While Matt Fraction’s Defenders series wraps this month, a new team is poised to assume that storied mantle in the new year. Marvel announced today that Cullen Bunn (Venom, The Sixth Gun) will team with artist Will Sliney (MacGyver) to chronicle the exploits of an all-female team known as The Fearless Defenders, set for launch in February.
The new ongoing starring Valkyrie and Misty Knight is something of a spiritual successor to Bunn’s work on various Fear Itself tie-ins and followups, including, of course, Fear Itself: The Fearless. In an interview with Newsarama, Bunn is tight-lipped about the rest of the ensemble, but we do know that the villain is an all-new female character and that one other teammate is New Mutant Dani Moonstar. As for the premise for this team-up, the Fearless Defenders are essentially Valkyrie’s new Valkyrior group. We liken this to DC Comics’ Birds of Prey title, more than a bit lamentable since it says so much about the rarity, even the novelty, of an all-female superhero team.
What female heroes or villains would you like to see showcased in The Fearless Defenders?