Over at the Beat, Steve Morris talks to Cullen Bunn about pitching the upcoming Fearless Defenders to Marvel, and the development process that ensued:
My initial proposal was only one page. I knew, though, that I wanted a good part of the book to be about how Valkyrie would choose the members of the team. That was the note that I really wanted to stick to. I think that building the team relatively slowly gives every character a chance to find a place and voice in the group and in the book as a whole. Beyond that, the proposal definitely had room for editorial input. The collaborative nature of comic books is something that I enjoy, and I love seeing where new ideas can take a book. Sometimes, some of the suggestions I’ve been given have really challenged me, but I think it takes the series in some unexpected directions… The biggest development is something that occurred because of the timing of the book. Because it took a while for the series to be approved, I decided that Valkyrie was procrastinating when it came to the task of choosing allies. She simply didn’t see anyone worthy of becoming a Shield Maiden. This, I think, paints Valkyrie in a much more interesting light, and I love the idea of exploring her definitions (right and wrong) of heroism.
Bunn is a really interesting writer (Those who haven’t tried his Sixth Gun series from Oni with Brian Hurtt, you should fix that immediately), and Fearless Defenders is a book with a lot of potential; it’s nice to get a look inside its origins.