Creators Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney have announced that Fearless Defenders has been cancelled as of issue 12.
The series, which launched with an all-female team made up of characters including Valkyrie, Dani Moonstar, Clea and Misty Knight, saw a slow decline in sales over the course of the last year, despite guest artists including Stephanie Hans and Phil Jimenez coming onboard for standalone issues. Although people may say this proves that the book shouldn’t have had an all-female cast – 12 issues is the same length that Matt Fraction and Terry Dodson/Jamie McKelvie’s Defenders book ran.
It seems likely that Defenders simply isn’t a name brand for readers anymore. At any rate, here’s a photo of Bunn and Sliney doing their best Misty Knight and Valkyrie impression. We’ll be returning for some more character profiles here on The Beat before the book ends, because they’re some of my favourite things.