I think I’d like to take a break from the ladies of DC, and not just because I don’t have any money to buy the subsequent volumes.
There are some incredible women in comic books, as you know. Often, these are women who are not overly sexualized, are exceptionally intelligent, and have complicated personalities. It’s like, because they don’t belong to the two monsters of comic books, they have more freedom to be more interesting. Let’s be honest, as much as I truly enjoy Batgirl, Bat Woman, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl, I suspect that they only reason they are able to have intricate backstories, and not be hit-with-a-shovel-stupid, is because their popularity allows them to continue to live and be resurrected (over and over).
So, maybe the writers of these relatively unknown women can get away with more. As if to say that having an independent female protagonist is outrageous, but let’s not forget the hinted at reasons for Gail Simone’s temporary departure from DC. Maybe because these female protagonists are creator owned and distributed via companies like Dark Horse, IDW, and Image, they are able to explore and comment on female complexity, you know, like they represent people or something.
Some of these characters you probably already know, all from Buffy Season 8:
- Buffy Summers
- Dawn Summers
- Willow Rosenberg
And, some of them you might not know, but you really should:
- Melaka Fray (Fray)
- Penny Dreadful (Witch Doctor)
- Elizabeth “Liz” Sherman (Hellboy and BPRD)
- The Joker’s Daughter (not a heroine, but for funzies)
If you have any suggestions for female characters (of any comic company) you would be interested in seeing me go meta on (either because you like my perspective or you want to pick a fight, I’m up for either), please let me know.
- Mark Millar’s rape comments, ‘Superheroes’ TCA panel: The comics world responds (herocomplex.latimes.com)
- Why can’t a film fronted by a superheroine be as popular as Batman and Superman? (metro.co.uk)
- Gail Simone Is Writing A Tomb Raider Comic. Heck. Yes. (themarysue.com)