It’s an incredibly exciting time for women in comics. Not only have we gotten the rise of rad, new (or rebooted) female superheroes like the new Thor, Spider-Gwen, and Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, we’re also getting our first female-led Marvel film in Captain Marvel as well as a female-led DC film in Wonder Woman. And it seems like things are only getting better and more exciting for women working in and reading comic books.
For the comic book reader, there are a TON of exciting new titles featuring female leads. DC launched Bombshells, written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Marguerite Sauvage, which follows an alternate universe in which DC favorites like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batwoman kick ass and take names in WWII. Bennett is also writing alongside Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson over at Marvel to bring us an amazing, all-female led Avengers comic: A-Force. It’s a pretty exciting change happening, and with both Bombshells and A-Force, Marvel and DC are creating stories that are giving female superheroes the spotlight like they’ve never had before. Female-led titles are nothing new though, since names like Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and Captain Marvel have been around for a while, but we’re getting to see more and more female-led comics on the shelves. With the likes of Black Canary and Starfire, we’re also going to get a lot more standalone female superheroes to get excited about.
After the amazing success Marvel saw with Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel, the publishers would have been crazy to not delve into the realms of younger female superheroes as well. Doing just that, Marvel is bringing us Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, which follows a young Inhuman preteen named Lunella Lafayette as she deals with life as an Inhuman, and her dealings with Devil, who just so happens to be a dinosaur. You know, typical preteen stuff. Over at DC, we’ll be getting the story of the first teen-aged president of the United States in Prez, and as well as a traditional superhero story from a new perspective with the new indie comic, Raising Dion, which centers around a single mom raising a little boy with superpowers.
These awesome trends are continuing on the industry side as well. Over at DC, we’re getting a new editorial line up of female creators with people like Ming Doyle writing Constantine, Alisa Kwitney writing the mysterious new title, Mystic U, Gail Simone on Secret Six, and Genevieve Valentine writing Catwoman, just to name a few. With the promotion of Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel editor, Sana Amanat, to Director of Content and Character Development, Marvel is moving their women up.
So what does all this mean for women in the comics community? It means we will start seeing more and more female superheroes in our comic books. It means we’ll be able to find a female superheroes in our comic book store that look like us–because we are not only are seeing more female characters, but they’ll be written and created for women by women. Comics have and will continue to be awesome, but now that it’s becoming a more visibly inclusive and welcoming community, comic book content can only get better.
Which female-led titles are you the most excited about? What would you like to see in comics in the future? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Image Credit: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Official Cover/Marvel Entertainment