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|
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|
"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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