Every year I like to create a guide with “alternative” (ie not stereotypical) gift ideas for girls. They also work for boys.
Last year, toys didn’t really take into account. At least new toys – like we got to know from LEGO, Star Wars, Dolls and superheroes.
But – superheroes are still popular with our daughter, and she bought a lot of comics this year. What I really noticed is how much effort the mainstream industry is putting into creating / repackaging comics for girls.
I guess this is a potentially controversial observation – but I see that female characters and creators get more visibility and stories that focus more on character and emotions than on fantasies of power and high-tech violence.
Does that mean these titles are for girls? I would say absolutely yes – but that doesn’t mean that male fans are excluded. As an individual, I really enjoyed these titles.
Anyway, here is our comic gift guide for girls (and boys).
Started this year DC Zoom is a DC Comics reprint with titles for Readers from 8-12 years,
They show many well-known DC characters, but often in retold origins and background stories. They also have some great titles female protagonists,
Written by none other than Suddenly Princess Author Meg CabotThis is a nice mix of teen drama and superhero adventure.
In this story, Dinah Lance is an ambitious 13-year-old who doesn’t just want to fight crime – she first has to win the band’s struggle and deal with the consequences of a mysterious stranger’s actions.
Second DC Super Hero Girls
DC have redesigned their recently girl-focused line with a new look and all new stories.
Like our daughter, I’m a fan of the update, and this title and brand continue to be a great way to introduce girls to superhero comics and delight existing young fans.
Third Dear Justice League
This is a fun comic in which the legendary Justice League heroes answer questions from their biggest fans – kids!
Written by the writer Michael Northrop with delightful art by Gustavo Duarte, you will find answers to burning questions such as How was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday? Or Does Aquaman smell like fish?
This is another DC Comics print, this time aimed at the YA (Young Adult) market from 13 years (But I was more than happy that our 7 year old daughter read this).
Raven – in her Teen Titans Go! Disguise – is a strong favorite of our daughter. She also loved this dark, teenage-frightened retelling of the characters’ origins.
Written by best-selling author Kami Garcia, with almost monochrome art by Gabriel Picolo, this is a story of surprising depth and nuance.
After your authorization, turn into the Aquaman Mera gets her own DC Ink title from award-winning author Danielle Paige and illustrator Stephen Byrne.
An exciting story of youthful romance and palace intrigue unfolds here, with the simple coloring emphasizing the aquatic environment and the jet-black hair of the main character.
Marvel has tried to target a similar market that is younger and more feminine.
The main thing they did was to reissue current (and not current) relevant comic series in the new smaller format that DC Ink favored.
These offer excellent value for money because they consist of 8-12 special prints compared to the usual 6 – but at the same price (or even at a lower price).
This was my happiest discovery of the year. It is about the writer Jeremy Whitley and the artist Elsa Charretier about the previously unknown Nadia Pym, the long-lost daughter of the original ant man Hank Pym.
What made this series so delightful was the unbridled optimism of the character (who has been in captivity for years despite its backstory).
Collect issues 1-8 of The unstoppable wasp (2017)
Another fun new discovery was the adventures of African-American teen technician Lunella Lafayette, known to her classmates as Moon Girl, and one of Jack Kirby’s late seventies Marvel creations, Devil Dinosaur.
This first collection, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur: The Beginning, is a TPB with an excellent price-performance ratio Moon girl and devil dinosaur (2015).
The follow-up collection Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur: Full Moon (Issues No. 13-24) is due to be published in January 2020.
8th. Mrs. Marvel
Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teenager, showed up in 2014, and mainstream comics may never have been the same.
Marvel’s first Muslim character to write her own comic was an instant hit with fans.
If you haven’t read this yet, Marvel has released two great collections this year:
Mrs. Marvel: Kamala Khan This collects issues 1-11 plus material from Brand new miracle NOW! Point one
And Ms. Marvel: Metamorphosis, with problems No. 12-19 plus SIGN. (2014) # 2 and Amazing spider-man (2014) # 7-8.
Kate Bishop – confusingly also called Hawkeye – debuted in 2005 in the Young Avengers.
She also played a key role in the 2012 series by Matt Fraction and David Aja Falkenauge (supposedly about Clint Barton, but who knows …)
This collects her own series, written by Kelly Thompson, supported by Leonardo Romero. LA-based Kate from Venice Beach decides to start a career as a private investigator.
This collects issues # 1-12 from Falkenauge (No, not the one mentioned above – another Hawkeye series!)
The title was canceled after issue # 18. The final collection of 6 issues can be found in the graphic novel Hawkeye: family reunion.
Jump from the comics into the mainstream of the great cartoon Spider-Man: In the spider verse (which you should definitely see if you haven’t already) was Spider-Gwen.
An alternative Earth version (this old chestnut) of Peter Parker’s famous, dead ex-girlfriend. Here she is introduced as a female arachnid arachnid, with a chic outfit, a troubled past and drums for high school rock band The Mary Jane.
Another great collection of values, this has its introduction of Edge of the spider’s verse # 2, Spider-Gwen # 1-5 (2015) and the following Spider-Gwen (2015) # 1-6.
Other Comic suggestions
11. Crystal warriors
This is one that our daughter just picked up at the comic book store.
By Frau & Mann team from Jen Bartel (artist) and Tyler Bartel (writer), crystal fighters is a chic and modern high school drama that includes fantasy, science fiction, virtual reality, and teen fear.
It is a small book in terms of content, as the 144 pages believe that there are often only a few panels per page. But this is an imaginative and engaging story that our daughter loved.
12. Go, girl, go!
Ok, not really a comic – but I wanted it to be somewhere.
This entertaining picture book basically has one goal – to get rid of the misconception that vehicles, from tractors to spaceships, are something only little boys are interested in.
On 40 pages, the author Frances Gilbert shows with the illustrator Allison Black a sequence of girls who drive different vehicles.
In minimal words, this is ideal for an early reader and is perfect for every little child – boy or girl.
13th DC: Women in Action
Even less of a “comic”, this is a fantastic celebration of female DC characters.
The author is Shea Fontana, who was also the writer of the earlier DC Super Hero Girls comics and various other DC titles.
This would make a nice gift for anyone who already loves female superheroes – or even for someone you think might be interested.
There is also a Marvel book that does the same for her female characters Powers of a girl, We haven’t read this book, so we can only recommend it if we say it looks pretty cool too (and is on our daughter’s gift list).
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