I came across a verrrrrrrry interesting Tumblr post today about awesome comics with kick-ass ladies in it, and then promptly ordered most of them (bless you, gift card!)
For those of you who have read these, please confirm I'm not making a horrible mistake. I essentially got the ones I don't have already/have a trade paperback easily accessible. When will the new Captain Marvel have TPB of the first X issues? I LOVE TRADE PAPERBACKS. Makes life soooo much easier.
Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
Lazarus is the story of Forever Carlyle, the "Lazarus" of the Family Carlyle, in this dystopian America where the government collapses and corporations took over. What is a Lazarus? Well, Forever has been genetically manipulated to heal from almost all wounds and more. She is the Family's sword and scalpel, designed to protect them and kill anyone who would harm the Family. But she's also a human being and finds herself morally conflicted on many aspects of her job.
I've always loved Greg Rucka's writing (the first thing I read of his was Queen & Country and it remains my favorite) and Michael Lark's artwork is particularly excellent (he always worked by Rucka on Gotham Central, which is another amazing series). Both of them combined to create one amazing, awesome look at the future. And the first trade paperback, Lazarus Vol 1: Family, is out now.
Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios
What if I told you this was a Western about Death's daughter named Deathface Ginny? But it's not told from her perspective. Instead, it's told by a skeletal bunny named Bones Bunny and a butterfly. And they aren't just telling her story, but also the story of Sissy and Fox and Big Alice. And the story is about life and death and Death and it's weird and wonderful and so incredibly smart, you'll read it and be amazed.
I think I got a bit off-track there, but seriously, this is an amazing book.
Oh, yeah, and right now all the issues have been collected into a trade paperback calledPretty Deadly Vol 1: The Shrike.
What you need to know to read it: Absolutely nothing.
Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
I know what you're probably thinking: "Red Sonja? You mean the one with the chainmail bikini." Yes, that one. It's better than you think. In fact, it's better and funnier than what you think.
The character of Red Sonja has always stepped on that fine line between kickass female character and…well, not. The problem was that there tended to be a lot of baggage - her origin was…not good (it involved her getting raped and then getting fighting skills by having to swear that she would only lay with a man who could beat her in fair combat).
Gail Simone ejects all that baggage and remakes Red Sonja anew. And it she is all the better for it: she is fun and funny and awesome. She makes jokes and shoots people with arrows and sleeps with whomever she likes. One current running gag is all about how Red Sonja, not having bathed for a few weeks, is really stinky (and thus cannot get laid). It is, in fact, one of the funniest books out there and you, yes you, should read it.
The first volume of Gail Simone's run, Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues, is out now.
What you need to know to read it: Nothing, since Red Sonja's new origins are retold.
Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
From the team that brought you Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes Velvet: a swirling swim through spy fiction, where the main character, Velvet Templeton, starts off as a Ms. Moneypenny type character…and then shows everyone that she is so much more.
I've always liked Brubaker's writing, but it's Epting's artwork that makes this book so amazing. Everything is so detailed, it looks like what a spy movie would look like. And Velvet Tempteton is an amazing character, one of the few female characters who is actually in her forties and still kicking ass.
What you need to know to read it: Nothing, it's all self-contained, baby.
[Descriptions via The Lonely Skeptic on Tumblr]
I also picked something up called Fatale. It's written by Ed Brubaker which makes me really interested.
Fatale chronicles the life of Josephine, or "Jo", an archetypal femme fatale who is seemingly immortal, having survived from the 1930s to the modern day unaged, and also has a supernatural ability to hypnotize men into becoming intensely infatuated with her, whether she wants them to be or not.
How could I say no??
Who has read these before?