Superhero comics are hardly sexism-free these days, but there’s no denying this is a great time for female superheroes. Wonder Woman made a huge comeback this summer, Kamala Khan is one of the most popular new superheroes of the decade, and everyone seems to be obsessed with Harley Quinn—despite the Suicide Movie movie being kind of a mess.
To help you get acquainted with some of the best female superheroes, we’ve put together a list of our favorites. They run the gamut from weird vintage characters (Ma Hunkel) to modern fan-faves (America Chavez), and several of them have their own screen adaptations in the works.
Laura Kinney, aka X-23, is Wolverine’s clone. She sometimes uses the Wolverine alias herself, armed with similar enhanced healing abilities and adamantium-coated claws. Created for the X-Men: Evolution animated series in 2003, she’s since become a fan-favorite character and appeared in numerous comics, both as an adult woman and as a child. Her most high-profile role arrived with the movie Logan, played by child actress Dafne Keen.
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