Wonder Woman currently crushing it at the box office. We’re all riding the high of its success, so why not keep the badassery, lady power going. If you’ve seen the movie already and perhaps are getting ready for your second (THIRD?) screen, check out Redheadedgirl’s review of the movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t worry! This post will be spoiler free.
We’ve collected some great heroines from books, TV, and comics to fully complement your warm & fuzzy Wonder Woman feels.
Carrie: I also second Steven Universe. Never hurts to revisit our beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer, of course!
This show has a lot of promise, and I have hopes that’ll find it’s footing. I like seeing a woman superhero who is also a fun, happy woman. She’s not a tomboy, or trying to prove that she’s better than the boys and boy-things, and there are enough women in the show that no one needs to worry about being “The Ur Example of Woman-ness” (or the Smurfette Principle).
Carrie: Ms. Marvel!
Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run of Captain Marvel ( A ).
(Not to be confused with Ms. Marvel.)
Redheadedgirl: But also Ms. Marvel!
I know you said her already but I luff her so much.
Carrie: Yeah she deserves the repetition. Lemme say it again: MS MARVEL Y’ALL SHE ROCKS
Cain’s version of Bobbi is like what might happen if Buffy Summers and James Bond had a super snarky, super feminist baby. I adore her and I had so much fun with these eight issues. They were the perfect entertainment for a stressful day. The art has bright colors and a lot of movement combined with beautiful pen and ink lines. The dialogue is my favorite brand of snark.
Some of these are books from around the site or through some Googling!
Not Your Sidekick is an adorable YA superhero romance with an Asian bisexual heroine, science fiction elements, and some cute robots. It’s also about mistaken identity – a common theme in superhero stories, but one that irritates me no end (as does the Big Misunderstanding trope, which have many similarities). For this reason, I wasn’t crazy about the plot of this book, but I did love the characters and concept.
Dynama by Ruth Diaz is another recommendation from Carrie, who said:
This f/f novella about a Latina bisexual superheroine, who juggles being a superhero with being a single mom, had me from the very first scene, in which she’s interrupted in the middle of a battle with a bipedal shark by a call from the school office telling her to come pick up her sick kid. The story has some problems with logic and logistics, but it’s portrayal of complex women in a world in which superheroes are beset with problems both mundane and unusual is fun and touching.
Even Villains Fall in Love by Liana Brooks ( A | BN | K | iB ) and Aphrodite’s Kiss by Julie Kenner ( A ) both popped up on superheroine Goodreads lists. The first features a villain hero trying to save his marriage, while the latter features a woman trying to decide whether or not to commit to the superhero lifestyle or become a mortal.
Amanda: My recs are a little less literal and more…superhero adjacent. Ilona Andrews has some amazing heroines who kickass in magical worlds. The Kate Daniels series has your usual paranormal fare with shifters and such and the first book is Magic Bites ( A | BN | K | G | iB ). The heroine also wields a sword.
There’s also the Hidden Legacy series, which I prefer over the Kate Daniels series. It’s set in Houston where MAGIC IS REAL! The heroine, Nevada, is a private detective who can sense when someone is lying. It’s all sorts of awesome. The first book is Burn for Me ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Au ).
Kresley Cole features some amazingly strong heroines in her Immortals After Dark series. Standout super-powered heroines include:
Sabine from Kiss of a Demon King. She’s the Sorceress of Illusions, who traps a demon king. She’s a bit of an antiheroine in some aspects and she has some deep sisterly love!
Regin the Radiant from Dreams of a Dark Warrior ( A | BN | K | G | iB | Au ). A valkyrie! She’s super fast, super strong, and causes lightning storms when angry. Her beloved is cursed to be reincarnated again and again, with no memory of his past lives. This time, he’s been reborn as her enemy.
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn:
This book is the first of a planned trilogy. However, it ends on a satisfactory note – no cliffhangers. You usually can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but honestly you can totally judge this book by its cover, which features two Asian heroines with obviously different personalities, a demonic cupcake (can’t get enough of those) and bright colors. If that cover causes grabby hand syndrome, then yes, you will adore the book
What about you? Which super-powered women in media would you recommend?
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