Our top 5 list was incredibly difficult to compile. Even with the neverending discussion about the lack of good female characters in comics, there were so many that didn't make this top five that we'll probably need to do a part two further down the road. Every character in this list exemplifies positive, strong, and leading character qualities.
Wonder Woman - One of the names synonymous with superheroine, is Wonder Woman, who not only holds significance in comics but also in pop culture. Whether you know her from comic books or the Linda Carter television show, there's an undeniable power attached to her bracelets and lasso of truth. Currently, Brian Azzarello is telling an amazing Wonder Woman story involving Greek gods, and there's plenty of news and rumors flying about with the anticipation of Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the 2016 Batman/Superman film. The future looks bright for the Amazon warrior.
She-Hulk - We've talked about She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters before in previous blog posts. She is an attorney by day and giant hulking superheroine in her other spare time. Her involvement in the Marvel Universe spans the Avengers and more recently the Fantastic Four, and her love life allows for some of the funnier moments in comics.
Alana from Saga - There's a lot that's been said about why Saga is the breakout hit it's become. Yes, it's an amazing and unique story. Yes, there's a cute baby with horns. Yes, Fiona Staples' art is some of the best stuff being done in entertainment right now. Yes, the characters that Brian K. Vaughan has brought to life are aliens but they're more human than 90% of the characters coming out of this medium. Alana does things only a mother would do and she does them without superpowers or weapons. She shows us what women are made of.
Betty & Veronica - Here are the most famous BFFs in comics, Betty & Veronica--the blonde and the brunette; the girl next door and the rich spoiled girl. Their classic love triangle with Archie has endured for 75 years! Such longevity and influence means that there is a little bit of Betty & Veronica wherever love and comics are involved.
Persepolis - In Persepolis, Marji lives in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution. Rebellious in nature, Marji struggles inwardly and outwardly at the oppression forced upon her family and friends, such as segregation, arranged marriages, and the obligation to wear a veil. Her intelligence, humor, and strength carry her through turmoil unfamiliar to most readers, but her perseverance is a universally recognized trait—and one that gives her story its deserved acclaim.
That's it! We narrowed it down to five, who would you have put at the top of this list?
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