5 feminist comic books you need to add to your quarantine reading list


5 feminist comic books you need to add to your quarantine reading list

Prelude to the fall of patriarchy

By Ankita Maneck  April 29th, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us to stay at home and spend the extra time that we had into doing something productive (or not). If you’re tired of watching shows on streaming services (or if your WiFi has run out), and but you still feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading a book, we’ve got just the solution. Check out these cool feminist comics books which are more than just mindless entertainment. They’re well thought out pieces of satire, allegory, and humor that put them at the forefront of diabolical feminism with their ideas and thought processes.

Ms Marvel

Born in 2014, this comic book became one of the most important feminist comics to come from a giant like Marvel. Ms Marvel is the moniker for Kamala Khan, a Muslim raised in an American suburb of New Jersey. Her origin story has an echo of Spiderman—she's an ordinary teen till a green mist sweeps across the world and activates her latent alien genes, and she now has shape-shifting superpowers. 

Man Eater

Sci-fi fantasy hits a feminist satirical peak with Man Eater. In this alternative world, women have a disease called Toxoplasmosis. When women start getting their period cycle, they turn into killer cats. Let’s say its a metaphorical version of what happens when PMS hits us.

Catch Neil Gaiman at his best as he conjures up a comic book story with a feminist self-rediscovery arc. 

The story follows the two demi goddesses’ quest for revenge as it takes them through a journey of self-discovery while they traverse through a metropolis and the amazon jungle. 

Bonuses: Since it’s a part of the DC universe, it also features Batman, Swampthing and of course, the much-hated, much-loved supervillain Lex Luthor. 

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What would a world without men look like?

After a virus wipes out all men from the face of the earth, women rebuild the society and the comic follows their existential angst. 

Bitch Planet

If women don't adhere to the patriarchal standards of beauty, behaviour, or do something to tick a man off, you're banished to the 'bitch planet' where the residents have to battle each other for survival. 

This absurdist allegory by Kelly Sue DeConnick (who also wrote Captain Marvel) is a story set in a dystopian future. Also lookout for the striking artwork by artist Valentine De Landro which brings life to DeConnick's ideas beautifully.