This February Marvel will be bringing an all-female team to the forefront in the upcoming title FEARLESS DEFENDERS as part of their Marvel NOW! initiative. The new series will be written by Cullen Bunn and penciled by artist Will Sliney who is new to Marvel Comics. The series will not only be centered around an all-female cast of heroines, but it will also feature a brand new female villain who will be giving these ladies plenty of grief.
The cover to the new series' first issue feature Misty Knight and Valkyrie, back to back in a fight against what appears to be The Hand and on the other looks like undead Asgardians. According to Bunn, this series was not birthed from the idea that there is a lack of female-centric superhero books at Marvel, but from the fact that this was an opportunity to tell "some really good stories."
This is an idea that I came up with when I was working on Fear Itself: The Fearless. I was probably writing the sixth issue or so when this dawned on me. I came up with the idea that Valkyrie might have to replace the Valkyrior with women from the Marvel Universe, and when that idea dawned on me, I did not approach it as, "This is my opportunity to tell a story with an all-female team." I approached it as, "This is a great opportunity to tell some really cool stories, some things that I think would be exciting."
The book will center around Misty Knight and Valyrie who will act as co-leaders of the new team. This should be interesting because, as you know, these are two remarkably different characters who think and work very differently. On the one hand, Valkyrie is this Asgardian Goddess who has tremendous power, and on the other we have a street-level character like Misty Knight. Both characters have very different strengths and weaknesses, and both have very different perspectives. This might make for quite the collaboration. Other characters that are set to appear in this title are characters include Dani Moonstar.
It seems this will be a very different kind of series, so what do you think? Are you looking forward to the series? Is this a book you think you might add to your monthly pull list? FEARLESS DEFENDERS launches this coming February, 2013.