If you’re looking to spice up your reading list, look no further. Whether you’re a fan of DC or Marvel, of romance stories or haunting horrors, we’ve got the books for you. These feminist graphic novels and comic books are packed with girl power and will make the perfect additions to your home library.
Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen, Noelle Stevenson
This fun comic book series follows a group of awesome girls as they attend a summer camp. The friends quickly discover that the camp is more than meets the eye, and they set out to uncover the secret of the strange creatures surrounding the camp. This series is wonderfully enthralling, and each book closes with a mixtape track list created by one of the characters, so you can continue enjoying your favorite fictional friends long after you close the book.
Gotham Academy by Bethany Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher
Are you looking to dive into the world of DC Comics but feel daunted by Batman’s extensive backstory? Never fear: Gotham Academy is here to take you inside the world of Gotham from the perspective of two new female protagonists. This series follows Olive and Maps, best friends who are desperate to discover the mysteries of Gotham Academy.
Ms. Marvel series by G. Willow Wilson
More of a Marvel fan? No problem! The Ms. Marvel comic series takes place after Carol Danvers becomes Captain Marvel, centering around a 16-year-old Pakistani-American powerhouse named Kamala Khan. The epic tales of Ms. Marvel are so compelling that the first book in the series won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story in 2015.
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St. Onge, Joy San
Set in 1963 and spanning 60 years, Bingo Love follows the ups and downs of a romance between two Black women. Separated as teenagers, Hazel and Mari later reunite at church bingo night, where their love reignites. This soaring romance proves that nothing withstands the test of time like true love.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
For graphic stories that will send a chill down your spine, check out Through the Woods. This collection of five short horror stories, based on fairy tales that have taken a seriously dark turn, is sure to keep you up all night. These stories feature mainly female protagonists, as well as a few female villains, and the gorgeously grotesque illustrations will have your skin crawling.
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
Rounding out our list of fantastic feminist graphic novels and comic books is this illustrated memoir by Alison Bechdel. The creator of the Bechdel test, a feminist test by which many works of literature and film are measured, wrote this graphic memoir as a companion piece to her earlier and more well-known work Fun Home. Are You My Mother? analyzes Bechdel’s relationship with her mother, a struggling amateur actor who is married to a closeted gay man.