November 11, 2012

FEARLESS DEFENDERS: Here Come The Heroines

With the announcement of writer Cullen Bunn's new series, Fearless Defenders, a crop of comics featuring female characters as the main focus has suddenly emerged from Marvel Comics.  

Perhaps realizing the new audiences can be reached with female fans in particular, in the digital era, this new wave of super heroine-centric titles launching within the same time frame is indeed unprecedented. 

There have always been comics starring super-heroines throughout Marvel Comics' history but it always felt like there was only a few, per decade. In the 1980s, when I started reading comic-books notably the inter gender teams of the X-Men, New Mutants and handful of other titles, there were a few notable series like Dazzler and Spider-Woman, on the shelves. In the 1990s, John Byrne's Sensational She-Hulk series lead the way for super-heroines of that era. There have a been handful of miniseries such as Elektra, White Queen/Emma Frost and The Black Widow over the decades.  More recently the former Ms. Marvel, now Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers is currently starring in her own series. 

As of this writing, Marvel Comics' lineup now focuses on series where super-heroines take the spotlight of the comic-books. These include: Red She-Hulk, FF (where 3 of 4 characters are women) and Fearless Defenders.  Young women discovering comic-books will enter a time when the two giant comic publishers have series that feature female characters taking the lead role. DC Comics offers Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Katana (launching in 2013), Sword of Sorcery (starring 80s wonder, Amethyst) and the venerable Wonder-Woman.

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