• The Confident Heroism of Kate Bishop

    Full disclosure: I haven’t read the first runs of Young Avengers where Kate Bishop first appears. Most of my knowledge of her comes from the Matt Fraction/David Aja run of Hawkeye and the Gillen/McKelvie run of Young Avengers. This is nothing against those storylines and creators. It’s just indicative...
  • The Double Life of Selina Kyle

    In October of 2014, Catwoman traded in her costume for a power suit and left her jewel-thief days behind her. With the creative team of Valentine, Brown (later Messina) and Loughridge taking over the book, readers were plunged into a considerably more real and sometimes brutal Gotham than they’d...
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Ingenuity of Soranik Natu

    “I’m not afraid.” —Soranik Natu (Gibbons and Johns 28) Soranik Natu—neurosurgeon, inhabitant of Korugar, child of Sinestro, Green Lantern—first appeared in Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, and Patrick Gleason’s Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1 in November 2005 and was one of the many new Green Lantern recruits after Hal Jordan...
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Physical Echo of Maya Lopez

    “When I’m finished, the people are clapping. Of course, I don’t hear this. I just see all the hands hitting each other. I feel the echo. The vibration on my body. Like war drums. I realize this play was just practice. Tomorrow, I will again wrap myself in the...
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Independence of Sersi

    “What if it turns out I really am some kind of freak?” —Sersi (Gaiman 75) “Tell Iron Man that I just want a normal life. I won’t cause any trouble.” —Sersi (Gaiman 128) “That was someone else, a long time ago. They said I’d remember, but I don’t remember....
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Shadows of Kimiyo Hoshi

    “I have to keep telling myself this isn’t the dark. I’m afraid of the dark. But the dark isn’t what I’m immersed in. I’m a physicist. I know better…I don’t fully comprehend it. But I’m not afraid.” —Kimiyo Hoshi (McDuffie 124) “They showed me what legends are made of.”...
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Creativity of Nico Minoru

    “Just a girl. Famous last words. Say hello to a girl of prey.” —Nico Minoru (Moore, Runaways #9) “Try not to die.” —Nico Minoru (Vaughn, Runaways #7) Last month, I wrote a meta about Karolina Dean from the Runaways, and this week, I’m writing about Nico Minoru. Who I...
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: Kitty Pryde, Poster Child

    “I learned more about good and evil in that one day than I ever have before or since. I was thirteen. When I think about Evil, when I think about the concept of evil, yours is the face that I see. I don’t have to ‘watch you’, Miss Frost....
  • BAMF Women Superheroes: The Self-Determination of Cassandra Cain

    “Everything in my life was sacrificed to make me a killing weapon. I was offered another life if I swore never to kill. Use my skills to help rather than harm. I swore. Two men made me break my promise. Now, I’m free from their control. I have sworn...