With the new wave of feminism we are hearing so many bad things. I wanted to focus on one area that has always been dominated by men, that has seen a huge surge in girl power. Comic houses are finally realizing that women are a nearly untapped resource in the field. It was announced today that mega-hit Guardians Of The Galaxy will be lending it’s screenwriter Nicole Pearlman to the comic department over at Marvel HQ. Not only is she writing a comic she is writing a solo series for Gamora (of Gaurdians fame). We are not only getting a comic written by a woman, but one that stars a badass woman!
In honor of this great news here is a list of comics (mostly) this year that are written by, drawn by, or feature a woman:
1. Ms. Marvel
There are many things that are a first about this rebooted series. We’ve known of Ms Marvel for years, but the previous title holder has moved on to become the very first female Captain Marvel, but more on that later. The current Ms Marvel is Kamala Kahn, and she is also Marvel’s first major Muslim character. Several big moves in the name of tolerance and inclusion have been made here. It is created by producer Sana Amanat, writer G Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona.
2. Captain Marvel
Carol Danvers formerly Ms Marvel has become Captain Marvel the first female to don the mantel, which has changed hands several times over the years. Written by Kelley Sue DeConnick
That’s right, the Bat’s favorite love/hate villain/hero has her own solo series. Launched with the New 52 series of the DC universe. Since the reboot she has been helmed by many different writers and artists but the current team seems to finally be sticking for this one. Written by Ann Nocenti, art by Patrick Olliffe.
Batgirl has just gotten a major overhaul from DC. They announced in July that beginning in October they would be changing up creative teams across the universe. Batgirl has played a huge role in the new 52, more so than we’ve really seen from a female character before. Longtime creative team Gail Simone and Jonathan Glapion went out with issues #34 and Future’s End #1. Taking things up with issue #35 and for the foreseeable future is writer and artist Cameron Steward (Batman and Robin) with co-writer Brenden Fletcher and artist Babs Tarr.
5. Gotham Academy
Gotham Academy is targeting a young teen audience, and one might argue most specifically the girls. The series takes place along with the Batman series and is set as the Gotham’s premier prep school. It’s featuring some already established characters attending the school such as Olive Silverlock and the recently overhauled Barbara Gordon. Co-written by Brednen Fletcher (who just took over Batgirl) and Becky Cloonan, art by Becky Cloonan and Karl Kerschl.
6. The Secret Six
This series by DC Comics launching in December. Run by Gail Simone and art by Ken Lashley, this one is being heavily anticipated. From the DC site “Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”
7. Klarion The Witch Boy
A new series with book #1 debuting on October 8th Helmed by Ann Nocenti and Trevor McCarthy.
I am loving this new trend of female lead, written, and even a few drawn by women. It’s really pretty unprecedented. Comics have always been a boys club, but these women and characters have shattered the glass ceiling, and come out swinging. DC seems to be leading the way here, but Marvel is never behind for long. Keep it up with the girl power, ladies!