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This past Friday saw the announcement of the new Avengers, called The A-Force. What’s the big deal? Well, if you didn’t hear it’s going to be comprised of all female superheroes. Not to mention, it is being written by women! I had to take a few days to process this information as once again, Marvel has surpassed my expectations. I know that many folks were annoyed, frustrated, devastated, joyful about the change of Thor from male to female but this, this is without argument, an amazing idea. To have a group of females working together to fight evil, what a wonderful concept and one that I would see occur in the real world.
You see, one of the biggest issues in feminism (to me, anyway) is that women simply do not work together. So many women backstab, gossip and judge other women. So many put each other down because of jealousy or greed or cruelty. If women worked together, truly worked together, then big things could happen. BIG things.
Ok, back to the A-Force…let’s see, it’s going to be comprised of some pretty awesome characters, including a new one, named Singularity who will be cosmically-based.
G. Willow Wilson, one of the writers on this new project had this to say about the upcoming A-Force:
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. They’ll all have to come together to answer some big questions: What would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?
Let’s look at that again, “What is being a hero worth?” An interesting question for sure and one we’ve seen answered many times before in various comic universes. We see Batman, Superman and a host of others struggle with this very concept. Is being a hero worth never having a life of your own? Never having a family in the conventional sense? Is being a hero worth always being an outcast, a loner? These are big questions in the comic world. Superheroes are flawed beings (whether they are human or not), they struggle with finding a balance between their superhero life and their “normal” life. Some succeed but mostly they are in turmoil. To see a group of women have to deal with these ideas and still succeed as a team would be a truly wonderful thing to see.
It’s my hope that young men (old men too) will see these A-Force comics and not scoff at them and dismiss them out of hand. It is my hope that they will see that women can be powerful and beautiful. Maybe that’s too much to hope for but I have faith that with this new development, Marvel is once again proving that girls can kick every bit as much ass as the boys have been doing and they’ll probably all do it in heels too.
I like what Wilson has to say about her upcoming universe. It’s deep questions that we ask ourselves with the male driven comics, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our female hero’s? Wilson also posed this important question:
Do we respond to female superhero teams in the same way that we respond to superhero teams composed primarily or entirely of men?”
Time will tell on this new venture, but I sure as heck hope it does good things. We’ve seen the emergence of a group of female heroes that people are really responding to. Black Widow, Agent Carter and soon, Wonder Women have all been on the big screen and elsewhere. Women are making up a bigger and bigger portion of comic book readership so it makes sense to start creating comics that appeal to them along with hopefully appealing to the men as well.
Either way, I know I’ll be checking it out when it hits stores in May!
What about YOU? What do you think of the A-Force? Sound off in the comments!