I love Rat Queens. And I love webcomics. So when comics publisher and creator Spike Trotman tweeted this:
In light of Rat Queens disappointing everybody: Women/NB creators, tweet me w/links to your cool comics starring tuff gals. I'll RT.
— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) May 17, 2016
I dove in face-first (I’m not gonna write a post around the RQ team mess because other people have done it better than me here and here). So if, like me and half the internet, you’re feeling an all-too-familiar ache in your chest this week, here are some of my favorites from the thread that Trotman started.
Mildred Louis’ webcomic follows a team of young women through their college years as they not only defend the planet, but navigate their early twenties. It’s everything you could want from a magical girl team up and more.
If you’re a fan of failed wizards in Victorian-era West Yorkshire then you’re gonna like Widdershins. Kate Ashwin pairs the stoic and determined pipe-smoking Harriet Barber across from whimsical and clueless Sidney Malik for a chemistry that is both natural and entertaining.
I fell into a hole with this one. In Ariel Ries’ creation, witches earn their power from the length of their hair but those with hair deemed too long are destroyed. Nyeve loses a loved one to this latter condition early on, causing her to hide her true hair from those around her. Vibrant and compelling, Witchy excels in world creation and characterization in just the few first pages.
I try to do short summaries of each of these comics in my own words, but Nilah Magruder’s description of M.F.K. is too good:
“In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity.
This story is not about that youth.
It’s about Abbie, who just wants to get to the mountain range called the Potter’s Spine, scatter her mother’s ashes, and then live out her life in sweet, blissful solitude. Unfortunately, everyone she meets wants to either whine at her about their woes, tag along on her quest, arrest her for no reason, or blow her to bits.
Journeys are hard on the social recluses of the world.”
Emily Riesbeck and David John Mitchell partner for this MtF led superhero story. Chloe becomes the Blue Valkyrie when she discovers her super powers on a fluke. The story has a diverse cast and a distinct, strong voice–it’s really refreshing.
If you want more, the full thread is here.