As it’s International Women’s Day I wanted to put a list together of some amazing stories showing how great it is to be a woman!
10. Pretty Deadly
Pretty Deadly is a creator-owned series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos from Image Comics.
The story is set in the American Wild West unlike a lot of stories in this era the majority of the main characters are women. Some very cool women. Kelly Sue DeConnick has worked on alot of female led books including Captain Marvel and Bitch Planet. What makes Pretty Deadly standout to me is the kick ass characters and the beautiful setting.
9. Squirrel Girl
Squirrel Girl is a series written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson from Marvel Comics.
Doreen Green is getting a fresh start at college sharing a room with her new best friend Nancy while kicking Butts and eating nuts. This is an excellent fun read with an intelligent, funny woman taking down Marvels top Villains in her own way. Ryan North has done a great job producing one of the most fun books I’ve read in years and the art from Erica Henderson makes Doreen approachable and not overly sexualised which can be the norm from Marvel comics in recent history.
8. Wonder Woman: The Circle
This is a tale of motherhood which is a story only a woman could tell and gives a lot of depth to the Amazonian’s culture and beliefs. Diana being the only child on Paradise Island (until Donna Troy) is such an important part of her history which so few writers tackle but Simone tells this story beautifully with the help of Terry Dodson whose art complements the storytelling so well. This arc is hard to get hold of but it’s worth the effort.
7. Rat Queens
Rat Queens is a fantasy adventure comic book series written by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Roc Upchurch (vol 1), Stjepan Šejić (vol 2), Tess Fowler (vol 3) and Owen Gieni (2017) published by Image Comics.
The Rat Queens are a party of adventurers in a medieval fantasy setting who love to swear, fight and eat candy. The group is made up of elf mage hannah, dwarf fighter Violet, human cleric Dee and halfing rogue Betty. If you are a D&D fan or a fan of high fantasy with kick ass women then this is the book for you. With the new series kicking off this year it’s a great time to join the party.
Lumberjanes is created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson, published by Boom! Studios.
The story is all about freindship between a group of girls named Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo spending summer at a scout camp. Add into the mix some supernatural events and strange creatures and the result leads to a lot of fun in this light hearted read. A great coming of age story with moving moments of how friends can be the most important thing and a recommendation for any age group.
Written by Jody Houser with art from Francis Portela and Magurite Savage and published by Valiant Comics.
The story follows Faith Herbert, a psiot with the gifts of telekinesis and flight, going out on her own to become the hero that she was always meant to be. One of the great things about the book is Faith’s look, she is an overweight woman but you won’t see a “fat” joke in sight. In a world where body image is an ever current challenge it’s good to see a woman as confident as Faith. She is also funny, intelligent and a giant nerd – all things that make her incredibly likeable and an incredible character which everyone should get to know.
Nimona is a fantasy graphic novel written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson. It combines a love of high fantasy with aspects from science fiction, which is a fun blend of ideas. Nimona is a young shapeshifter, and where other girls want to grow up and be the hero she wants to be the villain. So she volunteers to be the sidekick of supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart. This story is fun, moving and comepletely enthralling when you start this book you won’t want to put it down. Nimona is a great character but Lord Blackheart and his nemesis Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin just add so much to the story. Its a great read for all ages and is one complete story which is nice if you were thinking of a present for someone.
3. Batwoman: Elegy
Written by Greg Rucka and art from J.H. Williams III and published by DC Comics.
Back in 2009 Batman “died” and the detective comics run had a gap and they needed a hero to fill it, enter Batwoman. JH. WIlliams gives Batwoman a practical outfit and reasonable body propertions which is a great start. Rucka writes Kate as a very fleshed out character who has been saved by men in the past, but this doesn’t make her seem weak or dependant. It’s just part of who she is and now she wants to save other people. Also she’s a lesbian, but that again is just part of who she is not what defines her. This is a fantastic read and a great representation of diversity in comics and using diversity to help tell a story and not be the entirity of the story.
In 2016 Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk teamed up to release a standalone series for Mockingbird published by Marvel after the success of the characters in the Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show.
Bobbi Morse is Mockingbird, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most versatile, most in-demand agent. I can’t stress this enough – she is an amazing character, funny, kick ass , intelligent and completely not afraid of saying what needs to be said no matter how awkward it may make people feel. This is one of the most aware books I’ve ever read and has made me question things in my own life. When a book makes you do that you know its doing a good job. However its still fun and good story telling while trying to get important messages across. Mockingbird is one of the most positive female superheroes to date and it being cancelled at issue 8 has just made me more dissapointed so get the first volume while you can as it’s amazing.
1. Sex Criminals
Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction with Art by Chip Zdarsky and published by Image comics has had 3 volumes so far and after having a short break is back this year.
We’ve all heard the expression that something was so good it “stopped time” well for Suzie and Jon when they meeet at a party and things progress to the bedroom time stops literally after simultaneous orgasms.
The great thing about this series is the pro-feminist take on sex and relationships. One of the best stories about a young girl becoming aware of her own body has been written by two men, which is great as more books should tackle these issues. This book defines what it means to be a woman and how great it is. It all just feels so real, the arguments Suzie and Jon are the same that I have with my boyfriend and reading something that connects to you so well is just so rare. But it’s also funny, incredibly funny and that’s what makes it great as life at the end of the day is special, awkward and funny.
Who is your favourite woman in comics or moment which show how kick ass women are?