If you read Fear Itself then you know that many of the heroes of the Marvel Universe recently endured some devastating losses. The eight mystical "war hammers" that altered so many of the heroes and threatened to destroy the earth are still out there, and Valkyrie has taken it upon herself in Marvel's new twelve issue series to retrieve them all; even if that means doing so behind the backs of her teammates and Captain America. First off -- can we just say how happy we are that one of Marvel's premiere female characters is finally getting some more time in the spotlight?
The new series focuses on one of the few Asgardian female warriors and is bringing one of Marvel's female characters to the forefront -- and its about time. If you read a lot of comics each month you may have noticed that the number of female ongoing titles coming out of Marvel Comics is pretty thin. Aside from books like X-23 which has seen a lot of success, there aren't very many Marvel ongoing titles centered around female characters. In fact, most of the books that start out as ongoings, are short lived and get canceled pretty early on.
An example of this is Spider-Woman which was supposed to launch out of Secret Invasion (2008) as an ongoing series, but was soon canceled following the release of the 7th issue in May of 2010. Why is that exactly? Marvel has plenty of ladies in their character gallery, so why don't more of their women have ongoing books?== TEASER ==
It's not that they are weak or feeble female characters, either. I mean, look at Ms. Marvel? She's probably strong enough to beat up Captain America or Thor, and she had a pretty successful ongoing title which managed to reach issue #50 before being canceled in April, 2010, but it was still canceled. What is it about these characters that are preventing Marvel from continuing to release their ongoing books? They are perfectly capable of enthralling and enchanting both male and female readers alike, so why don't we have more Marvel ongoing series centered around the women of Marvel?
Marvel's new twelve issue series 'Fear Itself: The Fearless' which will spotlight Valkyrie might have a better chance at being successful. First, the title of the series is clearly tied to the last major Marvel story-arc, Fear Itself. If you didn't know it was a book about Valkyrie, you might just pick it up based on the book's title, it relates to the last major Marvel event.
By tying Valkyrie to this series the writers will be able to not only explore the continuation of the 'Fear Itself' story, but they will inevitably explore her character and reveal how she operates independently of her Asgardian brothers and sisters as well as her Avengers teammates.
This will be the perfect way to reach audiences who are unfamiliar with her character, and might make even the non-believer a fan. Who knows? Maybe you'll start thinking she deserves her own ongoing title? I mean it's not as though she isn't fully capable; just take a look at some of her stats:
- She's one of Asgards most powerful warriors meaning she's physically very strong
- She has led the Valkyrior who are responsible for bringing fallen soldiers to Valhalla, demonstrating that she is compassionate
- She's been around since 1970, when she first made her appearance in issue #83 of 'The Avengers'
- She was named the "Defender of Earth" by Odin and has been tasked with protecting both Earth and Asgard.
- She has guts; she's even stood up to Odin, and more recently, she went behind Captain America's back by setting out on a journey to independently retrieve the "war hammers."
Clearly, she's capable of being kind of a badass. Based on the first look we got at the second issue of Marvel's 'Fear Itself: The Fearless' earlier today, Valkyrie has no problem taking down bad guys on her own. From what we can tell, Valkyrie is "fearless" and strong, taking on demons and continuing her search for the "war hammers" independently. Perhaps Valkyrie will get her very own ongoing title following her search for the "war hammers" in 'Fear Itself: The Fearless.' What do you think? Do you think that Valkyrie would be able to headline her own ongoing series? Do you like the character? Do you think that Marvel has enough female ongoing books, or would you like to see more?
For a full preview of 'Fear Itself: The Fearless' check out the pages here.