The ladies are taking the lead in one of Marvel Comics’ top comic book properties, with an all-female Avengers team called “A-Force” debuting as the company intensifies efforts to bring more girls and women into its male-dominated fan base.
Not only will the book feature some of Marvel’s well-known female heroes, it will be written by two of Marvel’s female comic book writers, Marguerite K. Bennett and Willow Wilson.
Wilson, a Seattle comic book writer who helped break ground in 2013 with her “Ms. Marvel,” the story of a Muslim female superhero, said women were rarely the focus of comic book superhero teams, usually as a girlfriend or damsel in distress.
This book will challenge that script, Wilson said.
“I think that we’re kind of asking some implicit questions with this lineup and one of them is: Do we respond to female superhero teams in the same way that we respond to superhero teams composed primarily or entirely of men?” Wilson said.
When it debuts in May, it will join Marvel’s 14 other female-led books, like Ms. Marvel and “Captain Marvel,” which is scheduled to become a Marvel movie. DC Comics also has several female leads, including Batgirl, Catwoman, Batwoman and Wonder Woman, the longest-running comic book with a female hero.