Time for a quick poll!
Given my recent popularity, vis a vis my slightly ranty discussion about how I felt Birds of Prey went a bit south of Helsinki, I've been mulling over what works and what doesn't when writing a superheroine in comics. So, in that light, I've got two questions for you . . .
Who are your favorite superheroines?
And, if you feel like expounding a bit, why?
I'll go first. In no particular order: Jessica Jones, She-Hulk, Emma Frost, Catwoman, Huntress, Black Widow, Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Fire, Ice, Molly Hayes, Power Girl, Oracle, The Question and the ladies of Gen13 (but particularly Caitlin Fairchild and Roxy Spaulding).
As a rule, I'm a fan of any superheroine who is complex, strong, interesting from a psychological perspective and perhaps overly fond of kicking ass. If they actively deconstruct and add a gray area to the very "superheroine" conceit, bonus points (hello Jessica Jones, Emma Frost, et al). I especially dig cerebral superheroines, particularly if their intelligence supersedes all the qualities listed above (I'm still waiting for someone other than Gail Simone and Adam Warren to dig into the diamond in the rough that is Caitlin Fairchild, for instance).
Anyways, contrasts, power and drive create interesting characters of any kind and the fictional women listed above don't lack for that. Well, save maybe Ice and Molly Hayes (in terms of contrasts), but it's nice to have at least two characters who are both genuinely sweet while remaining undoubtedly kick-ass.
Feel free to ask me to expand on my love of any of these characters or, if you like, to let me know why you just flat-out loathe them*. But seriously, let me know - which superheroines are your favorites?
*And yes, a post on why I think Emma Frost is incredibly interesting and why Scott and Emma's relationship tickles me is still coming along. Actually, I think I may expand my posts on her to a a first-ever Theme Week, if anyone would be interested.