First String Females: Marvel’s A-Force Sounds Like an A+

With the announcement about Secret Wars and Battleworld, it’s not like there wasn’t enough Marvel comics news to have our attention. But here’s something that’s really got Daily Geekette revved up (in the good way): A-Force.

Writer G. Willow Wilson and editor Daniel Ketchum were given almost complete free reign in making the team for this new series. As Wilson said: “They’ve become very committed in the last couple of years to telling new stories, to gender diversity, to getting more voices out there so they said, ‘Here’s the roster. Go nuts.’ ”

 Credit: Stephanie Hans
Credit: Stephanie Hans

The only two conditions? The team had to be all female, and they had to create one new character.  They succeeded in both:  Nico Minoru, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Dazzler are definitely on the team, plus a newbie named Singularity. Singularity isn’t human, but rather a “cosmological event…a pocket universe that gained self-consciousness”: this means Singularity is not, biologically speaking, male or female. Wilson compares her to Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a higher being looking to learn more about the human race. And while TNG‘s Q had a preferred male form, Singularity identifies as female.

I love the fact that the Marvel company mandated a team of all women. Some people may complain that team of women isn’t new for Marvel – and they’re right, it isn’t. But that doesn’t stop it from being a great thing. We’ve got how many decades of male-dominated superhero teams to catch up with? Marvel’s sales are BOOMING thanks to female-specific titles like this, and with G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennet writing it, I don’t see this gravy train stopping anytime soon.

P.S. Am I the only one really freaking stoked about Dazzler?!

 

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