15 Graphic Novels for Women’s History Month 2021!

Published March 3rd, 2021

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What’s going on Third Eye Faithful?

March is WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, and what a more perfect time to celebrate some of our favorite women in comic books! We’ve put together a list of 15 books written and/or illustrated by women depicting strong femme leads, unlikely team ups, coming of age stories and more!

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1. MONSTRESS VOL 1

(W) Marjorie M. Liu (A/CA) Sana Takeda

WHAT’S THE SCOOP: Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. Collects MONSTRESS #1-6.

NIMONA

(W/A/CA) Noelle Stevenson

WHAT’S THE SCOOP: The full-color graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

3. WAKANDA FOREVER

(W) Nnedi Okorafor (A) Alberto Alburquerque & Various (CA) Terry Dodson

WHAT’S THE SCOOP: The Dora Milaje are venturing out of Wakanda – and adventuring across the Marvel Universe! It’s Wakanda’s best warriors – Okoye, Ayo and Aneka – on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. When they discover a threat from their homeland causing trouble in New York, they’ll leap into action – with or without their king. And that brings them to Spider-Man’s friendly neighborhood! But former Dora Milaje member Nakia, A.K.A. Malice, has set a trap to lure the Black Panther into her obsessive clutches – beginning by taking out his one true love, Storm of the X-Men! And when T’Challa joins the fight, he brings a few mighty friends with him – and that means Okoye, Ayo and Aneka will assemble alongside the Avengers! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WAKANDA FOREVER, X-MEN: WAKANDA FOREVER and AVENGERS: WAKANDA FOREVER and BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1.

4. DRAMA

(W/A/CA) Raina Telgemeier

WHAT’S THE SCOOP: Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

5. KIM AND KIM VOL 1

WHAT’S THE SCOOP: Kim & Kim are 20-something besties making a name for themselves in the wild world of inter-dimensional cowboy law enforcement. A day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm, Kim & Kim puts queer women and trans women front and center in an adventure that’s bright, happy, punk rock, sci fi & queer as all get-out.

6. LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Rosemary Valero O Connell

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? From This One Summer co-creator Mariko Tamaki comes a hilarious and poignant story of teen heartbreak and friendship.
Laura Dean, the most popular girl in high school, was Frederica Riley’s dream girl: charming, confident, and SO cute. There’s just one problem: Laura Dean is maybe not the greatest girlfriend.
Reeling from her latest break up, Freddy’s best friend, Doodle, introduces her to the Seek-Her, a mysterious medium who leaves Freddy some cryptic parting words: Break up with her. But Laura Dean keeps coming back, and as their relationship spirals further out of her control, Freddy has to wonder if it’s really Laura Dean that’s the problem. Maybe it’s Freddy, who is rapidly losing her friends, including Doodle, who needs her now more than ever. Fortunately for Freddy, there are new friends and the insight of advice columnists like Anna Vice to help her through being a teenager in love.

7. AYA LOVE IN YOP CITY

(W) Marguerite Abouet (A/CA) Clement Oubrerie

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Aya: Love in Yop City comprises the final three chapters of the Aya story, episodes never before seen in English. Aya is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country’s history. This second volume of the complete Aya includes unique appendices – recipes, guides to understanding Ivorian slang, street sketches, and concluding remarks from Marguerite Abouet explaining history and social milieu. Inspired by Abouet’s childhood, the series has received praise for offering relief from the disaster-struck focus of most stories set in Africa.

8. EL DEAFO

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A/CA) Jillian Tamaki

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? A 2015 Newbery Honor Book! Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful – and very awkward – hearing aid. She wants to fit in and find a true friend. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for.

9. HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 01 DIE LAUGHING

(W) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti (A) Chad Hardin & Various (CA) Amanda Conner

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Welcome back to Harley Quinn’s crazy world on Coney Island…now get ready to wave goodbye, because everyone there just might get eaten alive! Harley’s gotta protect her neighborhood against an all-out zombie apocalypse! Break out the chainsaws, everybody! Then, Harley must set out on a journey that will take her around the world-and into the clutches of a bizarre robotic enemy! And Harley carves her way through the rock underground of New York City, looking for the criminals who hurt someone she cared about…unfortunately, one of the crooks in question has fallen in love with her. Collects issues #1-7.

10. MERCY

(W/A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Artgerm

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? This new graphic novel by acclaimed creator MIRKA ANDOLFO (UNNATURAL) is a gothic horror tale where mysteries and unspeakable sins are blended together in a unique and sensual way.

Washington State, late nineteenth century. During the frenzied historical era commonly known as the Klondike Gold Rush, a mysterious woman arrives in Woodsburgh, a small mining town close to the Canadian border.

It’s been a few years since the Swanson mine was closed following the terrible accident that claimed the lives of so many men and women, including the owner’s and the city it’s still struggling in search for a new place on the map of the country.

Elegant and extraordinarily wealthy, Lady Hellaine arrives in the city accompanied by her faithful butler Goodwill and settles in one of the most luxurious mansions in town. A lifestyle that contrasts sharply with that of the majority of the population, forced to choose between humble crafts and illegal activities.

11. LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP

(W) L.L. McKinney (A) Robyn Smith

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazon-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor’s cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, they wouldn’t want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she’s reminded of how people see her: as a threat. Her moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can’t deny the fire within her, even if she’s a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst.
From the witty and powerful voice behind A Blade So Black, and with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity, and kicking it with your squad.

12. PUMPKINHEADS

(W) Rainbow Rowell (A/CA) Faith Erin Hicks

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1st. But this Halloween is different; this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if, instead of moping, and instead of the usual-slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut-they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years. Available in softcover and hardcover editions.

14. VAGRANT QUEEN VOL 01 

(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Jason Smith

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Former child queen Elida was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

14) GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS 100 IMMIGRANT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD

(W) Elena Favilli (A) Various

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.

15. SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL TP VOL 01 EARTH GIRL MADE EASY

(W) Cecil Castellucci & Various (A) Marley Zarcone & Various (CA) Becky Cloonan

WHAT’S THE SCOOP? On the planet Meta, young Loma steals the madness coat that once belonged to Rac Shade and makes a break across galaxies to take up residence in a new body: Earth girl Megan Boyer. Only now Loma learns that Megan was a bully whom everyone hated, and Loma has to survive high school with the ever-growing and uncontrollable madness at her side-not to mention there are people back on her homeworld who might just want Shade’s coat back. Collects issues #1-6.