It’s about time that one of the world’s most recognized female super heroes got her own solo series. And “Storm” brings our count of monthly series featuring female leads up to seven. All of these books – “She-Hulk,” “Elektra,” “Black Widow,” “Ms. Marvel,” “Captain Marvel” and “X-Men” – have very different vibes, and feature characters motivated by very, very different things. “Storm” will continue that trend.

Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor-in-Chief

Freya: Ages agone, you were cast from the ranks of the Valkyrior. ANd before that, the shieldmaidens were forbidden to enter Midgard. And yet… my sisters— Gaea and Idunn— agree it is time for the Valkyrior to ride once more… and this time with a calling greater than simply ferrying the fallen to Valhalla. Eight women… selected as symbols as valor and honor and reward for those who adhere to their standard. Eight heroes… vigilant in their post against evil… fearless in the execution of their duties. But this time, they will not be chosen from the realm of Asgard. As our kingdom is now upon Midgard, so too shall our shieldmaidens be chosen from among the heroes of Midgard. Chosen— and commanded— by you.
Idunn: And don’t squander my apples this time.

The conclusion of Fearless also set things up for a new Lady Liberators, this go-round inspired by the mythological Valkyrior. To quote Cullen Bunn:

Those last couple of pages were what I was most excited about. And, yeah, while there were some specific characters shown as possibilities, it was never my intention that they would be the ONLY possibilities for a line-up. …I’d love to write something like that. It’s something that’s been in my head for a while and there’s definitely a longer story I’d like to tell. But if it’s something that readers want to see, they need to let Marvel know. I’m sure something will be done with the idea. How and where, though… I dunno.

I’m pretty lukewarm on the Lady Liberators as a concept, but this is a nice update that would give a clear direction for an all-female team, and tie into the current status quo of the MU.

From Fear Itself: The Fearless #12, by Cullen Bunn w/ Matt Fraction & Chris Yost and Paul Pelletier & Mark Bagley.

Marvel just announced a tie-in to their yearly event— this one’s called Versus.

The editors described “AvX: Versus” as the “anti-‘Front Line.’” “We just wanted more fights,” said Lowe.

The first issue will contain a Magneto vs Iron Man fight by Adam Kubert and Jason Aaron, and a Namor vs Thing fight by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen. Since Natasha’s on this cover, it seems mildly likely she’ll show up at some point, but I don’t think they’ll ever be able to top her showing in Contest of Champions II, where she single-handedly took out both Wonder Man and all of X-force. Thanks, Chris Claremont!