In the future, law enforcement is carried out by teens, who retire
and take on real careers when they reach maturity. Dayoung Johansson, one of
these teen cops, discovers that megacorporation Quintum Mechanics has
committed multiple crimes against time and that her own timeline shouldn't even
The only solution is to screw her courage in place and
take her trusty standard-issue rocket pack back in time to 1986, where it all
started, and try to set things right.
I stole that joke from "Lumberjanes." Which is one of
just many reasons to love it. (Another reason is co-writer Noelle Stevenson, creator of webcomic Nimona and former "Adventure Time" comics writer.) It follows the tale of five girls, Jo, April,
Mal, Molly and Ripley, as they settle into summer camp at Miss Quinzella
Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. Our rowdy
crew of Lumberjane Scouts is not in for a tranquil time: three-eyed foxes,
giant eagles, yetis and creepy boy scouts hint at something untoward happening
in the woods...
Princess Lono spends her days in her father's court, reading
novels and dreaming of a bigger, more adventurous world. Her life is turned
upside down when her friend, Princess Pira of a neighbouring kingdom, brings
word of war between the two realms.
The two princesses make an escape
together, accompanied by a magical fire-dog. Although at first, Lono requires
the protection of the more fiery Pira, the complementary strengths of each help
them survive a world riddled with peril.
Amethyst is a little old-school, dating back to the early 1980s,
but it still holds up. And it really does have it all.
A young Earth girl finds out she's secretly a grown-up princess in another land -- with magical powers and a flying unicorn. Amethyst must save her kingdom from
her evil, usurping uncle using her wits, her powers and the help of her loyal
Amethyst recently had a
reboot in "Sword of Sorcery," but the classic really is impossible to
From a very young age, little girls are taught that princesses are
pretty and dainty and feminine. "Princess Ugg" teaches us that they can be other things -- such as muscled berserker warriors.
When Princess Ülga of Grimmeria's dying mother lays a quest upon her to find a
better way into the future for their warlike people, Ülga takes herself off to
the city's finest school for princesses to face the hardest battle of her life:
learning the fine art of diplomacy.
It's only fair to warn you
that you will encounter some blood and guts, but it's a comic book about berserker princesses, after all.
In medieval times, life was rough for almost everyone -- including
the tiny mousefolk. Set in the 12th century, Eisner-winning "Mouse
Guard" follows the adventures of the brave bucks and does of the eponymous
Mouse Guard, a group sworn to protect their civilian brothers and sisters.
Masked, caped, with a rapier wit and a rapier in hand, Paul Tobin
and Coleen Coover's Bandette is the sneaking scourge of Paris -- both the
criminal underground and the long arm of the law alike.
She was inspired by Fantômette, French literature's first female superhero. The tales of her
cat-burgling antics, egged on and supported by the citizens of the City of
Light, are a playful, never-a-dull-moment delight.
Think Pippi Longstocking, and Alice in Wonderland, all mixed up
with Treasure Island, and you might be approaching "Cursed Pirate
Girl." Our heroine swashes and buckles across the mythical Omerta seas,
searching for her long-lost father, finding lands of
wonder and fighting unimaginable perils.
And if the finely detailed ink-drawn
art doesn't make your little heart go pitter-pat, well, there's just no hope for
you in this world.
Hyperactive hypercolour 1980s cartoon "Jem and the
Holograms" -- about an all-girl rock band that uses holographic technology
for their stage shows -- is about to see a film reboot and an all-new comic to go along with it.
Issue 2 of the new series is starting the story of Jem and her pals from the beginning: how they
discover the holographic technology and get their band off the ground. Bonus: their amazing, amazing hair.
It can be hard to find jumping-on points for superhero comics,
but this mini-series starring the gals of Batman's Gotham City is a good place for a young
lady to get acquainted with the Bat-verse.
Based on the cartoon series of the
same name (and featuring the same cartoony art style), "Gotham Girls"
pits Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy against each other, fighting over a
vial of chemical formula -- and all three against the law: Batgirl and detective Renee Montoya.
Korgi, beautifully drawn by former Disney animator Christian
Slade, is something of a rarity: a completely "silent" comic (that
is, a comic with no words at all), which
makes it suitable for younger readers too. It follows the adventures of Ivy and
her corgi puppy Sprout in the magical Korgi Hollow, where corgis and
people live and work together in harmony.
Ivy and Sprout are a little more
adventurous than most… and those adventures and subsequent troubles lead them to
learn a few things about themselves along the way.
Some superhero names are titles rather than specific identities.
One of these is Ms Marvel, originally introduced in 1968 as a female
counterpart to Captain Marvel. Last year, the fourth heroine to take the Ms
Marvel mantle arrived: Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen, and the first
Muslim superhero to headline her own book. Gifted with shapeshifting
powers, Kamala's complicated life -- high school, crushes, struggling with her
faith and her traditional parents -- is eminently relatable.