Over in this week’s Best Shots column, Brian Andersen writes of his disappointment about how rare it is that books featuring female characters in the lead succeed. If you haven’t read this week’s Best Shots column, go ahead and do so now. We’ll wait. Kay?
Women in comics was a little bit of a specialty of mine when I did undergrad. When it came time to do a final project for my major, I chose to focus it around women’s issues in the comic world. I absolutely ADORE Wonder Woman, and no treatise on the girl team can be complete without mentioning Birds of Prey, of course.
That being said, I’ll have to admit that I never even noticed that there was a She-Hulk comic around to be canceled. This is because I’m accustomed to thinking of superheroines who share the powers and names of a male counterpart (particularly one Paris Hilton Supergirl) as tending toward lame, formulaic, and entirely unworthy of notice. I’m sure that will catch me some flames, but that’s how it is.
Generally speaking, it has been my experience that those heroines who are noteworthy on their own, without sharing the name of an established superhero, find some way to acquire their own fame. Barbara Gordon comes to mind – even though she’s always had a special place in my heart, she was somehow never as cool before she adopted Oracle as a persona after the Joker turned her into a paraplegic.
That’s not to say that I’m saying She-Hulk isn’t a great character; I just don’t know, and given that I have a limited number of dollars each week – something I’m sure you’re all familiar with – I have to be selective.
What about you, dear readers? What would make you interested in the womenfolk of the comic book world?
And, while we’re at it, where can I get some of that double-stick tape Wonder Woman uses?