The Order (vol. 1) #1 (Apr. 2002):
“The Best Defense...”
by Jo Duffy, Kurt Busiek, Matt Haley, Dan Panosian

The Order (vol. 1) #1

Title: “The Best Defense...”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Apr. 2002

Publisher: Marvel
Written by: Jo Duffy, Kurt Busiek
Art by: Matt Haley, Dan Panosian

15 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
The Hulk Joe Fixit (Bruce Banner) hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
Hulkbusters; Pantheon...  Marvel 4,551
The Sub-Mariner The Sub-Mariner (Namor) hero
CBR Scale: S Atlantean Greco-Roman
classical religion
Atlantean; Dark X-Men...  Marvel 1,864
Doctor Strange Doctor Strange (Dr. Stephen Strange) hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: D occult
Illuminati; Midnight Sons...  Marvel 1,687
Silver Surfer Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) hero
CBR Scale: S Zenn-La religion
Heralds of Galactus; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 826
Nighthawk Nighthawk (Kyle Richmond) hero
  Redeemers (Earth-712); Redeemers...  Marvel 361
Hellcat Hellcat (Patsy Walker) hero
  Lady Liberators; Legion of Unliving...  Marvel Timely 656
Aragorn Aragorn supporting character
CBR Scale: I N.A.
[winged steed of Black Knight (Whitman), Valkyrie]
Marvel 105
Valkyrie Valkyrie (Samantha Parrington) hero
CBR Scale: D Norse/Teutonic paganism; former radical Feminist
Lady Liberators; The Defenders Marvel 26
Papa Hagg Papa Hagg supporting character
CBR Scale: D Vodoun mystic
[Nighthawk enlisted him to remove his demonic powers] Marvel 11
Reginald Parrington Reginald Parrington supporting character
  [father of Samantha (Valkyrie)] Marvel 7
Malicia Parrington Malicia Parrington supporting character
  [mother of Samantha (Valkyrie)] Marvel 7
Springthorpe supporting character
  [butler] Marvel 1
The Order The Order hero group
  [short-lived Defenders off-shoot] Marvel 6
Gaia Gaia (Gaea)
CBR Scale: D Gaian
Kami Marvel DC, etc. 33
Yandroth Yandroth
(behind the scenes)
villain scientist
CBR Scale: M Nihilist
[1st app: Strange Tales (vol. 1) #164] Marvel 5

This publication is also known as: The Defenders (vol. 2) #13. The cover of The Order #1 features two issue numbers. It also has a "13" because this is essentially The Defenders (vol. 2) #13.