DC is launching a Female Furies limited series in February, spinning out of Jack Kirby's Fourth World creations. Writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Adriana Melo are the creative team of the six-issue series, which focuses on “the early days of Apokolips” with Granny Goodness, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth, and Stomp.
"Female Furies takes place smack in the middle of Jack Kirby’s original Fourth World, so if you know Kirby’s New Gods well you’ll have a familiar understanding of the key players and their motivations," said Castellucci. "However, you don’t need prior knowledge of Apokolips to enter this story; just remember that there are often terrible people in power…and then there are the people who are being held down by them."
In DC lore, the Female Furies were raised by Darkseid's regime to be an all-female fighting force.
"I’m playing with the core elements of female relationships within the ranks of the Furies," the writer explained. "But I’m also aiming to deconstruct their relationships and look at how systemic misogyny and harassment contribute to some storytelling stereotypes. While you can see infighting and power struggles in some stories about the Female Furies, the fact is that the Furies are kept down by the circumstances of where they live and who is in power. Naturally, these women are strong and capable, so this story is meant to try to blow up some of those stereotypes and look at them with a new view, especially in this moment of time."
Female Furies will follow the current 12-issue Mister Miracle series (which co-stars Big Barda), and that series' artist Mitch Gerads drew the Female Furies #1 cover.
Female Furies #1 is scheduled to debut February 6, 2019.