Marvel continues the rollout of its Marvel NOW! line-up and places an increased focus on its underused female characters. Comics Alliance has the full details on the new book but for now I am very interested in it. Cullen Bunn is going to the writer and I am a big fan of his Valkyrie staring Fear Itself: The Fearless (it is about the only redeeming thing about the Fear Itself event for me). So seeing him returning with another great looking female lead book that also serves as a semi-sequel to The Fearless and one that co-stars Valkyrie is all very good in my book. Art duties will be handled by Irish artist, Will Sliney who I have not really encountered before so I’m looking forward to seeing what his style is like.
The premise of the book is both simple and very cool at the same time and shows a lot of potential for great stories:
In an interview with Newsarama, Bunn explained that the new series emerged from his work on the character Valkyrie in the Fear Itself spin-off The Fearless. Valkyrie is the last incarnate member of the Valkyior, the Asgardian warrior goddesses who serve as Odin’s shield bearers. As Bunn explained it, “The basic idea of the book is that Valkyrie is choosing a new team of Valkyrior, and she’s been asked to choose all these women from the heroes of Midgard, instead of from Asgard.” Midgard means earth, which means female superheroes. In essence this is a book about mortal women stepping up to fill a vacuum left by goddesses, and that strikes me as a pretty awesome idea.
So that means we should get a steady stream of characters joining the team as Valkyrie puts together the new Valkyrior. It also means the book can easily straddle the standard side of the Marvel Universe and the more mystical/mythological side too. The first addition to Valkyrie’s team is Misty Knight who is the other co-lead on the book. Misty is one of those many great and full of potential characters that Marvel has but seems reluctant to use. So seeing her front and centre in this new book is good to see. So yeah, I’m looking forward to it lets just hope it runs for more than twelve issues!
What do you think?