Earth's Mightiest Heroes just got mightier.
USA Today has apparently scooped The View (or been served by Marvel) news that the publisher is launching a new Avengers book titled A-Force. Scheduled to begin during the events of the summer Secret Wars event, A-Force will be written by newly 'exclusive' writer G. Willow Wilson along with Marguerite Bennett, and illustrated by Jorge Molina.
USA Today's Brian Truitt says that the Avengers team has been disbanded during the events of Secret Wars, with this A-Force team emerging in its stead. Coming out of the previously teased Battleworld dominion Arcadia which Wilson describes as a "feminist paradise."
"It feels almost like a great honor to be given the reins on something that has become so central to the narrative at Marvel and a big cinematic property as well," Wilson says.
Wilson explained that the A-Force team being comprised solely of female characters was mandated by Marvel editor Daniel Ketchum, but gave the writer free reign for which characters to recruit.
Included in the recruits is a new character named Singularity, seen to the right of She-Hulk in the Jim Cheung illustration. Willson descibes the character as a pocket universe which gains sentience due to the onset of Secret Wars. Star Trek fans thinking it sounds something like The Next Generation's enigmatic Q can give themselves a pat on the back, as Wilson confirmed it as inspiration.
Although the Jim Cheung illustration shows a massive number of female Marvel heroes, Wilson said the primary team will include long-time Avenger She-Hulk, as well as Dazzler, Medusa, Nico Minoru,and the aforementioned Singularity.
That being said, the cover image is a veritable "Who's Who" of the female heroes at Marvel. From top left, we have Spectrum, Hellcat, Firestar, Vindicator, Jubilee, Karolina Dean, Aurora, Elektra, Rescue, Spider-Gwen, Black Widow, Moondragon, Snowbird, Pixie, Wasp, Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Jean Grey (as Phoenix), Rogue, Storm, Meduca, She-Hulk, Dazzler, Singularity, Scarlet Witch and Nico Minoru.
But what's also of interest is who's not pictured or mentioned. One of Marvel's original heroines, the Invisible Woman, is nowhere to be found in the image. Also missing is the subject of the last big announcement on The View, the new female Thor - whose title continues to be a Top 10 seller four issues in. Ms. Marvel, whom A-Force co-writer G. Willow Wilson steers in a solo series, is also oddly absent.
While it'd be (nearly) impossible to showcase every female hero in one image, these who's here - and who's not - should lend itself to some healthy speculation.