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Product Details

  • Series: Fearless Defenders (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168485
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World's Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he'll tell you all about it.

Visit his website at www.cullenbunn.com.

Customer Reviews

Really a shame it got cancelled.
Gardengrrl
The established characters have no relation to their established characterizations.
Blaine M. Savini
It interjects itself nicely with humorous captions and the art is great.
Dylan Luciano

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason on September 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I honestly can't say enough great things about this series! Cullen Bunn (Venom, Sixth Gun) continues the story of Valkyrie from Fear Itself: The Fearless as she needs to choose a new Valkyrior from Marvel's stable of heroines. Much like The Fearless, Cullen continues to weave a love letter to the Marvel Universe. Being a Marvel Zombie for 17 years now I love getting to read about these underused and underappreicated characters. This book needs more fans and I hope you'll give it a chance. Its very new reader friendly with incredible art and great writing to boot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2014
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I like Valkyrie, and I love the idea of an all-female team of heroes. However, I have never been satisfied with how her character has been written. I had hoped Fearless Defenders would give the character new life; and it almost does.

First off, Val’s always felt like a second run character. She’s extremely powerful, but she doesn’t face any of the powerful foes of the Marvel Universe. In this series, Valkyrie leads a team of female heroines. Therefore, she has to have her own female villain who leads a team of female villains. I don’t mind pulling a villain from a hero’s past – it worked with Captain Marvel. But this isn’t a character from the past. In fact, this first adventure feels like a retread. Valkyrie has failed to fulfill her mission to replenish the Shieldmaidens from among the worthy on Midgard. So, the Doom Maidens have risen to fill the void. Who are the Doom maidens? They are Valkyries gone bad. No, not the Disir. This is a different group of Valkyries gone bad. *sigh* Honestly, they couldn’t come up with a more original story?

While I wasn’t thrilled with the story or characterizations, the series does have potential. At one point, Valkyrie arranges to have all the major female heroes show up to battle the Doom Maidens. It was damn impressive seeing Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Storm, She-Hulk, Hell Cat, and a dozen more engage in battle. Further, the initial team line-up has some strong figures on it including Hippolyta, Dani Moonstar, and the new-to-me Misty Knight of the bionic arm. They could be so great together!

Overall, this series is weak compared to other Marvel Now titles, but it’s got enough potential to keep me reading. Recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dylan Luciano on November 22, 2013
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I have to admit that I've been a fan of the Defenders since their first run. The book originally went from the concept of the strongest outsiders in the Marvel Universe (Namor, Dr. Strange, Hulk) to focus on a bunch of C and D list characters who couldn't support their own book (Valkyrie, Nighthawk, Red Guardian etc) who were a very ragtag team of individuals. The idea was tried (even just recently under Fraction) several times but the book never survived to stick with subsequent reboots.

I was instantly grabbed by the cover because it showed Valkyrie. A character who was from the original Defenders run and only recently started to get some focus in New Avengers and Fear Itself. Fearless Defenders can be described as worthy of The Defenders title. It's a very fun book that focuses on lesser known characters of the Marvel Universe but captures the chemistry they have. As soon as the book ended I was looking forward to seeing more of Misty Knight and Valkyrie's interactions.

It interjects itself nicely with humorous captions and the art is great. I was also a fan of the various covers for each issue collected. I did have to remind myself that Valkyrie isn't the same one from the original Defenders run when I found the change in her character off. I do want to praise the book for making me invested in the Asgardian adventure the book focuses on when I have never been a huge fan of Thor.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Boris on September 20, 2013
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When DC published "Birds of Prey" at the end of the 90s, they were the first of the big companies to bring out an all-female team book. Meanwhile the all-female, nevertheless adjectiveless "X-Men" are one of the biggest sellers at Marvel and a critical success too. But the first all-female Marvel team book preceded X-Men by some months. The first 6 issues are collected here. Not included is the 4.AU Age of Ultron tie-in.
The book gets its charm by bringing together female c- and d-list characters from different worlds. The two main protagonists are Valkyrie Brunnhilde and bionic-fist-for-hire Misty Knight. Because of some messing up of all parts involved the Doom Maidens are revived, the predecessors of the Valkyrie, eventually corrupted and finally defeated by Odin. Now Brunnhilde and Misty get the task to clean up and for this purpose reform new Valkyrior. Some of the suspense lies in the question which women will be recruited. And always the two worlds, Asgard and Misty's street level world collide ("Why are you speaking like that?"), in-between archeologist Annabelle Riggs who has a crush on Valkyrie. There is an interesting new villain, Caroline le Fay, and a nice story ending with a cliff hanger. Do not look for too much depths here, but a lot of fun. The art of newcomer Will Sliney is promising; I am on board for the next issues. I would give the book 3 and a half stars, but since 3 is already considered mediocre here I am going to round up.
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