Posted on May 20, 2012 AT 09:45pm
Welcome to the twenty-first (and first on the all-new EGMNow DigitalNoob page) installment of Comic Countdown, where comic book topics are discussed in list form. For this edition, it’s all about the ladies of comic books, who have all earned the right to be known as some of the most powerful characters in comic book culture. While that wasn’t always the case, female characters are being featured more and more, which is a great thing to see. Now, not only are many of them beautiful, but they’re also strong, smart and skilled, just as much as their male counterparts. With that, it’s on to the countdown!
#10: Elizabeth Sherman (Dark Horse Comics)
While her continuity and relationship with Hellboy was skewed in the films, Elizabeth is a major player with the Hellboy squad, as well as the B.P.R.D., and her work is widely regarded as at the top for the organization, and within Dark Horse Comics as a whole. She does a great job of doing her job, helping those she cares about, and basically being awesome while still retaining a sense of self as a character.
#9: Barbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle (DC Comics)
Barbara is a terrific example of a character that has really evolved. The daughter of Commissioner Gordon, Barbara began to help out Batman, becoming his ally, Batgirl. After a run-in with the Joker (in which he shot her, severing her spine), Barbara became handicapped, confined to a wheelchair. Not letting that get her down, she continued to help Batman out, going under the alias Oracle. Her strength proves what an important and influential character she has truly become in the DC Universe.
#8 Sara Pezzini (Top Cow Comics)
Star of one of Top Cow’s flagship titles, Sara Pezzini is the holder of the mystical Witchblade, a fighter of the supernatural, and an all around terrific character. She’s gone through a bit of a tough time recently, with the Top Cow: Rebirth project, but now in a new place, with a new job, Sara is just as tough, and one of the top two characters in the Top Cow regime.
#7: She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters (Marvel Comics)
Jennifer Walters has gone through a lot. She’s been de-powered a few times, unable to change in between her normal self and her She-Hulk form, and basically put through the grinder as a superhero for a long time. But, when she goes green, there’s very few who could stand in her way, both mentally and physically. A great example of a smart, independent female character with strength to spare, Walters sets a great example for characters and readers, male and female alike.
#6: Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Marvel Comics)
Danvers has been the epitome of a strong woman throughout the course of her comic book canon. She;s a military woman who’s outgoing, smart, and armed with an ability to absorb and project light and use it as a weapon. After being recently promoted, Carol is ready to continue doing what she does best, which is fighting for the good of the planet, and being an awesome character in general. She’s as well respected as anyone on The Avengers, and for good reason.
#5: Selina Kyle/Catwoman (DC Comics)
Kyle’s never really had a clear stance on whether or not she’s a hero, villain, or bit of both, but she’s always been an interesting and complex character. Whether she’s being stealthy during a robbery or helping Batman save the day, Catwoman is a major player in not only the Batman Universe, but in the DC Universe as a whole.
#4: Jean Grey (Marvel Comics)
Being an original member of the X-Men is no easy task, and it’s not made any easier when you keep dying every few character arcs. That being said, Jean is an incredibly important character in the Marvel Canon, as well as in the comic book universe as a whole. Despite her inability to decide on whether or not she wants to live (she’s been on the dead side of things for a while, now), Jean is a staple of the comics industry, even just as a memory. Her actions still hold weight today, and her name and image are instantly recognizable.
#3: Buffy Summers (Dark Horse Comics)
While Buffy didn’t make her name as a comic book character, she has held her own as a major player in the plight of saving the world from supernatural forces. After the end of the television show, Buffy The Vampire Slayer moved to the comic book medium, and never lost a beat. Buffy, if anything, has only become a more popular character, with her life taking turns that they never could have on the small screen. Her name is incredibly well-known, as is her actions as a vampire-killing hero.
#2: Ororo Munroe/Storm (Marvel Comics)
She’s been a longtime member and leader of the X-Men, an Avenger, and even a member of the Fantastic Four, and Storm is easily one of the most important characters in the Marvel Universe. Strong, powerful, and a natural leader, Storm is the epitome of a strong figure not only for females in comics, but as a beacon of strength for people as a whole. Given that even with her high-profile marriage she still stands up for her beliefs as an individual, Storm is a terrific example of how a person in comics should be portrayed.
#1: Princess Diana/Wonder Woman (DC Comics)
Despite her royal bloodline, Diana is as strong a woman as there can be. She’s a featured member of the Justice League, a well-respected member of the superhero community, and despite her humble beginnings (as a secretary for the JLA), her character has evolved into an empowered, well-established character with a rich back-story, powerful allies, and the respect of an entire community that is very male-focused. Not that she lets that stop her.
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