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She Has No Head! – 8 Great Female Led Comics You Should Be Reading!

We’re all very excited about Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel’s X-Men debuting in April, but until then, I wanted to talk about some fantastic female-led comics you should already be reading. Like the last “8 Great” post I did, I’m going to focus on ongoing books, rather than mini-series, since I do believe that longevity of titles like this is part of winning this battle over time – i.e. good books that have a sustainable audience and can maintain quality consistently. It’s something I feel we struggle with (as evidenced by the fact that only one — sorta two — titles from my list in 2011 made it back onto the 2013 list).

08. GHOST. Kelly Sue DeConnick (story), Phil Noto (art, covers). Dark Horse.

It’s hard to resist a book drawn by Phil Noto. When you add Kelly Sue DeConnick (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite comics writers) and a mysterious female lead, reading Ghost is a no-brainer. With a solid mystery at its center, DeConnick is parsing out the story perfectly. In fact, just as I was reading and getting irritated about where/how/why the outfit comes from, she reveals it. Effortlessly. DeConnick and Noto are also proving to be a great team more generally, DeConnick understanding when the story is stronger without wors, relying on Noto’s uncanny ability to convey anything necessary with the most subtle of expressions.

07. STAR WARS. Brian Wood (story), Carlos D’Anda (art), Gabe Eltaeb (colors), Alex Ross (covers). Dark Horse.

If the first issue of Star Wars is any indication, then Princess Leia will be a force to be reckoned with (if not the technical lead). Positioned as both the leader of the rebellion and a talented fighter pilot in her own right it’s exciting to see Leia at the center of everything. While I would never change the original trilogy (okay, maybe not never) and Leia was always a great character, I admit it’s really wonderful to see another side of her. I confess to a giddy almost childlike excitement at reading Brian Wood’s vision for these characters. Though the art is not my exact cup of tea (and of course the Alex Ross covers set that standard pretty damn high) it’s a decent blend of comic book style that also looks enough like the heroic faces we all know so intimately, to work well.

06. FF. Matt Fraction (story), Mike Allred (art, cover), Laura Allred (colors, art). Marvel.

This book is such an unexpected delight. Offbeat and filled with characters that rarely (never!) get the spotlight it’s inventive and super fun reading. The entire concept is that She-Hulk, Medusa, Ant Man, and “Ms. Thing,” have been chosen by The Fantastic Four to take their place for four minutes (or longer in the worst case scenario). Cut to worst case scenario and this is our new FF…and it’s an FF I find myself crazy interested in. Mike Allred’s style is a perfect fit for the tone of this book. It’s light but bold. Unapologetic and brash. Matt Fraction is proving to be a writer that not only excels at humor in his books (this and Hawkeye are making him into one of my favorite writers – not to mention he and DeConnick into an unbelievable comics writing power couple!) – but he’s also proving himself to be the kind of writer that can work in amazing sync with very different artists. On Hawkeye he feels perfectly paired with Aja and here he feels perfectly paired with Allred. It’s impressive.

05. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. Kathryn Immonen (story), Valerio Schiti (art), Jordie Bellaire (colors), Jeff Dekal (covers). Marvel.

What a fun and beautiful book. Sif is a powerful and charming lead, tough as nails but with that typically Asgardian fish out of water sense of humor that makes you want to cuddle her while she cuts you to shreds. Valerio Schiti is a fantastic advertisement for ignoring the whole “A-List Artist” thing. I’d never heard of him and given his relatively small experience in US comics, I’m betting a bunch of you hadn’t either. And yet he is easily the best thing about this book (which is saying a lot since Immonen is killing it at well). Able to capture both the slightest nuance of expression in Sif’s face and yet unafraid of the most epic, bloody, balls to the wall battles, he brings such fierce energy to the book it’s marvelous. This is a dream team for a dream book…It’s only 3 issues into the change (start reading at Journey Into Mystery #646) there’s plenty of time to catch up.

04. CAPTAIN MARVEL. Kelly Sue DeConnick (story), Dexter Soy, Emma Rios, and Felipe Andrade (art), Jordie Bellaire (colors). Marvel.

Though I’ve always been pulling for this book, in truth it was only in the last three issues where I feel it has REALLY hit its stride. Dexter Soy’s art was, in my opinion, not a great fit for the book. That said, he really got a good handle (or just had more time after Emma Rios subbed in?) and delivered two beautiful issues in #7 and #8. When you add to that the chemistry between Carol Danvers (current Captain Marvel) and Monica Rambeau (former Captain Marvel) as they pair up for an adventure and the book was pure magic. DeConnick has a perfectly marvelous (no pun!) way of writing Carol and with innovative new artist Filipe Andrande on board as the new series artist (beginning with issue #9) I have renewed hope that this book has finally discovered who it is, or perhaps more importantly, who it wants to be.  I recommend trying this book again if you want to like it but didn’t find it was for you initially. Grab issues #7 and #8 to read about Carol and Monica, and then issue #9 to prepare yourself for the next chapter in Carol’s life. It’s really great stuff, perhaps not what you expected, but sometimes that can be a great thing.

03. HAWKEYE. Matt Fraction (story), David Aja (art), Javier Pulido (art), Matt Hollingsworth (colors). Marvel.

So this one is a bit of a cheat. Technically Clint Barton as Hawkeye is the lead of this book. However, Kate Bishop as Hawkeye has been getting some serious play, enough so that in the recent issue #7 there were two short stories, each one starring a different Hawkeye (and for my money the Kate Bishop story was actually better).  Still, this is clearly set up with Clint Barton as the lead and Kate Bishop in a strong supporting role and you know what? I don’t care. I love this book and its portrayal of Kate Bishop so much that I’ll do anything to talk about it, even put it on a list called it “female-led”…just try and stop me. I’ve written so much about Hawkeye already that I won’t repeat myself, but the first trade will be out in March, and the book is simply good enough to buy in paperback/digital AND as a trade (that’s what I’ll be doing).

02. SAGA. Brian K. Vaughan (story), Fiona Staples (art). Image

While you could argue that Alana and Marko are technically co-leads in Saga, the REAL lead is actually their daughter Hazel who narrates the entire story. Regardless, there’s no way this book doesn’t belong on this list. It’s chock full of interesting, complicated women from Alana and Hazel to The Stalk and Gwendolyn, and Klara, and Izabel, the list goes on an on. And I love them all.  This book has been written up just about everywhere (including by me) so I won’t bore you with the details. If for some reason you’ve missed out (I hope the excuse is that you’ve been trapped somewhere in a cave) you can pick up the first trade (collecting issues #1-6) now. And then all you’ve got to do is pick up four single issues and you’ll know what everyone is talking about, and why.

01. RACHEL RISING. Terry Moore (story, art, letters). Abstract Studios

Rachel Rising gets the number one spot for a very simple reason…not because it’s necessarily “the best” book on this list, but because it’s the only one that I thought was strong enough 15 months later to still earn a spot on this list. Rachel Rising has consistently been an incredibly powerful horror story with some complicated (and beautifully drawn) ladies at its center. Extremely well paced, and dolling out bits of mystery (frequently each more horrific than the last) with expert precision, this may be Moore’s best work to date. Though Strangers In Paradise will perhaps always be people’s first love for Moore (and that is well-deserved love) Rachel Rising is tighter in many ways from a storytelling standpoint and has a more cohesive vision so far.

Mara, Stumptown Vol. 2, Princeless Vol. 2, and Emily & The Strangers

MINI-SERIES YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY CHECK OUT: Brian Wood and Ming Doyle’s Mara from Image – currently on issue #2. It’s simply awesome. Greg Rucka and Matt Southworth’s Stumptown Volume 2 from Oni just finished and like Volume 1 it’s worth every penny. Also of note is Jeremy Whitley’s Princeless from Action Lab, which is beginning again this month as a new mini-series. You can grab the trade for the first series here, and I’ve read the first issue of the new mini-series and can assure you it’s great. Also worth a peek when it comes to YA fare is Emily & The Strangers, a three-issue full color mini-series from Dark Horse, written by creator Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, and with absolutely stunningly adorable art by Emily Ivie, the first issue, out now, is great fun.

Glory, Young Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, and Angel & Faith

ONGOING HONORABLE MENTIONS: If Glory wasn’t ending, it would certainly be on this list. Young Avengers is also absolutely deserving of mentions for “female positive” books, but since I called this “female-led” I think it can’t qualify since it’s got more gents than ladies on the team. Uncanny X-Force by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney only has one issue out so far, but I liked what I saw, especially the fact that the team is filled with a lot of interesting ladies. Angel & Faith (which was also on 2011’s list) is still running strong with lovely art by Rebekah Isaacs — if you enjoy the Whedonverse in comics form, it’s definitely worth a read.

Fearless Defenders variant by Skottie Young. If the book felt more like this image I suspect it'd be on the list!

THE BOOK I’D MOST LIKE TO PUT ON THIS LIST: Fearless Defenders. I honestly think, if you like these characters (Misty Knight and Valkyrie) as much as I do (which is A LOT) that you should be reading it anyway, I hope that supporting it will give it a chance to get things right. However, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend it as I felt the first issue was weak.

Though the writing and storyline in this first issue was not as powerful as I’d hoped, ultimately I do have a lot of faith in Cullen Bunn as a writer so I’m optimistic that given time he can deliver something wonderful. Unfortunately (and perhaps more importantly) I think Will Sliney is ill chosen as the artist for this book. Based on this first issue he relies far too heavily on exceedingly cheesecake poses and too much painful male gaze for this book to be taken seriously. I also just don’t think he’s quite at the level he needs to be to be drawing a major book. We’ve all learned the hard way that you have to give female team books/female led books every advantage in order to give them the best shot at survival, I hope Fearless Defenders will both get better and be given the chance it deserves to find an audience.

WE’LL SEE: This week we’ll get a first look at Katana #1 and see if it has potential to be a book that should be on this list, but I admit to skepticism given the bizarre creative team musical chairs at DC of late.

Batwoman, Red She-Hulk, Wolverine & The X-Men, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9

CLOSE BUT NOT QUITE:

Batwoman – while Batwoman is still the best looking book around when J.H. Williams III illustrates it, the quality in other ways has been really inconsistent. I want to love it, but I generally don’t. I still buy it because I hope it will get better and because I love the characters, but I can’t recommend it wholeheartedly to everyone.

Red She-Hulk – this is a book I’m dying to love, but in these first four issues it just hasn’t impressed me. There are things I like (like the fact that She-Hulk seriously “hulked out” in a recent issue in a way She-Hulks generally do not get to) but so far the art has been a disappointment and She-Hulk doesn’t have much agency in her own story. I’m going to keep buying because I like Jeff Parker as a writer and I want this book to work, but it’s just not getting there for me.

Both Wolverine & The X-Men and Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 were on my 2011 list, but didn’t make the cut here. They haven’t done anything egregiously wrong for me (see below for those offenders) but they just don’t sing as they did initially. In WATX’s case it’s partially the double shipping. It’s killing my pocketbook (pocketbook? What am I 70?) and when every issue isn’t a home run I find myself grumbling that I wish they’d take more time on each issue and release them more slowly.  As for Buffy, I still buy it, I still love it, but that’s largely because of my attachment to the characters. But it just doesn’t have the boldness that initially impressed me and since Spike left the book and the storyline took a decidedly less significant feeling turn, I find I don’t rush to read it as I once did.

NOT EVEN CLOSE, MUCH TO MY DISMAY:

Wonder Woman – A heavy hitter on the list last time I made it, Wonder Woman started out as easily my favorite book of the “New 52” Re-launch, but by issue #7 I was out. You all know why, so I won’t bore you by repeating myself.

Birds of PreyEditorial machinations killed all the enthusiasm I had for this book – which was a lot. Pulling Jesus Saiz from the book as artist, when he was the perfect fit for the book was borderline unforgivable. The new run with Christy Marx is certainly worth a look when it comes out (issue #18), but I admit my trust with DC on this book is broken with all the creative shuffling and the art just hasn’t worked for me since Saiz left.

Catwoman didn’t make the list in 2011 (not even close) and though the changes in art and writing have made the book far less offensive, it’s still not good. I will have to wait until something more in line with the Brubaker/Cooke run comes back…so maybe forever? LE SIGH.

While this list would have been boring if it repeated those same books I featured 15 months ago, I certainly wish more of them had made the cut a second time. While it’s fantastic to have so many great new options, it’s disheartening to see that so few ongoing books have the legs to be featured less than a year and a half later. So is the problem lack of interest/readers? Lack of quality? Lack of commitment from publishers? Probably all of the above, but I admit to disappointment. I guess it’s a great sign that nearly all of DC’s female-led books (Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Birds of Prey, Supergirl, and Batgirl) are all still breathing a year and a half later, but considering that I should be an easy audience for all of them and that I’m reading only one of them, seems like a huge red flag. Voodoo was cancelled (and rightly so) and Sword Of Sorcery – a replacement series – has now been cancelled as well, but another female-led book has risen to take its place – Katana – and it’s a book about a woman of color – so that feels like a win.  But it worries me that there’s so little consistent quality on these books. Many of them weren’t for me from the beginning, it’s upsetting to see that even those I did really like haven’t been able to hold my interest (or not offend me) for more than a year.

It’s also interesting to compare DC and Marvel from 2011 and now. In 2011 I had three DC titles on the list and only one Marvel. Now, there are FOUR Marvel titles on this list (and four more in the honorable mention type categories) while DC has nothing on the list and only two titles in the honorable mention type categories. More than just saying that one company is better than the other, I fear it points out that neither of them has figured out how to do this yet. The “New 52″ has been a huge failure for me as a reader but I find myself quite excited about a lot of the “Marvel NOW!” books…but will it be a failure for me too in a year and a half? I certainly hope not.

Still, let’s focus o the positive. Check these books out. If you like what you see, support them as best you can. Demand that they remain awesome.  :)

 

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I’ve read 7 of the 8 and continue to read 5 of them

More people really should be reading Captain Marvel. It’s awesome.

I really enjoyed Fearless Defenders, even with no background for the leads. Maybe it’s because I’ve been mostly DC up until recently and FD is above and beyond most of their offerings right now.

No Batgirl or Supergirl at all?

I’ve been reading Glory all morning as a result of this article.

Fearless Defenders was ok. Something irks me about the exploitive nature of Misty’s speak. Partially because I didn’t read her that way in the last 10 years I’ve been seeing her though I haven’t read any of her classic appearances so it could be me.

Still a pretty good book on its own though.

I do my best to support female-led books, but the track record isn’t great. Captain Marvel is FINALLY coming around, after a bad start.

Having said that, you have what I would have called my two favourite books coming out right now on your list (after last week, it goes to 2 of 3).

Saga is absolutely brilliant. Hawkeye is wonderful, but I do think it is a cheat to claim it is female led. (The Kate story in the latest issue was really not very good… and it is the first time I said anything close to that critical of the book.)

But to add to your list… Scarlet is back. Not only is it female led, but it is a bloody good comic.

@Kendall

Batgirl has never totally clicked for me. It has had a string of poor artists and I haven’t cared much for the plot either.

As for Supergirl, I feel the H’el on Earth crossover has been a prime example of character assassination. I had no problem with her being naive for the opening couple of issues as she is meant to be a 16-17 year old girl who suddenly arrived on a whole new planet, and then she proved to be quite competent but since the arrival of H’el she is acting like a five year old. It has really soured me on the book.

Oh, and Batwoman keeps getting worse. The book needs to get a real writer and an editor who can rein WIlliams in somewhat.

Let me be clear. I love Williams’ art… as art. I love his deisgn esthetic. Everything.

Of late, though, he seems to have forgotten that comics are supposed to tell stories. His work has very little linear storytelling recently.

If tha tis what he wants to do, I would almost rather they went the illustrated novel route that Gaiman and Vess did with Stardust.

Captain Marvel has been pretty lame. The writing’s alternated between generic, bland faux-gravitas (the opening stuff with the older female pilot) and grating, stale humor (Mr. Roboto puns that are reminiscent of Bruce Vilanch on Hollywood Squares). The interactions between Danvers and Rambeau were so forced and one-dimensional. The art’s been a mess of people who are ill-suited for sequential work.

Overall, the main problem is that the book is boring. It doesn’t seem to have a point beyond giving Carol Danvers her own book and a better costume. Those are good things, for sure, but not enough to sustain a title.

@Stephen Conway- I agree with much of what you said. One of the biggest problems that I have with both of them is the crossovers they are plagued with.
Kara is in a sense of building her world around her and then they stick H’el on her. Now that story could be fun if it was just her story but spreading it out into the other Supes titles (which I don’t buy) stinks for her develoment.
Batgirl is on the edge for me. I like it but not love it and I keep hoping for that epic arc that is all her own. Personally I still miss Steph (yes, I’m one of those ppl). She still has a large amount of fans behind her, something like 70,000+sales last I saw, but they do need to find her angle. She’s smart but not Oracle smart. She can fight but nothing that makes her really unique. Maybe if they could get an artist that can really hammer home some great fight sequences..that would help.
The Joker story arc with her wasn’t bad but you already knew she would survive and that took the suspense off. They tried to bring out the “dark” side of Barbara with the Joker but really…she didn’t do anything that was shocking.

@Diarra: Curious which 7 of the 8, and which made the cut for you (and why).

@Michael P: Agreed! It took awhile to find its footing, but I LOVE it.

@Keith: Yes, I agree that Fearless Defenders is superior to most (not all, but most) of what I’m reading at DC these days – so I’m going to keep reading, but I KNOW they can do better and they will need to.

@Kendall: Yes, that’s correct. I never read Batgirl as I object to the idea of regressing Barbara to Batgirl from Oracle (I also have not liked the artist choices – and musical chairs – on that book). I love the art on Supergirl, but the story never caught for me.

@Fanteezy: Then you are having an awesome and violent morning! :) I agree on Misty Knight. I’m hesitant to talk about “voice” with Misty Knight because I’m just not that familiar with the character, but so far I really preferred the Lanning and Abnett take on her in the recent Heroes For Hire book. :(

@Stephen Conway: That’s too bad to hear about the Supergirl arc.

@Rusty: Yup, it’s a cheat and as I said, I DON’T CARE :D It’s funny, I preferred the Kate story to the Clint story in the last issue. Different strokes for different folks I suppose. Yes, did you see my review of the last issue of Batwoman? To sum up, 5 stars if it was an “art book,” 3.5 stars as a “comic book” – it was beautiful but the storytelling is suffering badly. Re: Scarlet. I really liked the first issue, but it’s been all downhill for me from there. I think I stopped reading after 3, and now after such a delay, I don’t really feel compelled to go back.

@Apodaca: I really like the writing on Captain Marvel – I like the way DeConnick handles her as a character, just the right amount of humor for me. I do agree that initially the book was working, but it’s been singing for the last three issues (IMO).

You may have noticed my disappointment in the Batwoman series. I hadn’t planned on buying the collected hardcovers, but the first one was nicely priced at Amazon so I did. The dimensions didn’t match Elegy, so that was a further disappointment. I skipped Vol. 2 even thought it’s even cheaper at Amazon because I just can’t justify buying it. I want to support the character but I’m just not enjoying this never-ending story, though the art has been great. Not sure If I’m going to stick around much longer, though, if the story doesn’t wrap up and the storytelling experiments calm down a bit. (That’ll leave me with one DC52 purchase on my list.)

Generally I prefer to get series collected in books, but in the current market I’m trying to support them by buying the individual issues, then getting the collections of my favorites. There are a few that I am waiting for trades on because I just have to have them that way and am hoping that the monthly sales are strong enough already. :)

While it’s very true that I miss Oracle, what she represented in the real world, and HER Birds of Prey (new version hasn’t clicked for me, as they’re also missing Helena), I really don’t miss the “Legion of Substitute Batgirls” that were almost in danger of outnumbering the alt-Robins! Babs Gordon really IS the only Batgirl and it’s good to see her back anyway. I like that she’s not invincible and usually only barely wins by a hair.

BUT, I’m still waiting for Gail to do something about the huge knife wound Babs received a few issues ago before the Joker thing hit, she really should be just about dead by now. So, on its face that’s bad, but it also reminds me a bit of very early Moon Knight (he got his ass kicked a lot), so that’s good. I wouldn’t mind seeing her show up in the Batcave once in a while.

On loan from my uncle, I read the first two issues of Immonen’s Journey into Mystery. They were quite good, which is no surprise, as Kathryn Immonen excels at characterization and dialogue. Even in Asgard, her people sound like people; they say things Asgardians would say.

That’s probably my biggest problem with the other writers’ on this list. Everybody goes nuts over Saga, but I can’t bring myself to even try it, because I can already see what will happen. I’ll find myself getting into the story, admiring the nice touches in the art, and then BLAM! Catapulted right out by some cutesy, look-how-clever-I-am Brian K. Vaughn dialogue. The same shit I cringe through with each issue of Hawkeye and Azzarello’s ludicrous Pun-der Woman (oh ho! do you see what I did there, Mr. Azzarello?)

I try to support the more offbeat serialized comics, simply because they’re more interesting to me, but the tradeoff tends to be that the writing is a lot more self-indulgent, with many characters sounding more or less the same, presumably like the writer himself. I expect this to be an unpopular opinion in the era of “Creator Owned Heroes,” but I often find myself wishing for editorial intervention, that someone would tell the writer no when a character is turning into a mouthpiece.

Cass- Re: Editors, I have no problem with editors who just edit and act as a steadying influence on a book, it’s the editors who mandate the direction and content of the book to the existent that they might as well write the book themselves that I find problematic.

Still, allowing writers to use characters as their own mouthpiece can produce brilliance. See Morrison’s Animal Man for one instance.

No mention of WORLD’S FINEST–for good or ill? I know it’s not a fan-favorite and Power Girl gets conveniently naked most issues, but it’s still a two-female-lead book.

@Adam: World’s Finest does nothing for me. Sorry.

I’m loving FF and Captain Marvel as well as Kate Bishop in Hawkeye/Young Avengers. The first issue of Fearless Defenders I was kind of mixed on because of the whole cheesecake, sub-par art and the fact that the characters are unknowns to me at this point. I’ll give it another try. Also, I feel like Batwoman has significantly improved in quality since the 2nd arc.

Thank you for this list…I’m really going to need to check out Ghost!

It’s interesting how polarizing Captain Marvel seems to be, not only in terms of the art–which isn’t surprising–but in terms of the writing, which I think has been mostly excellent. I thought that the first arc was flawed (due both to art that was sometimes quite beautiful but sometimes problematic and to pacing issues) but that DeConnick was nevertheless doing some genuinely interesting and sadly unusual things from the start. I definitely agree though that the most recent three issues have been a step up from what came before.

I also agree that Valerio Schiti has been a wonderful surprise, as has the general excellence of FF (I knew I’d love the art, but didn’t expect to like the whole package nearly as much as I do).

I think that I’m generally positive re: the writing and storyline on Fearless Defenders so far, although it’s hard to judge from just one issue. But I agree with what seems to be the general consensus on the art. I’m on board for now, but mostly because I want to support a comic with such a diverse cast of great female characters. I really hope the Misty Knight cheesecake issues get ironed out because that would allow me to feel so much more enthusiastic.

i want more transvestite lead titles in comics.

I miss the “other” Batgirls. They represented a forward motion to that unique part of the Bat family. Barbara took what life gave her and reformed herself into a dynamic hero that was still fun to read. She wasn’t a “kid” anymore.
Cass and Steph kept the “youth exploring their world” angle going. To see Barb going backward has been a little bit of a downer. That and from the writing we keep having lots of unsatisfying gaps or revelations. Her ability to walk could have been done differntly. I just wished they could let Vertigo take certain mainstream DC characters and give them a voice. Imagine Barb’s recovery being told through Vertigo eyes? It might not have been “Bam Pow” exciting but I bet it could have been good all the same.
Honestly….give me some new Death and Delirium of the Endless stories and I’ll be a happy girl :)

It’s really sad how many female-led titles I’m actually NOT buying right now, specifically on the DC side. I just recently dropped Batwoman and Supergirl for not holding my attention. I never picked up Catwoman, because it just seemed like a trainwreck from day one. I tried Worlds’ Finest and have grown insanely bored by that, so it’s probably coming off the pull list soon. Wonder Woman–my poor, poor Wonder Woman–was emphatically dropped for all the reasons you’ve stated. I will occasionally read Batgirl because I love Gail Simone and I just really WANT to like it, but every time I pick it up and hear Barbara’s narrative voice I just can’t even get through the issue. The only DC female-centric book I’m still clinging to hopefully is Birds of Prey.

So I mean, look at that. All of DC’s heavy-hitter female characters and I’m not into a single one of them. A couple of years ago, I’d have never imaged this to be the case.

Marvel, on the other hand, are grabbing me hook, line, and sinker. I am picking up almost all of your top 8 and then some. Good on them.

Thanks for writing this! Finding great female-led books is my main drive as a comics fan. I’m currently reading or have read at least a few issues of 6 out of the 8 titles (I don’t really have any interest in Star Wars or Fantastic Four in general – I know, that makes me a bad geek.) My favorites are of course Saga, then Rachel Rising (although I’m not caught up on it yet) and Captain Marvel, especially with the introduction of Monica Rambeau. I really didn’t get the appeal of the first couple issues of Hawkeye, but I just jumped on again with the Hurricane Sandy issue and enjoyed it much more, mostly because of the Kate Bishop story. I really enjoyed her in Young Avengers #1 as well.

I dropped Birds of Prey for awhile also but I’m really interested to see Christy Marx on it since I liked Sword of Sorcery. LOVE love Mara, the art is gorgeous. Batwoman I’m jumping back onto just because I feel a lot of loyalty to queer characters in comics and I want to continue to support them by buying comics they are featured in. As for Fearless Defenders, I’ve got it lined up in my pull list for next month so it hasn’t been shipped to me yet. I’m disappointed to hear it’s not as good as it should be because I was really excited about it. I’m definitely giving it a few chances though!

I sometimes get the feeling that someone at Marvel reads your column.

DC … not so much …

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