Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there.
What I Thought:
A bit of a departure for me this one, but The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is actually a really great look at women in comics and how they have changed and innovated over the years. There are the very, very well-known characters here, like Supergirl and Wonder Woman, but there are many others that you probably will have never heard of, which is a shame. There rezally is no reason why any of these women could not have been as big as their male counterparts as – guess what? Women read comics and graphic novels too.
Split into decades from the 1930s, the book features a precis of each character, with examples of their artwork and commentary on where their stories could have been improved to give them a longer life. This format works really well and have given me several new comic collections and graphic novels to explore, including some freely available online.
From indie publishers to the comic giants, this books is a fantastic introduction to a collection of women that every little girl can aspire to be – move over Superman…
Please note: I was sent this book for review purposes – all opinions are, as ever, my own.