The previous Marvel NOW! "Fearless" teaser is revealed to be the Fearless Defenders from the creative team of Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney.
The new all female-centric book will feature Valkyrie and Misty Knight, launching February 2013, as they recruit female heroes to protect the Marvel U.
"Fearless Defenders will be the story of Valkyrie trying to make amends for her mistakes—mistakes that put the entire world in jeopardy—by choosing a group of heroic women to fight by her side. Circumstance will provide her with an unlikely partner in this task, as she is joined by private investigator Misty Knight," Bunn tells Marvel.com.
The new book will feature a rotating cast as well with a few surprises in store for readers.
"Fearless Defenders will chronicle the adventures of the female heroes of the Marvel Universe. There will be a central team of characters that will form over time, but the cast will rotate to some degree from arc to arc. This will be a team like none other in Marvel NOW. I think readers will have a good time speculating on who will be joining this version of the Defenders. The team up of Valkyrie and Misty Knight is probably unexpected for most people, and that’s just one of the surprises I have in store. This will be an offbeat team, and they’ll be facing some bewildering threats," Bunn said.
The series will also start off with a brand new villain, one who poses a most dangerous threat for this team of Defenders.
"Right from the start, I’m introducing a new villain to plague this incarnation of the Defenders," Bunn added. "She’s one of the cruelest, meanest characters to surface in the Marvel Universe. She’ll be a very dangerous challenge for the Defenders, not to mention anyone else who gets in her way. She’s a scary villain—and she doesn’t have any super powers."