It's not a big secret that, for all the crap DC gets about having enough of a female presence in the wake of the losses of fan-favorite characters like Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain, they still tend to outshine Marvel as far as marquee female characters. Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batgirl, Batwoman, Birds of Prey and more – they've got a good chunk of lady-led titles. Marvel, however, has the new Captain Marvel, and it's like a huge novel thing for them. They'll be getting Red She-Hulk soon, too, but that's pretty much it so far – kind of crazy that O.G. She-Hulk doesn't have a book, not to mention movie star Black Widow.
News surfaced today about a Liberators book pitched to Marvel by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Mike Perkins that would have made an all-female superhero team along the lines of Birds of Prey out of Black Widow, Elektra, Mystique and X-23, with apparent support from X-Doctor Cecilia Reyes. It never got off the ground because Marvel shrugged it off as a non-starter that wouldn't sell.
Take a look at Perkins' test art and see if you agree with that.
Would you buy this book? I know I'd certainly check it out, if only to see how Mystique functions on a team like this. Do you think Marvel should take more chances on female-led books like this? As it stands, Elektra's going to be on the new Thunderbolts with a bunch of dudes, X-23 will be shoved into the Avengers Arena with every other teen character forced to Hunger Games each other, Mystique's floating around the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and shagging Sabertooth a lot, and Black Widow's currently being unmade in the pages of Winter Soldier, and who knows how that will turn out in Ed Brubaker's swan song. Not too badly, one supposes, since she'll be teaming up with Rogue in A+X #3 this December.
And, for the record, O.G. She-Hulk will be in the new FF. Which lady characters should Marvel give a chance? Who's your favorite? Can a lady-team work in the Marvel U?