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Cullen Bunn Teases Rotating Cast, New Villain For FEARLESS DEFENDERS

The creator of the new Marvel NOW! series unveils his plans for the book launching this February.

Marvel kicked off today's Marvel NOW! liveblog with Cullen Bunn and Will Silvey to talk about the all-new, all-girl Marvel team-up titled THE FEARLESS DEFENDERS. The new series, which is set to launch in February, 2013. According to Bunn, the book will feature a rotating roster, but the series will kick off with Valkyrie and Misty Knight, who join together to create a very interesting team.

The cast will rotate depending on the arc. Brunnhilde has been tasked with assembling a new group of valkyrie. She'll bring together eight women she feels are worthy. That said, I don't intend to write every arc with a nine member team. We will have smaller groups and we will have guest stars who are not core cast members. When the full team comes together, it's for a huge, world-destroying threat.

In addition to the announcement about rotating members of this team, Bunn also revealed that the cast of characters will be pretty big, and that they will only join together when circumstances are really dire and there is a major threat. Bunn also went on to discuss the villains in his new series, including the introduction of some new faces to the title.

== TEASER ==
We're introducing a new villain right off the bat from the first issue. She's seen an opportunity because there are no shield maidens in operation right now. There's a void. This woman starts working some very bad mojo that puts Valkyrie on the defensive immediately; it's her fault. We'll meet the Doom Maidens who are exceptionally bad news.

The series' writer promises a diverse cast led by two stark-opposite female leads (Valkyrie and Misty Knight), some new villains and all-around super hero action and adventure. The only real difference is that this particular series will feature a cast solely of female characters. When asked about who else fans can expect to see in the coming issues Bunn revealed that Dani Moonstar and a revamped Hippolyta should be expected, to name a few. What do you think of Marvel's new FEARLESS DEFENDERS series? Check out the covers and preview to the series' first issue below.

Source: Marvel

44 Comments
Posted by Cavemold

thats some aweomse art work

Posted by Jake Fury

Cool concept, hope Bunn can deliver.

Posted by Turkeysammich

That first page is screaming for the Hawkeye Initiative.

Edited by ccraft

Its unfortunate that every time an artist draws a women they try to get a boob and butt action pose..

Posted by Video_Martian

I wanna read this...

Edited by kid Apollo

can someone please tell me who the artist is for the first cover?

Hyppolyta looks like hippy Wonder Woman.

Posted by Mrfuzzynutz

Awww, I thought Mark Brooks was doing interiors as well...in any case I will check this out and see what happens

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Sooo....it's a blonde Wonder Woman?

Posted by Aeroman

gonna check this out

Posted by The Stegman
I foresee a lot of butt shots in  this series' future.
Posted by Blood1991

Hoping this is awesome.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

You will not believe how excited I am for this book! I hope you guys pick it up like I'm going to!

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@kid Apollo said:

can someone please tell me who the artist is for the first cover?

Hyppolyta looks like hippy Wonder Woman.

Mark Brooks.

Posted by Mercy_

Love the rotating cast concept.

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Edited by judasnixon
 
GREATEST COVER EVER!
Posted by x_29

@The Stegman said:

I foresee a lot of butt shots in this series' future.

Hallelujah

Posted by kid Apollo

@Cafeterialoca: awesome thanks

Posted by DH69

glad they're keeping valkyrie in the spotlight, but call me when some actual a-listers are on the team.

Posted by Decept-O

Really can't understand the premature dislike for this title already. Looks promising and a fun ride to me.

Edited by GothamRed

this series looks like it'll be fun, and I know from experience Marvel can deliver on fun stories and likeable characters.

Posted by blackcobalt

I wonder how they're going to bring Hippolyta back to life.

Posted by Man of Lengend

Valkyrie has become one of mt favorite female super heroes of all time!! she is one tough and skilled fighter, and I love her relationship with Venom lol

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

This looks awesome, and those Hippolyta covers look GREAT!

Posted by Vance Astro

Better not rotate Misty out. Marvel owes me as much Misty as possible.

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Posted by arnoldoaad

@judasnixon said:

GREATEST COVER EVER!

Hold on

THATS ACTUALLY A COVER!

...

nice

Posted by zackattack529

hmm.....this looks alot better than most of the marvel now titles actually. But im still going to have to see some writting because Bunn is an OK writter, he can be hit and miss.

Posted by TheMtVernonKid82

I said it before and I'll say it again Valkyrie,Misty Knight plus Dani Moonstar great female characters under Marvel. I'm on board. Hope we see Collen Wing as well don't brake up the Daughters of the Dragon Mr.Bunn.

Posted by matchesmalone21

So the Fearless the Defenders is Marvel's Birds of Prey??

Posted by ravisher

dat ass

Posted by nappystr8

The premise is interesting enough, but I just don't care about these characters. Maybe if Brooks were the interior artist I would give it a chance.

Posted by Nightwing82

@arnoldoaad said:

@judasnixon said:

GREATEST COVER EVER!

Hold on

THATS ACTUALLY A COVER!

...

nice

i want this variant its pure genius!!

Posted by broo1232

I'll get it in trade since it looks really good and the covers are nothing short of fantastic.

Posted by UltraBiel

@Nightwing82 said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@judasnixon said:

GREATEST COVER EVER!

Hold on

THATS ACTUALLY A COVER!

...

nice

i want this variant its pure genius!!

This cover is amazing! More excited than ever with the new title!!!

Posted by wmwadeii

I was wondering when they were going to bring up the event that ended in Shattered Heroes and who the new Valkyrie were going to be.

Posted by snootchie_bootchies

This title might actually hold my interest. Misty Knight looks great and it seems theres gonna be a lot of action.

Posted by papad1992

DANI MOONSTAR!!!!!!! As u can see, I'm a HUGE fan of hers!!

8 worthy females... assuming that Valkyrie, Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar are the first three... I wonder who the other 5 are!?

Posted by Yung ANcient One

I rather read Uncanny X-Force (+)

Posted by lykopis

Dani Moonstar -- so glad to see her back, Misty too -- and the idea of a rotating cast is crafty and smart.

Doom Maidens -- sounds a tad lame but I am looking forward to this. Hopefully it won't be a cheese-cake fest.

Edited by hyenascar

@judasni i don't know about best ever, but I would have hard time thinking of one even half as well done. Freaking awesome. Plus Seeing Dani Moonstar in the book is great. I'll need it just to hang up on my wall.

Posted by hyenascar

@StMichalofWilson said:

Sooo....it's a blonde Wonder Woman?

Sooo,your accusing Marvel stealing this character form DC, when Dc stole the idea of amazons form mythology? Don't misunderstand, I love Wonder Women,it's not about DC vs Marvel. It's just a little ignorant to suggest plagiarism when its already an idea borowed from another story.

Posted by sparty-dbq

@Nightwing82 said:

@arnoldoaad said:

@judasnixon said:

GREATEST COVER EVER!

Hold on

THATS ACTUALLY A COVER!

...

nice

i want this variant its pure genius!!

I'm pretty sure that's not a variant. THAT'S THE STANDARD COVER!

Posted by Perfect 10

so awesome. so is dani going to have her valkyrie powers full time finally?? dont like the idea of a rotating cast but still will pick it up when it comes out. my most anticipated book of the year

Posted by Perfect 10

@Decept-O: a-list doesnt equals great characters or stories. these characters are GREAT and you can make them a-listers if that is such an important thing to you

Posted by Decept-O

@Perfect 10: Perhaps you misunderstood my comment. I am happy about this comic. I didn't imply one way or another that the book had to have A-list characters. It is possible you read someone else's comment regarding the issue. You're off regarding your opinion pertaining what I said. Thank You.