Marvel teased a new character with this image a few days back, which even a dummy like me could see was something Nova/Quasar-esque. Well it turns out it’s a NEW QUASAR, namely S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Avril Kinkaid, a new character created by Nick Spencer and artist Angel Unzueta. Kinkaid is introduced in the Avengers: Standoff event that’s currently running, and gets her Quasar powers from Wendell Vaughn, the original Quasar and immediately becomes a force in the battle for Pleasant Hill. Spencer told Marvel.com that Kinkaid has quite an interesting back story (don’t they all) that he’s looking to explore, and she’ll have a big part in some upcoming Marvel stories.
The original Quasar was created back in the 70s, when there were still plenty of good words to use to name superheroes. Vaughan and Kinkaid get their powers from the Quantum Bands that are permanently fused to the Quasar’s wrists. While the bands’ origin isn’t known, it’s all tied up in Kree/cosmic Marvel stuff, so maybe the new Quasar can be a friend for Captain Marvel when they get around to making that movie?
I’m happy to see Marvel introduce another major female character, but what is UP with that costume? Those “crossed loincloths” look very precarious and poorly designed. Not sure those will fly!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.