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 So I've only just realised that it's International Women's Day today and hadn't sorted anything out for scans_daily, which is a little embarrassing.

So whilst encouraging anyone to post their favourite female led moment (new or old), a quick straw poll might be interesting.

So, in this thread, name your favourite female character in comics and, if you can, why! It doesn't matter if someone has already named a character, let's hear your reasons too!

I'd say there was a prize for the best entry, but you'd never believe me, and because in this sort of situation, there are no losers!

Date: 2017-03-08 12:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
Manga are okay too, right?

I'm extremely fond of Lina Inverse from The Slayers and Reiko Mikami from Mikami Ghost Sweeper. Special mention goes to Major General Olivier Milla Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist.

If I can only pick comics, then Xadhoom from Paperinik New Adventures (see here for her story: http://jeannettegray.tumblr.com/post/92226893476/it-occurred-to-me-that-many-people-arent-familiar).

Basically I love ridiculously over-the-top characters who take no shit, are are funny (either because they themselves are comic relief, like in the case of Lina and Reiko, or because their Straight Woman reactions to the insanity all around them is hilarious), and save innocent people (even if they don't necessarily set out to do that. Reiko just wants to make money but somehow she always ends up saving people anyway).

Harley Quinn would definitely be my favourite character in American comics if she didn't kill innocent people. I haven't read much of Gwenpool yet, but I've loved what I've read so far.

Date: 2017-03-08 02:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
I'll nominate Wonder Woman. I was captivated by her from the first time I read her book as a kid. She was everything Marston envisioned: generous, kind, and loving, and able to mix it up with the heavy hitters like Superman and Batman. She came from an island of women who had created a sophisticated civilization of beauty and science. She brought the message of peace and love to Man's World but was ready to kick butt and was truly the best warrior of all the heroes. Oh, yeah, and she had a hot boyfriend! ;)

Date: 2017-03-08 02:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyberghostface
I like Jessica Jones because of how flawed and realistic she is.

Date: 2017-03-08 04:46 pm (UTC)
shadadukal: (BSG : Kara levels smoking)
From: [personal profile] shadadukal
Emma Frost. Because she's a wild woman, on the good side for a long time now, but not trying to be nice at all. It's very rare that women get to be portrayed that way and that makes her all the more precious to me.

Date: 2017-03-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] every_spiegel
Yes, Emma is love!
I never cared about her much until I read Morrison's run of New X-Men, and there she is absolutely gorgeous. ❤

Date: 2017-03-08 06:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] every_spiegel
So, yes, Emma, and also Wanda, and Leah!

Date: 2017-03-08 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] caivu
Kate Kane is my favorite fictional character, full stop. I love how complex and imperfect she is, and I especially enjoy that she's been largely consistently written across multiple writers for almost her entire history, which is very rewarding as a reader and a fan.

Doesn't hurt that she's a fuckin' hardcore badass, either, but that's just icing.

Date: 2017-03-09 02:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] glprime
Oracle-era Barbara Gordon. I did a running feature on her tenure with the JLA but she was also a founding member of Gail Simone's popular Birds of Prey and of course the much larger Bat Clan (when it stopped being just the "Dynamic Duo"). Babs grew from just being the "playful hacker" of early Suicide Squad to a major resource of Batman's crew and arguably the brains of the Justice League (second only to strategist J'onn J'onzz). The eventual place she would hold in the closing days before the nu52 was the keystone of the entire superhero community. She was crisis central, and it was just plain cool to see her work problems and deploy assets in the way a supposedly "smart" character like Batman should, but was written too brooding to be able to.

I loved Oracle, and I like Barbara Gordon when written well and given a lot to do, instead of being just another side character to the BatGod.
Edited Date: 2017-03-09 02:17 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-03-09 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] indy2012
Kitty Pryde: Read her initial stories when I was 13 in collected editions and really connected with her. I grew up as the youngest of 4, and a majority of the people in my life growing up were older than me. I didn't have a ton of friends my age, and felt perpetually like the kid brother for years (still am in some ways being very young as compared to other folks in my profession). As the stories progressed and she grew up, I grew up. She got me into X-Men. I had read exclusively Batman up until that point. Then comes Kitty, wide-eyed and awkward, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the likes of Storm and Wolverine. So approachable and fun yet very precocious and smart. Also provided a model of a person dealing with and surviving grief and loss. And gotta love the pet dragon!

Poison Ivy: While Kitty got me into X-Men/Marvel, Ivy got me into comics. One of my first memories was her being smashed through a window by a fast-growing tree in the B:TAS episode Eternal Youth. I liked the Batman movies, but was intimidated and frightened by the darkness. Then one day at 9-years-old, I walk into a bookstore in the mall and see a Batman comic on the rack depicting Bats trying to free a clay-encased Ivy from a giant, screaming Clayface in the background. In between these big, muscular tough guys was this fabulous woman who was unabashedly feminine and beautiful. The flaming red hair, the leafy bodice, and the green tights really caught my 9-year-old gay fancy boy eye and showed me that such a fabulous and feminine figure couod co-exist and stand toe-to-toe with the grim, gritty, and hypermasculine boys. She doesn't have to act like a man or play by their rules to survive or thrive. Her pageantry, beauty, pain, intellect, and passion are her greatest strengths.

Also love Emma Frost, Snow White and Cinderella from Fables, Oracle Babs, Selina Kyle, Cassandra Cain, Harley, and Zatanna.


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