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Everyone knows Wonder Woman, but comics history is full of lesser-known but equally awesome heroines. Check out these first volumes of new comics series starring fantastic female characters.




Black Canary, Vol. 1: Kicking and Screaming by Brenden Fletcher and Annie Wu

One of DC Comics' first heroines, Black Canary first appeared in Flash Comics in 1947. Since then the character has been in the Justice League and teamed up most notably with Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and Batgirl. Her powers have morphed as comics continuity has been rewritten over the years, but most versions of her character have a sonic scream power and top-notch martial arts skills. In this new series, accessible to first-time Canary readers, Dinah is a singer in a rock band. DC also released a 3-song album to accompany the series, which you can listen to here.

The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1: Thunder in Her Veins by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman

A mysterious female Thor appears after the original falls in battle. To claim the name and powers of Thor, she lifts the hammer Mjolnir-- something very few Marvel heroes can do! This volume picks up after the new Thor has been established, and features appearances by Loki and Odin and lots of Asgardian chaos.

Mockingbird, Vol. 1: I Can Explain by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, and Ibrahim Moustafa

Former Avenger and current S.H.I.E.L.D. operative Bobbi Morse uses science and martial arts to get stuff done. The issues in this volume can be read in different orders to illuminate details in the story, laying out a unique (and fun) challenge to the reader.

Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked on a Feline by Kate Leth

Patsy Walker is another comics character with a long history; her first appearance was in 1944. Her character has changed drastically over the years from an Archie-esque teen humor/romance comic heroine to a literal catwoman from hell. Recently she's been teamed with She-Hulk, and played a major role on the Netflix hit Jessica Jones. This volume is full of references to her past history and cameos from the Marvel Universe, but is still accessible to new readers.


Emily Williams

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I was born in the Boston area, but have lived in Oklahoma for over 20 years. I attended Oklahoma State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and then studied at the University of Oklahoma to get my Masters in Library and Information Studies. My husband and I adopted a retired racing greyhound who is actually super lazy. I paint pet portraits, read comic books, love hiking, and watch a lot of sci-fi television.

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