Top 10 Graphic Novels With Strong Female Characters

Top 10 Graphic Novels with Strong Female Characters

Graphic novels aren’t just for boys. Check out the following 10 titles from OPL’s collection to read about strong female protagonists, both real and imagined, many of which have won coveted Eisner Awards.

Saga Vol. 1Saga

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Illustrated by Fiona Staples

Two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic ware fall in love and risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. This is the sweeping tale of a young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.

HomeFun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Written by Alison Bechdel

A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father–a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual.


Written by Marjane Satrapi

The great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions between public and private life.


Ms. MarvelMs. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal

Written by G. Willow Wilson

Illustrated by: Adrian Alphona

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear?

Paper Girls Vol. 1Paper Girls

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Illustrated by Cliff Chiang

In the early hours after Halloween on 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

LumberJanesLumberJanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Written by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, Brooke Allen, and Shannon Watters

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

Honor Girl Honor Girl

Written by Maggie Thrash

Maggie Thrash has spent many summers at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. She’s from Atlanta, she’s never kissed a guy, she’s into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing . . . until one confounding moment. Maggie’s savant-like proficiency at the camp’s rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding.

DeliriumLow Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope

Written by Rick Remender

Illustrated by Greg Tocchini

Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope.

In Real LifeReal Life

Written by Cory Doctorow

Illustrated by Jen Wang

Anda spends most of her time playing a massively-multiplayer role playing game online. Inside, she befriends a gold farmer- a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them rich players. This is strictly against the rules of the game, but Anda begins to question what is right and wrong when she realizes that a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.


Written and Illustrated by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. As sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, the two are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission is to prove that a group, led by Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as the mischief escalates into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers may be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


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