In a bid to feature more entertainment content on my blog (aside from my monthly media roundups!) I decided to share a quick reading list with you all. These books are all titles that feature one or multiple female protagonists.
DC Bombshells Vol 1
This entire series is perfection, but the best place to start is the beginning, with volume one of DC Bombshells. This series features pretty much every main DC superheroine (and a fair few female villains too!) and is based on the popular line of statues that were released in 2013. The story takes place during the Second World War, where all of your favourite DC ladies join forces and fight on the front line! It’s super funny, the character designs are stunning and the sense of unity in this story is really admirable and heartwarming. Also, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are a couple in this universe, which is always a bonus!
Harley Quinn and Power Girl
I 100% recommend reading Harley Quinn’s New 52 volumes, of which there are currently six, but if you want a bit of lighter reading set within the same universe, then you need to get your hands on Harley Quinn and Power Girl. This is a six-issue miniseries that takes place during volume 2 of the Harley Quinn series, where Power Girl loses her memory and Harley convinces her that she’s her sidekick. If that isn’t enough to sell you, I guarantee you’ll be dying laughing (not literally!) at this book, it’s very silly and perfect if you need a bit of escapism.
Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood
If you’ve watched Wonder Woman recently and need more Diana in your life, I recommend this stunning series from Brian Azzarello. Illustrated by Cliff Chiang & Tony Akins, Blood is (or at least was when it was first published) a new version of Diana (with an origin story very similar to Diana’s movie origin!) who grows and develops throughout the story into the hero we all know and love. This book is very heavy on Greek mythology – not necessarily accurate mythology, but there’s a lot of Greek Gods doing Greek God-like things – and it’s pretty heavy on the violence, so be prepared for that when picking this book up! I love the writing for this series, and the art is phenomenal – the action really leaps out of each panel!
Rat Queens Vol 1: Sass & Sorcery
Fantasy? Check. Adventure? Check. Action? Check. Badass team of females? Mega check. The Rat Queens are a team of ale-guzzling, bar-brawling, monster-hunting lasses who’ll take on any challenge, if it pays well. Definitely for mature readers only, but this book is full of humour, violence and diverse characters – it’s a bit like Lord of the Rings, if the main characters were all women and there was more swearing and general foolishness involved. Did I mention this book is badass?
Which of these comics have you read or would you like to read the most? What’s your fave female comic book character? Leave me a comment below and let me know!