Marvel continues its female-forward slant with the announcement today of The A-Force, an all-female Avengers team. Just by viewing the (awesome) poster we can spy heroes from other teams, including The Avengers’ Scarlet Witch and Wasp; The X-Men’s Storm, Phoenix, Dazzler, and Rogue; Alpha Flight’s Aurora and Guardian; and Runaway Nico Minoru; as well as Medusa, Elektra, Captain Marvel, Firestar, Spider-Gwen, and probably every female hero Marvel has on its roster. There’s no sign of the new female Thor, though.
Judging by poster-prominence, She-Hulk, Medusa, Dazzler, and Nico—along with Singularity, a new superhero who’s “cosmically powered”—will lead the way for the A-Force. Look for the team to play a prominent role in the previously announced Marvel Comics Secret Wars transition.
A-Force will build on Marvel’s growing female base, as it will be co-written by G. Willow Wilson—who is currently enjoying a successful Ms. Marvel run after re-booting her as a Muslim—and Marguerite Bennett, who wrote Marvel’s Angela: Asgard’s Assassin. It will be drawn by X-Men artist Jorge Molina. Other recent popular female-based titles include Marvel’s aforementioned Ms. Marvel, as well as Captain Marvel, Storm, Squirrel Girl, Angela, and the upcoming Spider-Gwen and Silk, as well as DC’s Batgirl, Supergirl, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman, making A-Force part of a welcome comics trend. (Many of these titles have women on the creative team as well.)
The Marvel website is only a little excited:
And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroines found themselves united against a common threat. On that day, A-Force was born—to fight the foes no single Super Hero could withstand! Their glory will never been denied! Heed the call, A-Force Assemble!