Well the Dead have risen and it’s up to a Valkyrie, a Hero for Hire, & and an archaeologist to stop them…well the world was fun while it lasted right?
Here is the summary from Marvel:
DANI MOONSTAR joins the Defenders! Valkyrie and Misty prepare to take on the Doom Maidens. Plus: A closer look at our sadistic new villain!
Valkyrie, Misty, & Annabelle head to Asgard in order to speak with the All-Mother (well I should say Mothers since there are 3 of them but oh well) about the reemergence of the Doommaidens. Safe to say the talks don’t go well as Valkyrie is thoroughly chewed out before being attacked by the Queen of Hel herself, Hela who has brought her own solution to the problem; the “warrior woman” Hippolyta.
Cullen Bunn’s script is basically a reverse of his first one, with action kicking it off, and exposition coming in later. Dani Moonstar makes in appearance and her introductory scenes are pretty badass…until she is captured by our villain for the arc. Apparently Brunhilde was supposed to recruit a new Valkyrior (basically a team of kick ass females) to protect the realms…but she got a bit sidetracked (drinking, having sex with Venom, Tv; you know the usual stuff.). More explanation on who the Doommaidens are is given and we get more of a taste as to what these women are in for, especially since Hela has added her own warrior into the fray.
Will Sliney’s art is a bit more consistent this time around and creates some pretty good scenes. Dani Moonstar’s whole 5 page introduction is a full blast of action, from her firing her 1st arrow, to her being knocked out. Nothing in the transitions is awkward and the panels flow well together. Valkyrie’s few reflection panels fit in well and we get a couple more cameos when we see who she considered recruiting (Storm, Rachel Grey, Black Cat, & Songbird among others). While the fight against Hela was a bit awkward in the grand scheme of things it was a necessary avenue to introduce Hippolyta who I personally would like to see more of.
Fearless Defenders is starting to become one of those hidden gems in Marvels collection (Next to JIM & Captain Marvel), from the characters to the set-up, it is a nice tale that anyone can get into without much knowledge. I will certainly continue to follow this story as it continues.