behold here. Next-level stuff.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    I really loved the creativity and the exploration of art styles was beautiful. Ultimately just not my favorite series I’ve read. I’m glad I read it, just felt like something was missing for me.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tuni

    Solid weird cosmic fun. I love when they just let magic be weird. And the art! The vibrant colors are what really brought this all together for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    J. Hopkins

    Pretty neat book. I got a bit lost in the magical weirdness.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    No entendí un carajo de la historia, pero los dibujos de Rodriguez son sobresalientes

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    It was pretty good, a bit too much mysticism with Dr Strange. Not my Defenders....lol

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marco

  22. 4 out of 5

    Niko Dasilva

  23. 4 out of 5

    Drew Dodd

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andson Rebello

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert Wong

  26. 4 out of 5

    Azirafel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Roger

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Gold

  30. 5 out of 5

    Richard

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