I like Valkyrie, and I love the idea of an all-female team of heroes. However, I have never been satisfied with how her character has been written. I had hoped Fearless Defenders would give the character new life; and it almost does.
First off, Val’s always felt like a second run character. She’s extremely powerful, but she doesn’t face any of the powerful foes of the Marvel Universe. In this series, Valkyrie leads a team of female heroines. Therefore, she has to have her own female villain who leads a team of female villains. I don’t mind pulling a villain from a hero’s past – it worked with Captain Marvel. But this isn’t a character from the past. In fact, this first adventure feels like a retread. Valkyrie has failed to fulfill her mission to replenish the Shieldmaidens from among the worthy on Midgard. So, the Doom Maidens have risen to fill the void. Who are the Doom maidens? They are Valkyries gone bad. No, not the Disir. This is a different group of Valkyries gone bad. *sigh* Honestly, they couldn’t come up with a more original story?
While I wasn’t thrilled with the story or characterizations, the series does have potential. At one point, Valkyrie arranges to have all the major female heroes show up to battle the Doom Maidens. It was damn impressive seeing Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Storm, She-Hulk, Hell Cat, and a dozen more engage in battle. Further, the initial team line-up has some strong figures on it including Hippolyta, Dani Moonstar, and the new-to-me Misty Knight of the bionic arm. They could be so great together!
Overall, this series is weak compared to other Marvel Now titles, but it’s got enough potential to keep me reading. Recommended.