Only Dick Grayson would move to New York, sleep with a fashion designer on the first night, accidentally become a male model, then end up walking down a high-profile runway in a design based on HIS OWN COSTUME
Everything doesn’t have to be about fear. There’s room in our line of work for hope, too.
A mix for Stephanie Brown: Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl; aggressively optimistic and stubbornly hopeful, a light in the darkness that refuses to fade away.
01. Crucify (Tori Amos) 02. Brave (Sara Bareilles) 03. Grace Kelly (Mika) 04. Smile (Janelle Monáe) 05. Girl (Tori Amos) 06. The Draw (Bastille) 07. I Am Not A Robot (Marina & The Diamonds) 08. Carry On (Fun) 09. Pompeii (Sonic Session) (Bastille) 10. The Cave (Mumford & Sons) 11. If Not Now… (Tracy Chapman) 12. When I’m Gone (Phil Ochs) 13. Anthem (Leonard Cohen) 14.I Saw A Bird Fly Away (Dar Williams) 15. Can’t Go Back Now (The Weepies) 16. Don’t Give Up (Noisettes) 17. Flying Without You (Laura Mvula) 18. I’m Still Standing (Elton John) 19. Ordinary Day (Great Big Sea) 20. Twilight Galaxy (Metric)
hellooo! as a lady who reads lots of comics, do you mind recommending some series? my only experience so far has been with neil gaiman, greg rucka, gingerhaze's nimona, plus a few issues of scott pilgrim and buffy. you're 100% responsible for me starting on tamora pierce's books, and you're super aware of the importance of ladies of all kinds in media, so i feel like i can trust you. :') sorry if that seems like pressure!!! you're super cool ok thank u & plz take ur time xxxxxx ::mrow::
Awww, thank you, I’m super flattered ^_^
I’m by no means a comics expert, but here are some comics that I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve bolded titles that are currently running, and I’ve included the publication year of the first issue in parentheses, for clarity’s sake (there tends to be multiple series with the same title, and it can get confusing).
Birds of Prey (1996): Starring some of my favorite ladies in the DCU (Oracle and Black Canary), and the title that really got me hooked on cape comics. The first part of the series is fairly decent, and you’ll definitely want to read the first few several issues for context, but it really gets good when Gail Simone starts writing (issue #56). Be warned: the writing is really good, but the artwork is sometimes side-eye-worthy. Also be warned that there are instances where leading ladies get kidnapped with gross sexual underovertones.
Batgirl (2000): This run stars Cassandra Cain, who’s absolutely fantastic. (Note: I’m in love with all the Batgirls, and will call all of them fantastic at some point or another. Because they are.) Cass is introduced in the clusterfuck of the No Man’s Land event in Batman (feel free to wikipedia it for details), and you can read it if you’d like, but I think you’d be okay just jumping into Batgirl. Just be aware that the title isn’t Cass’s first appearance, and if anything confuses you, google it (google is your friend when it comes to figuring out comics continuity). If you are interested at looking at her storyline prior to the Batgirl title (which is actually pretty interesting), this is a good reference for titles and reading order. Also, be aware that Cass’s origin is super dark, and includes a lot of violence and child abuse.
Stephanie Brown: Another Batgirl, also fantastic. But the thing about Steph is that she didn’t get her own title until her run of Batgirl, which happened waaaaaaay after she was introduced and experienced several important shorelines under her first moniker, Spoiler. A good summary of what you should read and in what order is here and here. WARNING: Steph gets fridged in the Batman War Games arc, because DC hates everything that is good in the world. She does eventually come back, but the way they kill her off is pretty horrific, and involves explicit torture. Also be aware that her backstory involves child abuse. Note that I’ve only read pieces of Steph’s run at this point, but she’s overall a fantastic character, and I know lots of people who adore her.
Young Avengers (2005): A diverse team of teenage superhero dorkfaces, aka the best thing ever. They’re hilarious and fun, but the series also delves into serious issues like racism, drug abuse, and homophobia. After the first title, they make several other appearances (and even have a couple miniseries to themselves), see here for reading order. The latest run (Young Avengers, 2013) was fun, but not quite as good as the original. You should still read it, though, just for the character of America Chavez. Warning: Major character death in Children’s Crusade; you will cry. A lot. Also, be aware that at various points the books touch on sexual assault, drug addiction, torture, child abuse, and systemic racism, among other things.
Hawkeye (2012): Hawkeye (Clint Barton) of Avengers fame, on the days he’s not Avengering. Also starring Hawkeye (Kate Bishop) of the Young Avengers, who is generally a wonderful perfect princess. Also features the amazing Pizza Dog. It’s a great stand-alone series, and you should definitely read it. Warning for animal abuse in the first issue, but don’t worry, everything works out okay.
Captain Marvel (2012): Starring Carol Danvers (formerly Ms. Marvel). Apparently they’re rebooting the series with a new first issue? Not sure exactly how that’s working, but in any case, Carol is great, and so is Kelly Sue DeConnick (the author).
Avengers Assemble (2012): I’ve been having a lot of fun with this title. It was kind of meant as a starting point to get into the Avengers comics, and it’s really approachable. As it goes on, you get to meet a bunch of the lesser-known Avengers characters, who are pretty great. The title gets really good once Kelly Sue DeConnick takes over writing it (issue #9).
She-Hulk (2004): Starring Jen Walters, superpowered Avenger AND superpowered lawyer. The series is fairly lighthearted, with lots of hilarious comics meta (Jen works at a law office specializing in cases involving superhumans. It goes about as well as you’d expect) and Jen is a joy to read. They just now rebooted the title (the first issue came out last week), and it looks really promising.
Ms. Marvel (2014): Brand new series (the first issue came out a couple weeks ago) starring Kamala Khan, an adorable Muslim teenage dorkface from Jersey City. (I have a thing about teenage superhero dorkfaces, if you couldn’t tell). The first issue was adorable, and the series looks super promising.
Fables (2002): Chronicling the stories of a bunch of fairytale characters uprooted from their respective homelands and now living in modern-day New York. I’m not at all up-to-date on the series, but the first several volumes are good, and you’ll probably enjoy them if you enjoy Neil Gaiman.
Saga (2012): Epic space fantasy! I’ve only read the first several issues, but they’re great, and I desperately need to catch up. According to other trustworthy sources, the series continues to be wonderful.
Girl Genius(webcomic): A fun-filled steampunk adventure with a plucky protagonist. I’ve only started it, but my mom and sister love it.
Digger(webcomic): a wacky high-fantasy adventure starring a talking wombat. It’s whimsical but really engaging, and the author, Ursula Vernon, has a voice like no other author I know. The series has wrapped up, but it’s still available online.
Standalone Graphic Novels:
Persepolis and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi: An autobiographical comic about the author’s childhood and young adulthood during and after the Islamic revolution in Iran. Heartfelt and engaging. Be aware that it touches on life in a war zone, as well as issues of depression and attempted suicide.
Maus by Art Spiegelman: A comic about the author’s father’s experiences in the Holocaust. Narrated using anthropomorphic mice. It works better than you’d expect. Warning for all the atrocities associated with the Holocaust.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel: A memoir about the author’s relationship with her father, involving his suicide, his sexuality, dysfunctional family life, and her process of coming out, among other things. The story is dark but poignant and fascinatingly structured.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: A collection of stories centering around Chinese-American identity. Really engaging and fun to read.
Not actually a comic (but you should read it anyway):
The Posterchildren by Kitty Burroughs: a novel about a diverse set of teenage superheroes at a superhero school. The characters are fantastic, the universe is fascinating, and Kitty does a fabulous job with representing a variety of identities. Right now Kitty is releasing monthly short-stories related to the universe; the second book will likely come out next year. If you read any superhero title, it should be this one.