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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (30 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785163433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785163435
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Culleton on 8 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Spinning out from the main event of 2011; Fear Itself: The Fearless is just one-part of what happens in the aftermath. After the Serpent War, the superhero community is shattered (most Marvel comics had the words "Shattered Heroes" over their titles), but there's no time to lick wounds as new threats emerge everywhere.

One of those threats comes in the form of Sin, the Red Skull's daughter, who started the whole Serpent War in the first place. Sin, now without her powered-up persona of Skadi and her Norse-God-of-Fear hammer, is in a frenzy to get her hands on all the hammers that transformed The Worthy into the God of Fear's generals.

Teamed up with villain and lover Crossbones, she's on a mission to trace the hammers, now scattered around the globe, in order to have another go at world domination.

But there's another who is also on the hunt for the hammers; Brunhilde of Asgard, aka Valkyrie of the Secret Avengers. She quits her role as a Secret Avenger and dedicates her life to this mission.

The other reviewer questioned Marvel's choice of character for this book, but I think it makes perfect sense. The hammers are of Asgard, it's therefore an Asgardian problem. Thor is seemingly dead at this time, having died in his act of killing the Serpent, thus ending the war, so it makes total sense to me for Valkyrie, a superhero in her own right as well as a member of Asgard's Valkyrior, to take on this challenge.

The book spans the globe, with both adversaries coming into contact with other heroes along the way. The Thing's appearance for example, is a particular favourite chapter of mine as he was one of the Worthy who was transformed into Angrir, Breaker of Souls and wreaked havoc and destruction in New York, so is trying to make amends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2012
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First we had Fear Itself, then came a pointless follow up and now we have The Fearless. Did we really need them all? The answer is no.

The story is fairly simple - Sin, having lost to the heroes at the end of fear itself, seeks to harness the power of the asgardian hammers which did so much damage in the first place. However she is not alone in her quest to retrieve the weapons of power. Valkyrie (of the Avengers) is also travelling the globe in order to collect the hammers to stop them falling into the wrong hands. This is the first problem I had with the book. Valkyrie is a fairly boring character, 1 dimensional with little appeal. If you happen to be a fan of her then its likely you will enjoy this a lot more than I did. Thus she crosses swords with many of the Marvel universe along the way.

My second problem was the art work which is shared by Mark Bagley and Paul Pelletier. Pelletier saves the day with some nice pencils but its Bagley who lets the side down. His work looks rushed and to be honest he is an artist who has hardly improved or changed in the last 20 years.

The best thing about the fearless has undoubtably been the work of Arthur Adams on cover duty. If only he had pencilled some of the interiors.......
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By MATTHEW BARKER on 28 Sept. 2014
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Stop! Hammer Time! 30 Oct. 2013
By Culleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Spinning out from the main event of 2011; Fear Itself: The Fearless is just one-part of what happens in the aftermath. After the Serpent War, the superhero community is shattered (most Marvel comics had the words "Shattered Heroes" over their titles), but there's no time to lick wounds as new threats emerge everywhere.

One of those threats comes in the form of Sin, the Red Skull's daughter, who started the whole Serpent War in the first place. Sin, now without her powered-up persona of Skadi and her Norse-God-of-Fear hammer, is in a frenzy to get her hands on all the hammers that transformed The Worthy into the God of Fear's generals.

Teamed up with villain and lover Crossbones, she's on a mission to trace the hammers, now scattered around the globe, in order to have another go at world domination.

But there's another who is also on the hunt for the hammers; Brunhilde of Asgard, aka Valkyrie of the Secret Avengers. She quits her role as a Secret Avenger and dedicates her life to this mission.

I've read reviews elsewhere that have questioned Marvel's choice of character for this book, but I think it makes perfect sense. The hammers are of Asgard, it's therefore an Asgardian problem. Thor is seemingly dead at this time, having died in his act of killing the Serpent, thus ending the war, so it makes total sense to me for Valkyrie, a superhero in her own right as well as a member of Asgard's Valkyrior, to take on this challenge.

The book spans the globe, with both adversaries coming into contact with other heroes along the way. The Thing's appearance for example, is a particular favourite chapter of mine as he was one of the Worthy who was transformed into Angrir, Breaker of Souls and wreaked havoc and destruction in New York, so is trying to make amends. Brunhilde however, is in his way!

This book is not essential reading for the casual reader. It is however, useful for those who have read Fear Itself and wants to know what happens in the aftermath of that event. I found it enjoyable and a good read, and although the artwork isn't of the highest standard that I like or am used to in the comics I collect, it is good all the same.

I think the first reviewer is slightly critical, but I admit that this story is not for everyone. In fact Fear Itself has had its critics, although I'm not one of them. I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could, and one should remember that this is 12 comic-issues long, it's a bumper book and worth the money especially in hardback (as it is quite cheap in hardback on the UK amazon site).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Fearless Valkyrie 15 Mar. 2013
By EdM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Fearless is a follow up to the Fear Itself storyline and is a far better one at that. The storys main character is Valkyrie as she collects the hammers of the worthy from across the world. Valkyrie can definitely hold a series and the inclusion of the other heroes shows that she is the only one capable of stopping Sin and her allies. The villians are the DOA from the old nightstalkers series from the nineties. The main villians are Sin and Crossbones. Crossbones seems to be characterized here as not much more than a self-absorbed thug that has no purpose in life other than serve the red skulls daughter. Valkyrie is shown to have the potential to be marvels wonder woman as she never gives up on what she percieves is her duty and honor. More stories like this from marvel needs to be done. The final few pages sets up the new series the Fearless Defenders. Arigato to Marvel for giving Valkyrie her own series.
Didn't we do this already? 8 May 2014
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked Fear Itself. It wasn't as good as previous crossover events like Civil War or Siege, but it was enjoyable. And I love reading about the aftermath of events. So, I was a bit surprised to be underwhelmed by Fearless - it felt like a retread.

After the Serpent is defeated, the 8 hammers of the worthy were collected and hidden by our heroes. Valkyrie was instructed by Odin to collect the hammers, only the Avengers are opposed to this. Captain America, justifiably, feels that the whole event was Asgard's fault and that Odin abandoned Earth to its fate rather than fight with them. The hammers should remain in Earth's custody. Naturally, Valkyrie proceeds to collect the hammers anyway - battling the heroes who are guarding them. Interspersed with this are flashbacks to Valkyrie's past, which helped develop her character and flesh out her story arc. I love Valkyrie, and this should have been a great read with her at the forefront. However, she is not the only one after the hammers. Recently escaped Sin is also after them.

This is where the story seriously faltered. Sin was the instrument that brought about Fear Itself; she was the first of the worthy. And honestly, she's just not that good a villain to begin with. Red Skull's daughter is nothing more than a female version of him. Been there, done that (better). Added onto that, we just had Fear Itself so to have her causing almost the same strife again felt like a retread. Didn't we do this already and defeat Fear?

I really enjoyed Valkyrie's mission and her interaction with the various heroes and Aesir. We learn that she is tired, so very tired and just wants to stop the endless cycle of death/rebirth and be in Valhalla. So, her motivation makes sense. And her battles are epic, especially her one on one against Storm. But, the whole reason for this battles is weak. Valkyrie has a very good reason for collecting the hammers. A reason that if she had simply told Cap, he would have agreed and even helped her! This was somewhat dissatisfying. The book closes with a set-up for Valkyrie's future Marvel Now title, Fearless Defenders. I like her character and the idea has promise so I'll definitely pick up the new series.

Overall, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had waited a long while after Fear Itself before reading it. I think those who haven't read Fear Itself, or didn't like it, may still enjoy this. And, the hardcover collection is an excellent value with a lot of content. Cautiously recommended.
if you loved Fear Itself, you'll probably like this follow up 26 Feb. 2013
By T. Gallina - Published on Amazon.com
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A loooong time ago Marvel put out it's first "Maxi-series" when it launched secret wars. It was a huge hit, and fans response was warm. Almost a year later they brought back the same villain and deployed a follow-up series called secret wars 2, it was NOT a huge hit and fan response was laughter. FEAR ITSELF the FEARLESS makes some of the same mistakes as secret wars 2 BUT it learned enough lessons to make this sequel better. The Simple addition of having Arthur Adams covers for each issue is a huge upgrade, and almost worth buying the volume also starting the series RIGHT after the first series was a good idea. OKAY - to the actual story. This whole volume is a Valkyrie vehicle, and to be honest she isn't interesting enough to carry a series. Crossbones has the most interesting journey in the book and Son of Satan shows up for some nice drama. Cap and Iron-man are here to move the story along and the rest of the avengers show up to get beat up and give Valkkyrie a chance to shine. The volume notes Paul Pelletier as an artist. Unless he draws exactly like Mark Bagley I can't confirm he supplied any art to the series. the artists aren't noted in each issue. in closing, there's enough here to keep the pages moving BUT overall an "okay" story.
Great Story 29 Aug. 2013
By J. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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I disagree with the negative assessments of some people about the Fear Itself tie-in storyline. I thought that it was excellent. The Fearless follows in the aftermath of the events of Fear Itself, with Valkyrie being the central character. It is very good. I definitely recommend this TPB. After reading it, I feel that Valkyrie should get her own title as well.
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