In recent years, the conversation of female superheroes has started to change. Where we once saw the industry largely dominated by male readers, the ratio of male to female comic book readers has certainly changed. Some of the more optimistic and less cynical comic book fans believe that movies like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy having more prominent female characters in their line-ups, and the fact that the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film will finally be bringing us a big-screen version of Wonder Woman, that comic books are finally becoming more accessible to women.
#7. Thor (Jane Foster)
Jane Foster was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in 1962’s “Journey into Mystery” #84. After several years as Thor’s earthly paramour, her memories of her experiences were temporarily removed by Odin, after she failed an unfair test as an Asgardian goddess. She would subsequently marry another man, a doctor by the name of Robert Kincaid. However, the marriage ended in divorce and Jane opened a medical practice with the revived Donald Blake near the site of the recently resurrected city of Asgard.
#6. Super Girl
Clark Kent (Ka-El) wasn’t the only Kryptonian from the House of El to be sent to planet Earth just moments before the destruction of Krypton – Kara Zor-El (aka Kara Danvers) made it to the planet too and is equal in ability to Superman, though Superman seems to have made it to Earth first, is older, and has had some time to grow accustomed to his role as “the big blue boy scout.” Of course, anyone with the seemingly limitless power of a Kryptonian under Earth’s yellow sun is going to make the list.
The newest member of our list, Singularity was created only a couple of years ago in 2015 by Marguerite Bennett, G. Willow Wilson, and Jorge Molina. She first appeared in the inaugural issue of “A-Force,” an all-female squad of Avengers led by She-Hulk. During “Secret Wars,” Singularity ultimately sacrificed her life to save her new friends from a zombie invasion from the Deadlands. She reappeared in the reborn Marvel Universe with her memories intact but had a difficult time reconnecting with her friends, who had no memory of their time on Battleworld.
#4. Sue Storm
Unfortunately, Sue is probably one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe. The comics have done some justice for her powers and persona. She’s no longer relegated to the arm candy of Namor or husband Reed Richards. Heck, during the Civil War story-arch she left Reed and literally blew the roof off of their skyscraper home, the Four Freedom Plaza. This is not something the character would have done in her first appearance in 1961.
#3. Wonder Woman
Of course, Wonder Woman was going to be on this list. Wonder Woman, like Superman, almost too powerful. A lot of people think this makes the character unbelievable because she could apprehend any foe in a matter of seconds. Obviously, DC raises the stakes with villains of equal ability, but their is another reason characters of almost immeasurable power are interesting to read: despite the fact that they can do almost anything they want, they still always choose to do the right and moral thing. Sure, there have been some disappointing occasions where this rule has been broken, but for the most part, this rule stays in place within the pages of Wonder Woman.
#2. Jean Grey
Jean Grey is what’s known in Marvel comics as an Omega-grade mutant, putting her on a level with the likes of Magneto and Professor X himself.
She has telepathic powers equal to those mentioned with Emma Frost, and her telekinetic abilities put Frost’s to shame.
Jean Grey has merged with an entity known as the Phoenix, that increases her powers to immeasurable levels. When in the Phoenix state, Grey’s abilities are so strong she can rearrange matter at the sub-atomic level, causing just about any object (or living thing) she concentrates on to completely disintegrate. This Phoenix Force has made Grey mentally unstable in the past, resulting in her becoming on of the X-men’s greatest threats. This idea was shown in the depressingly bad X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand. However, the story line was done quite well in the now classic X-Men animated series of the 1990’s.
#1. Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)
Currently billed as Earth’s Mightiest Hero, Carol Danvers’ path to the spotlight hasn’t been easy. Created in 1968 by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, Danvers first appeared as NASA’s Cape Canaveral security chief in “Marvel Super-Heroes” #13. She became Ms. Marvel after several adventures alongside the first Captain Marvel, finally gaining her own super powers from a damaged Kree device called the Psyche-Magnitron, which turned dreams into reality.