Rolling into 2015, both Marvel and DC seem to have finally noticed that a considerable number of women make up their readership and- in a genuinely surprising move- they’re actually deciding to make their books and female characters more accessible. Needless to say, this makes me giddier than a schoolboy full of sherbet!
Marvel, coincidentally looking like they’re trying to one-up DC yet again, have decided to pull out the big guns and take one of their most lucrative dong-fests, The Avengers, and reassemble it exclusively with Earth’s mightiest heroines!
The all new team will be called the A-Force- rocking an “A” awfully reminiscence to the former Avengers- and will be penned by G Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett. Both writers have been responsible for some serious impacts in the Marvel Universe recently, with Wilson revitalising Ms Marvel as a young Muslim-American girl and Bennett spearheading Marvel’s Asgardian assassin Angela.
For those wondering what brought this diverse group of heroes together and where Cap and his posse went, two words, Secret Wars. Not much more is know other than that, with Wilson adding this cryptic comment:
“We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of very different characters – from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies. They’ll all have to come together to answer some big questions: what would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?”
As for who will be on the team, well, it looks like a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of Marvel characters. From top left, we have Spectrum, Hellcat, Firestar, Vindicator, Jubilee, Karolina Dean, Aurora, Elektra, Rescue, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Moondragon, Snowbird, Pixie, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Jean Grey (as Phoenix), Rogue, Storm, Meduca, She-Hulk, Dazzler, Singularity, Scarlet Witch and Nico Minoru.
What’s more interesting is who wasn’t included in the explosion on paper. We’ve got peculiar choices like Dazzler- an 80’s singer/crimefighter who can essentially turn music into mutant flash bangs- and Jubilee but we’re missing notable female characters like Sue Storm and Thor. It may be a case of not having enough space to include everyone but seeing as Thor is a top ten seller, it seems like an noticeable exception. Let the rampant speculation begin!
The A-Force and Secret Wars cross-over event kick off this coming May, so if this is making your spidey-sense tingle, add it to your pull list quick…or just pay ridiculous resell prices after the scalpers snap them up.