Sometimes when you look around at all the superheroes it seems like it’s all Iron Dude, or Super Guy, or Bat Bro – but there are plenty of amazing girl superheroes, perfect for girl and boy super readers to enjoy. Let’s take a look at a few books to check out.
By Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson
Squirrel Girl, also known as Doreen Green, is a superhero in the Marvel Universe. She’s hung out with Iron Man, is pals with Wolverine, and was in the Avengers (but their smaller Great Lakes Avengers division). If she’s not as well known as those other heroes, it may be because her powers are not that impressive when you first hear about them. She has squirrel-like strength and speed, which is pretty strong by human standards. She can also talk to squirrels and get them to attack her enemies. Often though, Squirrel Girl prefers to avoid a fight, finding it better to defeat super-villains with her cheery personality and willingness to listen.
By Ben Hatke
Zita doesn’t technically have superpowers, but she is incredibly determined and knows how to wear a cape. She starts out as an ordinary kid on Earth who accidentally opens a portal to another galaxy while checking out a meteorite (it happens!). When her best friend, Joseph, gets sucked through the portal, Zita has to rescue him, facing aliens, robots, and doomed planets, in order to become an intergalactic hero.
By CeCe Bell
After CeCe loses most of her hearing as a young girl, she has to start grade four wearing a hearing aid that makes her stand out from the rest of her classmates. CeCe decides that her hearing aid gives her superpowers and comes up with a pretend alter ego – El Deafo! But even superheroes get lonely and CeCe has to figure out a way to use her powers to make friends.
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
Like the movie, Tangled, this is another re-telling of the Rapunzel fairytale where all that long hair turns out to be a mighty superpower rather than a curse. Here Rapunzel uses her hair like a lasso or a whip. She sets off with her friend Jack on a quest to rescue her mother, traveling across an epic Wild West landscape filled with baddies and cowboys.
By Mike Maihack
Cleopatra, a young teen getting ready to become queen of Egypt, finds herself transported from ancient Egypt to an alien planet far in the future, where she finds out she’s destined to save the universe. But before she can do all that she has to go back to school, to be trained in all the things ancient times didn’t prepare her for – like math, science… and shooting ray guns.