Jul32012

Occasional FAQ ~ Gail’s Favorite Comic Book Heroines

 Ramping up for Comic Con I thought I’d keep with the theme.

I’m a self-confessed Marvel girl, Gentle Reader. Yes, I read some DC but it was always Marvel that I collected. I like the idea of being a mutant, of being special. I branched out to Dark Horse once or twice, but in the end I prefer to read about teams, superheros working together. Partly because, early on, this was my only chance to see more than one female superhero in action. I mean X-men had, like, three! (God forbid there actually ever be more females than males on a team. Or that the female be in charge of the team on a permanent basis, and not be a bad girl . . . but I digress.) In case you hadn’t guessed from my own writing, friendship is a theme that appeals to me.

I’ve never been one for the Hero’s Journey, one man struggling against the universe blah de blah. I find Batman totally lacking in appeal: rich man with dark past and too many toys all on on his own taking on the bad guys? Yawn fest. Add Robin into the mix and a little homoerotic tension and I perk up, but basically meh to the Batman, Spiderman, and Supermen of the world.

So who are some of my favorite female super heroes?


Firestar
I may be the only person in existence who actually collected New Warriors comics. But they were my team. I loved them so much. I knew when the next one was due to come out and I would haunt my local comic shop waiting for the shipment.

As the series progressed I became a particular fan of Speedball but it was Angelica Jones who drew me to pick up my very first comic ever. I adored her on the Spider Man and His Amazing Friends cartoon when I was a kid, so I hunted down the comic that featured Firestar as a main character. I loved that the New Warriors were all teens ~ that their concerns felt more personal to me as a result, and that their character arcs were all about learning to work together, building friendships, and relationships, very like my own journey through high school. (Only I couldn’t shoot microwave energy out my hands, sadly. Life would have been so much better if I could.)

Shadow Cat
Kitty Pryde had one of the coolest super powers, phasing through solid matter. She was part of the X-Men but I didn’t start reading her until she’d joined Excalibur. I adored her character and she came complete with pet mini-dragon.


Rogue
Why do we love Anna Marie so much? The ultimate Romeo and Juliet relationship with Gambit, of course. Gambit, only the hottest X-man ever. No, not Wolverine, Gambit.

French bad boy who can charge and throw deadly playing cards, ex-con and thief, develops a mad passion for the sweet southern belle whom he can never touch. Le sigh. Yeah, Rogue’s powers suck. But unrequited love with a hot snarky bad boy? Mmmm. Plus after sucking Ms Marvel, Rogue can fly.


White Queen
Leaving aside the abysmal portrayal of Emma Frost in recent movies, she’s a wonderful character. She wavers from being an all out bad girl, with her Hellions, to having some good moments, to eventually taking on teaching duties, building Generation X and even joining X-men. I liked that her strength was in her mind, that she was the leader of her group, and that she was a very strong woman. I also loved her costume. What can I say? I’m shallow like that.

Of course, who did I really want to be when I grew up? She Ra, Ceetara, or Xena. I’m not picky. So, what about you? Any comic readers out there? Who’s your favorite comic book heroine?

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  1. Matt Harrison said:

    Matching yours so far – couple of books that marvel have put out in recent years that I'd recommend would be Marvel Divas (awful title but a really great story – basically about the friendship of Firestar, Hellcat, Black Cat and the female Captain Marvel) and also Girl Comics – an anthology series of short stories focussing on marvel's female characters by a range of female creators (this one's fab)

    Other favourites:
    Storm
    Psylocke
    Meggan (from the ld Excalibur days)
    Jenny Sparks
    Emma Bishop (would highly recommend Mark Waid's run on Ruse)
    Halo Jones

  2. JuLee said:

    It's been a while since I read comics, but my faves when I did were Hellcat, Magick and Moondragon. I also have a warm spot for She-Hulk, she had a very whimsical sense of humor

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