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Comic Book Six Degrees: Valkyrie to Valkyrie

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance). Approval tends to be the key (except for public figures, of course).

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly). Last week was Bomb Queen to the Borg Queen. John King was one of a bunch of people who connected the two in four moves. Here is how John connected the two…

Bomb Queen and Shi were in War of the Independents #1
Shi and Wolverine were in Wolverine/Shi-Dark Night of Judgement
Wolverine and Jean-Luc Picard were in Star Trek Next Generation/X-Men: Second contact
Jean-Luc Picard and Borg Queen were in Star Trek the Next generation: Hive 4

John’s challenge is…

Valkyrie (the one who had her own Eclipse comic) to Valkyrie (the one who currently stars in Fearless Defenders)

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!


I get the feeling Gulacy’s gonna be the deciding factor here.

Huh, that’s exactly how I connected them, too. Were there other 4-move strategies that worked just as well, or did we all go the same route?

A lot of people used that same four-move connection.

You know, to me Valkyrie is the quintessential Defender. Old-school Defenders, New Defenders, Fearless Defenders… if Val’s there, it’s the Defenders. I know there have been versions without her, like Giffen/DeMatteis and Fraction, but to me her only serious competition for someone whose presence spells Defenders is Dr. Strange. And sure, there’s Nighthawk, but I said serious competition.

That said, by far my favorite Bendis Avengers moment (or which there aren’t many to begin with) is Nighthawk’s spiel asking why the hell they’re calling it the New Avengers when it’s clearly the Defenders.

Prefer the one on the left to the right. Face it the regular Valkyrie is being treated like a toy/action figure. Have you seen one of the most recent covers of Fearless Defenders?

I’m a fan of Dixon and Gulacy but I haven’t heard of this series. Any good? Also, out of curiuosity, does any version of Marvel Valkyrie count (Enchantress, Babrara Norris, Samantha something) or just the one in Secret Avengers?

I’m with you Buttler. If I saw a picture of Valkyrie with any group of heroes (no matter who the others were) I would assume it was a new group of Defenders.

the left cover was one of my suggestions (I’m a Gulacy fan).
Eclipse revived Valkyrie as part of their Airboy (son of the 1940s airboy) series – (good bit of Chuck Dixon).
(the fact that it was the original Valkyrie and the son of Airboy made their relationship awkward at times)
among the many spin-offs were 2 valkyrie mini-series – I certainly consider the first to be good (but then again, I am going from memory and am a fan of Dixon and Gulacy)…I don’t remember the second miniseries(different artist)

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