Marvel Announces New All Female Team, The Fearless Defenders!

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?

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3 thoughts on “Marvel Announces New All Female Team, The Fearless Defenders!

  1. I think it’s a Birds of Prey clone. As Young Avengers is a Teen Titans clone. As the new version of Thunderbolts is a Suicide Squad clone. As the whole Marvel NOW! is a New 52 clone.
    In the last couple of years, it seems like Marvel is always a few months behind the competition, rather than trying to stay out in front, which hurts me to say, given that my preference lies with Marvel (though my pull-list seems to indicate otherwise).
    Marvel recently closed 2 series I adored (Avengers Academy and the Punisher), so I may be thougher than their due when I talk about their reboot. Anyway, Marvel NOW! will make Allred regularly draw a Marvel series, so this almost makes me turn a blind eye to their clonations and closures.

    1. I wouldn’t necessarily say it they are taking DC’s ideas and cloning them. Yes there is a certain amount of copying going on but that always happens. If one thing is working well for on publisher there is no reason to think it wouldn’t work for the other.

      It’s not just Marvel taking from DC. DC took a good look at Marvel and how their books are structured and maintained going into the New 52. Just look at the new greater emphasis on the Justice League books since the relaunch. That is clearly influenced by Marvel’s ever strong pushing of the Avengers line and its key writer, Bendis (soon to be Hickman! YAY!) basically being allowed to shape the whole of the Marvel Universe. Geoff Johns as head writer of the Justice League line is finally getting to do what Bendis has been doing for Marvel for years, moulding the whole DCU in his image.

      There’s quite a few Marvel NOW! books I’m looking forward to but there are others I am dropping altogether because this is a good point to drop the dead weight without fear of missing something. I don’t see it as a clone of the New 52 because it is being done in a very different way. It has that Marvel spin to it. The old continuity is in place, it is more about the writers moving onto new books and runs, trying out new ideas and pushing fringe books into the centre stage (such as Guardians of the Galaxy). The New 52 was a sweeping classic DC “we need to start everything again, fresh” Marvel NOW! is just a really good publishing initiative to get me to buy more books.

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