Like I’ve said before, Dani Moonstar is one of my favorite Marvel characters and oh man was I excited to get to cosplay her at Dragon*Con this year! When I was doing my research into her Valkyrie looks, I noticed that she rarely wore the same version of the costume more than a few times. This was good because a) it gave me more artistic freedom with the different elements and b) it meant there was an easy way to cope with different climates. I could wear the leotard version for hot-as-heck summer cons or the full bodysuit version on colder days.
This worked out pretty well about a month ago when I went with some friends to local park to do some photoshoots. When my original costume plan fell through a few days before, this seemed like a great option. We all had a great time despite getting some weird looks from other park-goers and I had a ton of fun working with Jeremy.
Dani Moonstar (Valkyrie Variant): Bria
Photography by Jeremy Zeigler
(And yes, if anyone was wondering, my hair/braids are significantly shorter than they were in the previous pictures. My much needed hair cut was poorly timed.)
Convincing yourself to take the plunge and make a costume you’ve thought about for ages can be challenge in itself. I’ve adored Dani Moonstar for years. There’s something about her that I just really admire and respect especially once she loses her mutant powers but keeps on fighting. (Ask me sometime for my essay on why I adore the normal person amongst a superpowered team.)
When I was tapped to be Dani for the Giant X-men Group at Dragon Con, it was an easy decision to say yes and to immediately swear off cutting my hair until September so it’d be appropriately long enough. Sometime in July, I started taking a good hard look at my costume line up and found it… lacking. It needed another comic something and so I turned to my folder of future cosplay wants. Once again, the crazy armored Valkyrie version of Dani called to me but I knew that just wasn’t feasible. Right beside it though were variations on her Valkyrie look from her early headwing days and fan art which made me start looking at what I had…. and decide to go for it.
A couple of things were a first for me with this costume like figuring out the shoulder armor rig and especially the head piece which some how materialized in the last few days after my original plan for the wings fell through. (I’m glad it did though because I adore how this looks.) The best part about this costume is that it’s been drawn with so many variations that I had a ton of artistic freedom and even have a warm weather and cold weather version for it! (More on the cold version in a few weeks…)
Valkyrie Dani Moonstar: Bria
Photography by Carlos Adama Photography
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how wonderful it was to work with Carlos to take these pictures. He is amazing to work with and was incredibly patient with me even when I was having issues with the belt and couldn’t manage to keep my eyes open for shots because of ridiculously bright it was. Basically, if you ever get a chance to work with him, DO IT>
Fierce? Let’s talk fearless. In honour of Fearless Defenders being launched this week, we get our style inspo from the leading ladies: Misty Knight, Valkyrie, and Dani Moonstar. So armour up with metal accents, add a pop of red to your look, and fly that winged horse in style — there’s a world to save and you have all this asgardian kungfu just lying around.
We love leading ladies and we love valkyrior style — so check out Fearless Defenders at your local, or find it online at comixology! You can also check out our inspo outfits for Dani Moonstar and Misty Knight here, as part of our Marvel NOW! series.
A certain group of comic book fans have been holding their breath in hope and anticipation since the end of Fear Itself: The Fearless several months ago. Valkyrie was instructed to reform the Valkyrior but with the caveat that she must recruit proven heroes from Midgard. This seemed like the perfect opening for a team filled with kick ass ladies, but nothing ever came of it. Until now. Our prayers were answered! It’s finally happening.
The latest installment for Marvel NOW! in February will be “Fearless Defenders”: a book by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Will Sliney that will feature an all-female team. Pause while both the classy ladies who run this book shriek with glee and run around and jump around screaming like excited five-year-olds. (No seriously: we couldn’t be happier about this book.)
In an interview with Newsarama, Cullen Bunn, one of the writers of the aforementioned The Fearless, revealed some of what readers can expect from this new book. The first piece of news was that the team would include both of the lovely ladies on the cover image, Valkyrie and Misty Knight, and Dani Moonstar. Let’s just start with how positively THRILLING that combination of leading ladies is, especially since New Mutants just wrapped up. Bunn also went on to say that he will build up the team gradually and not just toss them all together for the sake of putting the team together quickly. He didn’t mention any other future members but, well, let me let him tell you in his own words.
I’m not a writer who’s going to sit back and say, “I want to write a good all-female team,” I just want to write a good team, and approach them as real people, and build some personality into some of these characters, and try to develop a fanbase for a lot of these characters who, in some cases, people may not have been exposed to at all yet.
I think there are a lot of great female characters in the Marvel Universe who have not been given the chance they need, because maybe they can’t support a book all on their own, or maybe they’ve been on a team and they’ve been kind of lost in the shuffle for, in some cases, many, many, many years. This is my opportunity to put them all together, and to give them the spotlight.
If those two paragraphs don’t thrill you and reassure you, then I don’t know what else possibly could. Not only is Marvel listening to its readers and responding with another female led book, but it’s also clearly putting it in the hands of someone capable who is also listening and who’s not going to turn it into something ridiculous like that Marvel Divas book from a few years ago.
On top of that, it will be featuring female characters who don’t usually get put front and center. Marvel certainly isn’t lacking for wonderful female characters, but not all of them are nearly as well known as, say, the Black Widow, Rogue, Storm, or Carol Danvers. Characters who might be C or D List are just as valuable and just as wonderful stories can be told about them as can be told about A List characters. It’s all about how the writer chooses to handle them.
Speculation has already begun about who some of these other ladies joining the team might be. Here at WHR, we’re rooting for some of the other former New Mutants (such as Magma), and Misty’s partner-in-crime Colleen Wing to be tapped for the team. Lin has her fingers crossed for Songbird, and I’m still too excited about Dani returning to her Valkyrie roots to even think up any other possible names.
Bunn recognizes that readers have been asking for a stronger female presence and for new stories. To me, this is an incredibly reassuring thing to hear. I feel like he understands what sort of book we’re looking for and he’s going to do his gosh darn best to deliver it.
In closing, let me strongly urge all of you to pre-order this comic from your local comic book store. This has the potential to be fabulous beyond belief and we, as loyal fans, need to show our support starting now and pre-orders are the way to do it. Until then? I’ll be counting down the days til February.