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Heralds: Woman Power

Kathryn Immonen brings Marvel's most important female heroes together to combat a cosmic threat in HERALDS

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By TJ Dietsch

Heroes come together in all kinds of ways. The Fantastic Four wanted to see space, the Avengers assembled thanks to a Loki-altered Teen Brigade radio message and the women in the upcoming weekly five-issue limited series HERALDS must team to address to a cosmic threat circumstances and fate drop in their collective lap.

Emma Frost, She-Hulk, Hellcat, Valkyrie, Monica Rambeau and Abigail Brand will be teaming up to take on a long-lost herald of Galactus who's returning to Earth and looking for revenge on the people she thinks abandoned her.

"When [editor] Jeanine [Schaefer] and I first started talking about this project, we started throwing out names of female characters that we were either interested in taking a look at, or who fit certain parameters in terms of the story we were discussing," explains Immonen. "For me, Hellcat was always top of the list. Beyond that though, it ranged from the obscure to the obvious. And what we ended up with is a group that, on balance, is not

Sketch art by Tonci Zonjic
well-acquainted. One of my all time favorite relationships is Hellcat and Valkyrie, but it's a Valkyrie that doesn't exist any more.  That can't be easy for either of them. In the end, I think we succeeded in coming up with a group that is well-balanced in terms of their personalities and powers, [which] embraces the slightly goofy and the completely glorious, and is built to defeat both expectations and violent attackers."

But HERALDS doesn't solely revolve around heroes doing battle with Power Cosmic-imbued revenge-seekers, there's also a human aspect to the story which Immonen enjoyed equally.

"[There is] a roadside diner waitress who's going to have to learn to fight above her weight whether she wants to or not and right now it's a resounding not," she says. "She's quickly become a favorite of mine. I think, at the heart of this series, are issues involving how we change over time-by choice or by chance-and what that does to the people who love us.  And how the move into and out of the super-powered life is characterized as much by what you lose as what you gain."

HERALDS black and whit preview art by Tonci Zonjic
With such a variety of subject matter from the everyday to the cosmic, Immonen needed an artist who could handle such diverse subject matter. Tonci Zonjic fulfills and exceeds all the requirements.

"I'm a huge fan of his," Immonen expresses. "I really liked his work on MARVEL DIVAS and was all over it when Jeanine said he was on board. The conversation he and I are having is all on the page and the result is gorgeous and lively. I guess it's working out!"

 

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      9 comments
      bds197485
      bds197485

      [quote:a331712882="Dr. G"]:storm: I think the best girl term would have Psylocke, Emma Frost, Songbird, Storm, She-Hulk, Spider-woman, Scarlet Witch, and Rogue. they can mostly do anything.[/quote] You got it right. This definately would be a good all woman super team. Keep thinking it. I like the idea of the x-ladies being on the team, especially psyloche. She'd make a good team leader.

      Dr._G
      Dr._G

      :storm: I think the best girl term would have Psylocke, Emma Frost, Songbird, Storm, She-Hulk, Spider-woman, Scarlet Witch, and Rogue. they can mostly do anything.

      Dr._G
      Dr._G

      :norinradd: I would love to see Scarlet Witch make a return for this occasion. Her magic, Emma's telepathy, and Val's (and She-Hulk's) power would make a nice balance. Plus, she brings a cosmic dimension to the team that some of the others lack.

      BlackSamurai
      BlackSamurai

      [quote@bds197485 Give the team some brunt force. Put She Hulk or Banner's daughter on the team too.[/quote] They've got Valkyrie for that, and I think the cover artwork also has Jen Walters somewhere up in the mix. You may have missed that.Yeah, I think they were referring to Nova (Frankie Raye), but I am a big supporter of an Asgard-energy-fueled, Valkyrie-like, Wasp (Janet) making a comeback someday (but at the hands of Thor in an Avengers comic) - and on a side note, how about a frost-giant Bill Foster just to take away the monotony of every giant except Atlas being a pym particle dependent, Marvel?Don't know if Frankie Raye will be back to stay though. I suspect the inclusion of the diner girl ups the chances that she'll be imbued with Frankie's Power-Cosmic (and/or spirit/essence) when all is said and done to be a new Nova (hopefully they take the opportunity to rename her and clear up the two Nova designations out there). It would be cool to get back the authentic first female herald of Galactus though.As for your question about the Valkyrie being different, it is because the human host (Pendleton) had some identity/memory issues back in the day. I don't think she is a hosted being anymore, so this Valkyrie isn't the human portion Hellcat bonded with when they served together on the Defenders.

      Perplexor
      Perplexor

      So is Nova (Frankie Raye) coming back and angry at everyone? I wanna see how they bring her back. Maybe its Wasp? PLEEEEASE BE WASP!! Why isn't Valkyrie the Val we know? Because of the rebirth of Asgard? But she was the same Val in HULK. I dont get it. But yay for Hellcat!! I wanna see how Emma is going to end up interacting with these no-nonsense women. She better not be all "Yay! Girl Power!" I want the sassy, bizzny Emma back.

      bds197485
      bds197485

      Maybe put Spiderwoman on the team also.

      rialb
      rialb

      Weekly? I sure hope Marvel price this at $2.99 not $3.99. A series like this is going to be a much tougher sell at the higher price point.

      heroscott
      heroscott

      In branding these women together in an event like this I do miss some faces. I would like to see Lionheart, Sue Storm, and The Scarlet Witch. I think the Herald returning is Frankie Raye aka Nova......

      BlackSamurai
      BlackSamurai

      Looks like I saw right, it's the Marvel Divas artist. Wonder if we can get some aspect of this team carrying on after this weekly 5 parter, and I wonder if we can have that be a book that will be about some top notch adventuring along with/instead-of-just whatever they seem to overcompensate for because it is a female based assortment of heroes.