The push for more women in comics is heading to the front lines of Secret Wars this spring, with a brand new, all-girl Avengers comic called A-Force. Under the pen of G. Willow Wilson, the A-Force will unite to take on a Secret Wars threat while the main Avengers teams are disbanded.
The new comic was announced at USA Today.
Wilson (Ms. Marvel) will be joined by Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard’s Assassin), with Jorge Molina (X-Men) on art.
According to Wilson, the team lineup will be She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler and Nico Minoru from Runaways. She told USA Today that she wanted a diverse lineup with unique and interesting powers. The team will come together on the new Secret Wars Battleworld.
“This is an opportunity to put people who would normally have no reason to interact with each other on one team,” Wilson said. “I want people whose power sets really build on each other so that there are specific limitations that can only become overcome by working together. Nobody’s so overpowered that it gets boring and nobody’s so underpowered that they have to be saved all the time. I wanted a balance visually and practically.”
Wilson, who signed an exclusive deal with Marvel in December, will also be introducing a new original character, Singularity (the blue one to She-Hulk’s left). Wilson described Singularity as a cosmic, genderless being with inter-dimensional powers, allowing her to serve as both a team member and team headquarters.
A-Force will be released alongside Secret Wars. It follows in the all-female footsteps of Fearless Defenders and adjectiveless X-Men.
“It feels almost like a great honor to be given the reins on something that has become so central to the narrative at Marvel and a big cinematic property as well,” Wilson told USA Today.
“We’re having very interesting discussions in comics about gender, about competing ideologies, about how to be inclusive without making fans of the classic canon feel alienated. These are big questions for the whole industry right now and everybody is grappling to answer in fresh and relevant ways. So to be part of that is very, very cool for me.”
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