Brace yourself: Marvel Comics is putting together the female supergroup of the century.
On Friday, the company announced A-Force, a new monthly series centered on an all-female manifestation of the Avengers, featuring fan favorites like She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler and Nico Minoru, among many others. The cover also features top female characters like Phoenix, Wasp and Elektra.
The series, part of the publisher's company-wide Secret Wars mega-crossover, is written by Ms. Marvel and X-Men writer G. Willow Wilson and Angela: Asgard's Assassin writer Marguerite Bennett and drawn by X-Men artist Jorge Molina.
"We've purposefully assembled a team composed of very different characters — from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies," Wilson told USA Today. "They'll all have to come together to answer some big questions: What would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?" The A-Force will also introduce Singularity, a cosmically charged brand-new superhero to the universe.
"Our heroines embody the ideals of what we can each strive to be," Bennett said, according to the Huffington Post.
The new book is more than just a gimmick to help promote the company-wide Secret Wars story arc, which is set to kick off in May. The Huffington Post notes that the all-female book follows Marvel's September announcement that the new Thor would be a woman, a move that, along with the introduction of a Pakistani-American Ms. Marvel, signifies a shift towards stories centered on more diverse characters.
"Marvel has always celebrated the diversity of its family of characters and creators," series editor Daniel Ketch told the Huffington Post. "This new series will unite Marvel's mightiest heroines with the exceptionally creative minds of writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett to craft a story full of epic battles, personal triumphs and heart-stopping peril ... and an all-new character who will push the boundaries of diversity in comic books even further."
With its creative and inventive new books, Marvel is definitely pushing the comics industry in a more creative direction. But let's not forget the most recent incarnation of Spider-Woman:
Thankfully, with acclaimed and outspokenly feminist talent like Wilson and Bennett behind it, A-Force looks like it's off to a promising start.