We can’t let you get away without a few “Fearless Defenders” questions, so here’s Marcus:
1) Given your recently announced “Fearless Defenders” series, I was wondering whether or not you could explain it a bit more of it to me. Is it a mystical quest for the heroines to go through or is it more of a buddy series?
It’s a little of both! In “Fearless Defenders,” Valkyrie has been charged with assembling a new group of Shield Maidens — only this time, they are to be gathered from the women of Midgard, not Asgard. What we find, though, is that no one lived up to Val’s high standards. So she’s been procrastinating. Now, she’s in a situation where she must choose a new group. The team she eventually chooses will surprise her a bit, and will help her rethink what it means to be a hero and what it means to be human.
At the heart of the team is Valkyrie, Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar, three very different women you might not think of as teammates. They start off as reluctant allies, but they will form a friendship the likes of which would do the best of ’80s buddy cop movies proud. They’ll need each other as they begin to build the larger group of heroes.
As for adventures, the Defenders have always dealt with strange and off-the-wall menaces. That will still be the case, and some characters like Misty Knight will feel quite out of place on such harrowing adventures—through Asgard, through Valhalla, through the depths of space, and through some of the strangest locales in all of the Marvel Universe. On the other hand, there will be some “street level” stories, and it will be nice to see how out of place Valkyrie feels on such adventures!
2) You surprised me with the idea of teaming up Valkyrie with Misty Knight. What made you go with this unlikely duo?
I think it was the unlikeliness that appealed to me. This book shouldn’t be what anyone expects, and Val and Misty as the first two team members puts a pretty fine point on that. I also like how the two of them interact from their first meeting onwards. Both of these characters are a little time-lost, I think. Even Misty, who is streetwise, is a little out of touch with the real world. I think there’s gold to be mined from their relationship.
Nate-Grey continues the “Fearless Defenders” query, hoping for a few spoilers of the upcoming roster.
I really enjoyed Valkyrie’s story in The Fearless and have been eagerly awaiting the selection of her new team of Valkyries. I was especially delighted to learn that Dani Moonstar is one of the founding members. Do you have plans to use other mutants in the future? I think Storm and Jubilee would make great additions to the team!
I don’t want to reveal too much about the final team, but I’ll tell you that there is definitely one (maybe more) mutant on my team. I’ll also say that if you have a favorite Marvel lady, it’s a pretty safe bet that she will show up in the series at some point. The final team of valkyries will be eight strong. But the cast will rotate from arc to arc. You won’t see all eight of them together until something really, really bad happens (and it will). At the same time, expect to see lots of guest stars in the book.
6) Wait…bonus…What’s your dream book to work on and who’d you want illustrating it?
Tough question. For the longest time, I’ve said that I want to write a Microns/Enigma Force book. Those characters helped me learn to love comics. I had the chance to tell one of their stories in “Minimum Carnage.” Besides the Enigma Force, I’ve campaigned for months and months to write the book that would become “The Fearless Defenders,” so I’d be a fool if I didn’t say that’s high on the list. I’d love to get a shot at “Ghost Rider” or the X-Men or “Wolverine” again. As for artists, I’ve been pretty blessed in terms of the artists I’ve been able to work with. They’ve all been amazing collaborators. Every book with a new artist is a different experience. It would be a dream come true if I got the chance to work with Alan Davis or Walt Simonson, though
FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1
CULLEN BUNN (W) • Will Sliney (A)
Cover by Mark Brooks
Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by MILO MANARA
Sketch Variant by MILO MANARA
Blank Cover Also Available
NEW TEAM! NEW VILLAINS! NEW CREATORS! Valkyrie and Misty Knight are the Fearless Defenders and not since Power Man and Iron Fist has an unlikely duo kicked this much—well, you know. Writer Cullen Bunn (Venom, Sixth Gun, The Fearless) and new-to-Marvel artist Will Sliney (MacGyver, Star Wars) bring you the book everyone is going to be talking about on Thursday morning.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99
Preview art for Fearless Defenders!
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Nrama: Cullen, anything else readers should know about Fearless Defenders at this stage?
Bunn: I’ve heard, for many years, that a female presence in Marvel books is important. I hear a lot of readers saying that. I also hear a lot of readers saying, “Let’s do something different.” Something that’s not the same old trick. I believe this book answers both of those things. Those are some great reasons for readers to give the book a try, if nothing else.
I can’t express how excited I am for this book! The second I go to my LCS next week, I’m putting it on my pre-order list. YOU SHOULD TOO!
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