There’s nothing I love more than a strong, butt-kicking female heroine in graphic novels. You know who I’m talking about: a girl that is tough, smart and knows her way around a weapon. Sometimes they can be hard to find, but luckily YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens are full of them. Here’s a list of my favorite female graphic heroines.
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (2011 Great Graphic Novel for Teens)
Mirka doesn’t buy the whole “only boys can have swords and fights dragons” business her brother feeds her. She knows she’d be the best dragon slayer in Hereville if she only had a dragon-slaying sword and some dragons to slay. When she gets her wish, a dragon-slaying sword of her own, she finds out just how tough being a hero is.
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dale Hale and Nathan Hale (2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens)
Rapunzel’s the girl on want on my side in a fight. Not content to stay locked in the tower, Rapunzel busts herself out and then sets out to find the people who separated her family and to save her mother. Along the way she collects something of a merry band of riff-raff and gets into a scrap or two that requires her to whip out her secret weapon: her long, deadly braid.