FEARLESS DEFENDERS #10
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Will Sliney
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 9, 2013
Cullen Bunn has an obvious handle and high comfort level with these characters, and this comic is all about the characters. This issue is all about introducing a new character to the mix, a confused woman thrown immediately into a tug-of-war for her soul, in a sense. The examination of this new character and her internal monologue is excellent, culminating in a very interesting reveal of her newly found powers. Bunn keeps the issue light with humour and some strong banter between Caroline Le Fay & the Fearless Defenders, and Le Fay and the forces of the Thanos. In a similar vein to Thunderbolts, Bunn brings Infinity into the world and tone of this book, which is appreciated. Rather than becoming a dark title, the spirit remains and the events of Infinity enhance Fearless Defenders, rather than bowl them over. Bunn’s strength in this series, and this particular issue, is the interactions between characters and his skill is on full display in this comic. These characters, including the new character Ren, are a lot of fun on the page and the issue succeeds on what Bunn has built this team to be.
Sliney’s art is strong throughout the issue. Each character, both on the team and against the team, has a very distinctive look and it makes it easy to distinguish who is who and what is going on. Sliney’s work on this title from the beginning has led to a familiarity when seeing these characters drawn by his hand, and he is obviously more comfortable with them as he continues to work on Fearless Defenders. The colour work by Veronica Gandini is extremely strong in this comic, really evoking a sense of fun and providing a lot of punch to the visuals. The are leaps off the page with her colours and she does an excellent job working with Sliney’s style.
Fearless Defenders #10 is a strong comic and an interesting introduction to a new team member. Bunn & Sliney do a solid job of integrating the events of Infinity into their series but still maintain the spirit of Fearless Defenders. I wouldn’t say this is a critical read for Infinity-only readers, as the impact on the primary book is next to none, but it is an entertaining read nonetheless.