Fearless has been a great new miniseries from Marvel, taking an anthology style and pairing female-only creators together to tell female-centric stories. The first two issues have been good, centering on an A-plot by Seanan McGuire and Claire Roe. This week Jubilee and Wolverine go on an adventure, Hellcat has a copycat, and McGuire continues the camp story featuring Invisible Woman, Ms. Marvel, Storm, and Captain Marvel.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
In this third issue, Zoë Quinn, Marika Cresta, Alyssa Wong, and Alti Firmansyah join forces to tell three distinct stories, all of which are lettered excellently by Cardinal Rae. There are also three interesting spotlights on creators who contributed to this book.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. McGuire and Roe’s opening story progresses nicely with a lot of action and some new developments. The biggest win in this story is the leadership from the team. Captain Marvel, Storm, and Invisible Woman all show tact and grace in battle and with the fallout. Ms. Roe offers quite a few dramatic angles and keeps the action feeling fresh. Marvel plays a part in the opening and closing segments, bookending the story well.
Following this is Quinn and Cresta’s Hellcat story which is delightful. If you like puns, you have come to the right place. More than once I reread dialogue because it read so well. It’s sharp as a tack. The character dynamics in play are great too, from Jessica Jones to an ex-husband that makes an appearance. There’s also a great message about finding yourself and discovering your identity that I think a lot of readers will connect to. The art by Cresta is strong, with good layout choices keeping the action and exposition moving. Colored by Irma Kniivila, the texture and tone is spot on for a city-focused story.
The last story by Wong and Firmansyah is a strong one as well. Jubilee is open about being a mutant and Logan is not too pleased with it. The concept ties well into social media and there’s a good message here about being yourself. I love the cartoony nature of Firmansyah’s art. It feels very close to the X-Men animated series in the best of ways.
Rachelle Rosenberg colors the opening and closing stories and does well to capture the spirit of each artist. One is darker in tone while the other is a bit lighter, and the colors match up well. Rae’s letters are great too which I especially liked in the Hellcat story. The use of bold and bouncy font helps convey a sense of fun between Jessica Jones and Hellcat.
To top it all off, the spotlights are great with good questions and great answers.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
This is pretty close to as good as it gets for an anthology book.
Is it good?
Inspiring, delightful, fun, and endearing, Fearless is enjoyable in the best of ways. It’s hard to put this down and not feel satisfied.
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