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Fearless Defenders Volume 1: Doom Maidens (Marvel Now) [Paperback]

Cullen Bunn , Will Sliney
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (27 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168485
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fearless Defenders: Doom Maidens (Marvel Now) Volume 1 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, FEAR ITSELF: THE FEARLESS) and new-to-Marvel artist Will Sliney (MacGyver, Star Wars) bring you the book that everyone is going to be talking about...and that's a promise!COLLEC... Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Misty Knight is a character who is usually in Heroes for Hire and I reckon deserves Grade A because she generally gets to be portrayed as one of the rare characters in Marvelverse who is down to earth and what she lacks in earth-shattering powers (I mean, a bionic arm is no big deal, right?) she makes up for in street-smarts and quick wits. Valkyrie has tended to be portrayed as humourless `ice maiden' and often used as a foil to bring team mates more rounded characters in relief. It was interesting to see what would happen when they were brought into a new run as a team of opposite characters.

The story has a few stock situations.
Firstly: The return of something grim from Asgard's long ages helped along by a stone cold evil person; Caroline Le Fey (note the surname folks), she is aided by your standard, vicious mercenary for hire (Mr Raven).
Secondly: Hero possession by dark forces; it's a shame this has been over-used so much by Marvel writers in recent years as in this situation in makes perfect sense.

There's much action, lots of Asgard-speak. Ares' daughter Hippolyta is introduced; since she is of Greek pantheon we are treated to snarky comments about Asgard; as Misty has no time for anyone's bombast she deals in a few sharp remarks of her own (`you can out-Xena each other when we've finished the job'). Thus there's quite a layer of wit in this, including those dry descriptive boxes under characters from time to time.
Dani Moonstar is in on the scene with a pivotal role so has an archaeologist Annabelle Riggs and thus we have a five woman team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All-female bravado 20 Sep 2013
By Boris
Format:Paperback
When DC published "Birds of Prey" at the end of the 90s, they were the first of the big companies to bring out an all-female team book. Meanwhile the all-female, nevertheless adjectiveless "X-Men" are one of the biggest sellers at Marvel and a critical success too. But the first all-female Marvel team book preceded X-Men by some months. The first 6 issues are collected here. Not included is the 4.AU Age of Ultron tie-in.
The book gets its charm by bringing together female c- and d-list characters from different worlds. The two main protagonists are Valkyrie Brunnhilde and bionic-fist-for-hire Misty Knight. Because of some messing up of all parts involved the Doom Maidens are revived, the predecessors of the Valkyrie, eventually corrupted and finally defeated by Odin. Now Brunnhilde and Misty get the task to clean up and for this purpose reform new Valkyrior. Some of the suspense lies in the question which women will be recruited. And always the two worlds, Asgard and Misty's street level world collide ("Why are you speaking like that?"), in-between archeologist Annabelle Riggs who has a crush on Valkyrie. There is an interesting new villain, Caroline le Fay, and a nice story ending with a cliff hanger. Do not look for too much depths here, but a lot of fun. The art of newcomer Will Sliney is promising; I am on board for the next issues. I would give the book 3 and a half stars, but since 3 is already considered mediocre here I am going to round up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I wanted so much to like this... 8 Dec 2013
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I really did. It is full of characters I love, and a female team book is something to treasure.

Unfortunately this is bitty, and often out of character - certainly for Misty Knight and the Valkyrie. The plot is messy, the dialogue dull and the artwork unmemorable.

Such a pity, when Marvel's first book for some time with a female lead ('Captain Marvel') is so damn good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 Nov 2013
By Dan
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Amazing story, great characters and the introduction of "warrior woman" is really interesting.
Women, women, women everywhere its a nice change to be honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make Mine Fearless 29 Sep 2013
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I honestly can't say enough great things about this series! Cullen Bunn (Venom, Sixth Gun) continues the story of Valkyrie from Fear Itself: The Fearless as she needs to choose a new Valkyrior from Marvel's stable of heroines. Much like The Fearless, Cullen continues to weave a love letter to the Marvel Universe. Being a Marvel Zombie for 17 years now I love getting to read about these underused and underappreicated characters. This book needs more fans and I hope you'll give it a chance. Its very new reader friendly with incredible art and great writing to boot.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining book. 23 Nov 2013
By Dylan Luciano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have to admit that I've been a fan of the Defenders since their first run. The book originally went from the concept of the strongest outsiders in the Marvel Universe (Namor, Dr. Strange, Hulk) to focus on a bunch of C and D list characters who couldn't support their own book (Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Red Guardian etc) who were a very ragtag team of individuals. The idea was tried (even just recently under Fraction) several times but the book never survived to stick with subsequent reboots.

I was instantly grabbed by the cover because it showed Valkyrie. A character who was from the original Defenders run and only recently started to get some focus in New Avengers and Fear Itself. Fearless Defenders can be described as worthy of The Defenders title. It's a very fun book that focuses on lesser known characters of the Marvel Universe but captures the chemistry they have. As soon as the book ended I was looking forward to seeing more of Misty Knight and Valkyrie's interactions.

It interjects itself nicely with humorous captions and the art is great. I was also a fan of the various covers for each issue collected. I did have to remind myself that Valkyrie isn't the same one from the original Defenders run when I found the change in her character off. I do want to praise the book for making me invested in the Asgardian adventure the book focuses on when I have never been a huge fan of Thor.
5.0 out of 5 stars Woo-Hooo! Women that Kick Butt! 26 Jun 2014
By Gardengrrl - Published on Amazon.com
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There are just not enough role models for girls as super heroes. Villains maybe, but not heroes. This series has awesome graphics and an okay story line. Really a shame it got cancelled. I had found a couple of separate issues and liked it enough to order the entire series. If you are even checking this out, go a head and order it, you know it will be fun to read and the pictures are great.

Buy this series for your mean little niece, give her a cape and toy sword, then turn her loose back to your sister. BWAAAHAHAHA!
3.0 out of 5 stars The potential is there... 18 Jun 2014
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All-female bravado 20 Sep 2013
By Boris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When DC published "Birds of Prey" at the end of the 90s, they were the first of the big companies to bring out an all-female team book. Meanwhile the all-female, nevertheless adjectiveless "X-Men" are one of the biggest sellers at Marvel and a critical success too. But the first all-female Marvel team book preceded X-Men by some months. The first 6 issues are collected here. Not included is the 4.AU Age of Ultron tie-in.
The book gets its charm by bringing together female c- and d-list characters from different worlds. The two main protagonists are Valkyrie Brunnhilde and bionic-fist-for-hire Misty Knight. Because of some messing up of all parts involved the Doom Maidens are revived, the predecessors of the Valkyrie, eventually corrupted and finally defeated by Odin. Now Brunnhilde and Misty get the task to clean up and for this purpose reform new Valkyrior. Some of the suspense lies in the question which women will be recruited. And always the two worlds, Asgard and Misty's street level world collide ("Why are you speaking like that?"), in-between archeologist Annabelle Riggs who has a crush on Valkyrie. There is an interesting new villain, Caroline le Fay, and a nice story ending with a cliff hanger. Do not look for too much depths here, but a lot of fun. The art of newcomer Will Sliney is promising; I am on board for the next issues. I would give the book 3 and a half stars, but since 3 is already considered mediocre here I am going to round up.
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