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March 8 is International Women’s Day, which means it’s the perfect time to take another look at some awesome female superheroes! Some of these characters have been around for decades, while others are fairly new creations. Even though superheroes are more popular than ever, many great female heroes are almost completely unknown outside of comic books! Here are just a few characters that you may not have heard of, but will be glad you did!
Make sure to also check out our Awesome Female Superheroes Part I for even more cool heroes!
First introduced in 2014, Kamala Khan was a nerdy teenager from Jersey City, New Jersey. That is, until she was exposed to the mysterious Terrigen Mist — a mutating vapour! It gave her the the ability to shapeshift into almost anyone. Kamala became the current Ms. Marvel after her idol, Carol Danvers, decided to change from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel. (Yes, it's a bit confusing.) Since then, she’s helped to keep her hometown safe, and has also joined a number of teams, including the Champions, a team of fellow teens. As a Pakistani-American, Kamala was actually the first practising Muslim character to star in her own self-titled book!
Textless variant cover of Ms. Marvel #2 (March 2014). Art by Jorge Molina. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 2014 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Originally a member of the X-Men, Storm, born Ororo Munroe, has become one of Marvel’s most recognizable characters. Growing up as an orphan in Cairo, she was later worshipped as a goddess because of her amazing mutant powers! In the Marvel universe, mutants are people born with something called the X-Gene, which gives them superpowers. In Storm’s case, it gave her the ability to control the weather, and to fly using air currents. She was eventually recruited to be a member of the X-Men, and has since gone on to lead many versions of the team!
Character art by Jim Lee for X-Men Series 1 (1992) Impel Marketing trading cards. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © 1992 Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Squirrel Girl might not be as well known as Spider-Man or Doctor Strange, but she does share one very important thing with them: they were all co-created by artist Steve Ditko! Squirrel Girl, real name Doreen Green, was born with a number of squirrel like powers: a big, bushy, prehensile tail (that means it can grasp things), razor sharp claws, and the ability to talk to squirrels! Those might not sound like the most powerful abilities, but she’s used them to defeat ultra powerful villains like Doctor Doom! Aside from her work as a superhero, she has also worked as a babysitter for the super-couple Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Cover for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6 by Kamome Shirahama. All Marvel characters and the distinctive likeness(es) thereof are Trademarks & Copyright © Marvel Characters, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
The first Liberty Belle, Libby Lawrence, fought crime mostly during World War II. Her powers were triggered by the sound of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, and included super strength and speed! After fighting with the All-Star Squadron, she eventually settled down with the super speedy hero Johnny Quick. More recently, their daughter, Jesse Chambers, has adopted her mother’s crime fighting persona as her own!
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