Fear Itself: The Fearless #8
Fear Itself was one of the biggest and most widespread events in recent comic history. Spanning almost two hundred issues, it included just about every team, title and character in the Marvel Universe at some point in 2011 and 2012. It had at its core a 7 issue maxi-series, plus crossovers into just about every major title, tons of spinoff mini-series (including the fourth volume of Alpha Flight!), prequels, epilogues and ancillary material including an official handbook, a poster book, a spotlight issue and eight webcomics that were later collected in print. Alpha Flight did very well in this event even though no members appeared directly in the core 7 issues.
Fear Itself: The Fearless was a biweekly 12-issue mini-series that followed the main series as an epilogue, featuring Valkyrie and Sin racing to collect the powerful Asgardian hammers of The Worthy. Valkyrie’s motivation was to collect the hammers for safekeeping; to secure them from being used again as weapons of mass destruction, while Sin’s motivation was less altruistic. With the assistance of the mercenary Crossbones and the D.O.A. (Department of Occult Armaments), Sin hoped to use the hammers to raise the Final Sleeper, a gigantic mecha/organic death machine, in an evil scheme to burn the entire earth. Based out of a facility in Charleston, South Carolina, the D.O.A. grew in ranks suddenly right before a visit from Daimon Hellstrom, son of Satan. The “new recruits” of the D.O.A. are revealed to him, shown in a full-page splash panel including a couple of dozen diabolical baddies – basically anyone from the Marvel Universe with a snake, bat, devil or fiend for a father, mother, aunt or uncle. Right in the middle is Witchfire, shown prominently with glowing blue fire hands.
The demon fire casts a too-strong blue effect over her skin and most of her costume, but oddly not her cloak. It must be a magic blue-resistant cloak, or just a bit of a coloring error. The last time we saw Witchfire before this, she had been captured by Magik, hauled away and made to suffer, but apparently not killed. Well, there’s nothing like incarceration and torture in a demonic realm to make someone want to be part of an evil scheme to burn the entire earth using a gigantic mecha/organic death machine, I suppose.