Despite what some may say, comic books count as reading. Here are some of the best feminist comic books to add to your reading list.
Despite what some may say, comic books count as reading. They combine two mediums, visual and text, to create a rich storytelling format. Here are some of the best feminist comic books to add to your reading list.
Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Valentine De Landro
This story follows a dystopia in which a far-off planet has been turned into Guantanamo Bay, but for misbehaving women, femmes and other deviants. Refusal or failure to adhere to the absurd patriarchal standards of beauty, behavior, thinking, and beyond, automatically makes them Non-Compliant. With two volumes already out, there’s enough material to get through and get your revolutionary blood going.
Man-Eaters by Chelsea Cain & Kate Niemczyk
In Cain’s fantastical world, girls and women have mutated to be afflicted with Toxoplasmosis, a virus that takes hold when puberty hits. When the dreaded period cycle starts, girls and women turn into vicious, killer Cats. Delightfully satirical and crafted in the most creative way possible, the first three volumes offer readers an empowering feminist comic book collection.
Black Widow: No Restraints Play by Jen & Sylvia Soska
Back from the dead and full of rage, Natasha Romanov, a.k.a. Black Widow of the Avengers, needs an outlet for her anger. She makes her way to Madripoor, an island solely inhabited by villains and the worst of the worst, to take her feelings out on them. Upon arrival, she discovers a sex trafficking ring that even the residents of this evil island don’t want anything to do with. Drawn and written in ultraviolence, it’s the perfect comic book for the angry feminist ready to start a fight.
Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Monstress tells the story of a teen girl in an alternate 1900s Asia after surviving the trauma of war. It’s not easy when she shares a psychic link with a powerful monster that transforms them both. Combining art-deco and steampunk elements, Takeda creates a magical world that will entrance readers throughout its four volumes.
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, & Faith Hicks
This feminist graphic novel has collected issues into 13 volumes filled with fun, fantasy, friendship, and female empowerment. Though its intended audience are middle-grade people and young adults, the stories and art can be appreciated by readers of all ages. The comic book series has won a prestigious Eisner Award, a coveted trophy in the comics industry, making it a must-read for comic book fans and newcomers alike.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
A biographical graphic novel, Persepolis follows a girl growing up in Iran at the time of the Islamic Revolution. It tells the story of everyday life in Tehran, and the dichotomy between life at home and life in public. The story continues in the second volume if you read through the first in a few days.
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