Declaring their problems with diversity over, Marvel Comics unveiled a new female superhero, The Red Widow, on popular feminist watchdog site The Mary Sue today. Debuting in Mockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 ($4.99 CHEAP!), not much is known about the Red Widow except that she is female and proves once and for all that Marvel's commitment should never be questioned!
"I hope this settles things," said Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. "All of this complaining about Marvel's lack of diverse creative staff and our flippant response to criticism about our Hip Hop variant covers and Totally Straight "Dude's Dude" Hercules has really been harshing the vibe of my weekly fluff interview on Comic Book Resources."
Alonso said that he was glad Marvel could finally put all of those troubles behind him and resume hyping up the not-a-reboot reboot of All-New All-Different Marvel NOW! and slowly increasing the price point of Marvel's monthly comic books. "I look Marvel resuming its position as internet darling in the realm of diversity," he added, "and watching our competitors at DC resume their role as colossal fuck-ups."
To illustrate his point, Alonso noted that Wonder Woman's costume has a gigantic V "right on her vagina" and loudly wondered whether or not Lobo's rape would be dealt with in a mature and responsible manner.
Asked whether the Red Widow or any of its female heroes will star in a high profile ongoing book, be featured as an important player in a universe-altering super-mega-crossover event, or appear on the DVD cover of any feature films the company makes in the future, Alonso pointed behind us, shouted "IT'S STAN LEE RIDING A UNICORN!" and darted out of the room when we turned to look.
Here's the solicit and an images of Red Widow:
MOCKINGBIRD: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50TH ANNIVERSARY #1
CHELSEA CAIN (W) • JOELLE JONES (A)
Cover by PAUL RENAUD
Variant Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD
ACTION FIGURE VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
• Mockingbird has always been one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s best agents, but what happens when someone close to her is murdered?
• Forced to take matters into her own hands, someone is bound to pay!
• New York Times Bestselling Author Chelsea Cain joins the Marvel Universe to tell a story of bloody revenge!
• Plus! A special bonus story by superstar young adult author, Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), writer for the upcoming YA novel, Black Widow: Forever Red!
Additionally, Margaret Stohl said the following about the character:
The Red Widow is a powerful new female superhero for the Marvel universe. In many ways, she's the opposite of the Black Widow—she actually chooses to become the Red Widow—but both Widows share a mysterious bond and a history, and will change the course of each other's lives, moving forward. And of course, this is just the beginning for this enigmatic and deadly new character. Red Widow's story first emerges within the pages ofMockingbird: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1, and will then be featured in my upcoming (prose) novel, Black Widow: Forever Red. I couldn't be prouder of both Widows—and of Marvel Comics, for being so supportive of the two of them.