Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Image Comics has some really super women. These women face issues that regular humans only dream of, yet they manage to overcome any obstacle that comes their way. We, here at ComicsVerse, love the super powerful women of Image, and we are here to show you some of the dopest women Image has to offer. Whether it be their powers, their will, or their inner strength, these women empower us to keep fighting the good fight. We asked a few of our favorite writers to tell us about the women of Image they think are most powerful. Keep in mind, these aren’t the only super women of Image. There are plenty more than where this came from! Sara Pezzini from WITCHBLADE By AJ Zender Courtesy of Image Comics With 185 issues in the main series as well as a number of spin-offs, WITCHBLADE has an extensive history. This alone earns this story credit, but pair that with the fact that this series has and always will have a female protagonist, and you’ve got a story perfect for Women’s History Month. There are a number of powerful women behind the WITCHBLADE comics, including Danielle Baptiste and the newest addition Alex Underwood. However, the first and most iconic has to be Sara Pezzini. Alex Faces Her Demons in WITCHBLADE #4 An NYPD detective, Sarah puts her life on the line every day for those around her. However, after a Mafioso guns her down, the mystical WitchBlade gauntlet deems her worthy and bonds itself to her. This magical weapon was conceived by the personifications of light and darkness to be a balancing force in the universe. However, like the rings of the Green Lanterns, the WitchBlade is useless without a wielder powerful enough to wield it. Sara uses the WitchBlade to fight back against criminals and magical threats alike. Despite an overly sexualized early costume, Sara Pezzini explores the very depths of her strength. As a female member of the police force, Sara has to prove herself every day in a field dominated by men. And eventually, she has to devote herself to protecting her only daughter, Hope. As a superhero, Sara Pezzini is capable of defeating nearly any opponent she comes across. However, that isn’t the strength you should notice. In fact, her everyday struggles as a woman and as a human being are what makes this character so great. She stands at the center of the Top Cow universe as one of its best and most complex characters. WITCHBLADE may have its problems, but as for representation of badass female characters, you cannot find anything better. Lucifer from THE WICKED + THE DIVINE By Olivier Vestal Courtesy of Image Comics Lucifer, from THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie, is a perfect example of a strong woman. Right from the start, we see her as having an enormous amount of power. She can do things that humans can’t, like snap her fingers to blow things up, and she has a sort of control over people. Lucifer seems to be able to attract people to her and make them do what she wants. She has amazing powers, and doesn’t let any man or patriarchal society hold her back. As she displays these powers, she proves herself a powerful woman of Image Comics. THE WICKED + THE DIVINE OVERSIZED #2: Are the Gods Any Good? She shows in the very first issue that she is a force to be reckoned with. While she may not be the best character to represent “good”, she definitely shows that women are powerful. She has no fear of using this power either. She doesn’t care what others think of her, as long she’s happy. That’s a lesson almost anyone could stand to learn, and to see it taught by a woman is something the world of comics needs. Lucifer also seems to exert a sort of power over people. We see this in the way that Laura Wilson becomes so immediately enamored with Lucifer. This ability to exert control over some people shows, again that she is a strong character. If we see more characters like Lucifer, as she is portrayed in THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, we will be on the right track to empowering women everywhere. Alana from SAGA By Matt Attanasio Courtesy of Image Comics Alana from Brian K. Vaughan’s SAGA is easily one of the most badass women in the Image Comics lineup. She’s a highly capable mother who knows how to deal with just about anything thrown at her and her family. Alana doesn’t take shit from anyone, but she’s far from being an uptight nag. She clearly knows how to loosen up and have a good time (in more ways than one). Best of all, Alana is loyal as hell, almost to a fault. Falling in love with the enemy has generally never ended well. Just look at how “Romeo and Juliet” ended. Yet, somehow, Alana makes it work. Her commitment to her family is inspiring. Her struggles highlight the challenges of being a mother, as well as why it’s all worth the trouble in the first place. If Alana can be a kick-ass mother while she’s being hunted 24/7, then it just goes to show you that anything is possible when it comes to parenting. SAGA and Why it’s Special (to Us!) Alana isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She’s the kind of character who says the things no one else wants to say. At the same time, she’s also extremely sensitive and emotional. She’s not afraid of being vulnerable around those closest to her. For as often as she’s reining everyone else in on their bullshit, she’s also great at understanding and listening to other people’s problems. And, when push comes to shove, she’s not afraid to throw down at all. She will mess you up if you screw with her family. Alana has proven time and time again that she’s a character people can look up to. She’s far from perfect, but that’s okay. Her flaws strengthen her character. Ultimately, she’s just a super dope woman, and Image Comics is very lucky to have her. Cass from MOONSTRUCK By Olivier Vestal Courtesy of Image Comics In the comic, MOONSTRUCK, written by Grace Ellis and drawn by Shae Beagle, we meet Cass, a psychic working at a coffee shop. She has powerful visions that seem to always come true. We see Cass as a strong character, because of how caring she is regarding her friends. In addition, Cass proves that strong female characters do not have to be inherently masculine, which does go to break stereotypes. Cass has multiple visions of disaster throughout MOONSTRUCK. She does her best to prevent these visions from actualizing themselves, but she can only do so much. Knowing this, she keeps what she sees a secret from her friends in order to spare them any further pain. She cares so much for her friends that readers see her sacrificing her own happiness and possibly even mental health in order to protect them, thus proving herself as a strong woman. Talking with the MOONSTRUCK Vol. 1 Creative Team The femininity that Cass presents in combination with her strength makes her an empowering icon for women. Women with power are often portrayed as masculine, furthering the idea that power is masculine, when it is not. For example, the character, Lindi, is portrayed as a somewhat masculine character, and she is also portrayed as having a powerful presence. However, power can be feminine, and Cass shows that. She is a feminine girl who fights for the protection of her friends. If women can see a feminine character with such strength, why shouldn’t women believe that they can have equal or greater strength as well? Maika Halfwolf from MONSTRESS By Shannon Cuthbert Courtesy of Image Comics Maika Halfwolf, the protagonist of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s MONSTRESS series, is the rarest type of hero. She is one whose strength is primarily internal and based on vulnerability. At first glance, it seems Maika’s core strength comes from physical and emotional rigidity. She has an ability to survive under harsh conditions by hardening herself to the world around her. Maika’s striking physical powers seem central in shaping this “Monstress” into a fierce, powerful young woman. The monster living beneath her skin provides her endless capacities for physical destruction, slaughtering hapless nearby souls when the hunger sinks in. In addition, Maika displays extreme skill in her ability to suppress emotional pain. Despite the loss of her arm and her status as a member of the persecuted Arcanics, she rarely expresses any doubts, fears, or feelings of weakness. Through flashbacks, readers realize Maika’s mother has trained her since childhood to subdue vulnerabilities, granting Maika the near-impenetrable emotions and clear-headed logic needed to succeed as a skilled warrior. Of Dreams and Desires in MONSTRESS #15 Yet, Maika’s supreme physical and emotional powers are ultimately not the source of her strength. Instead, her emotional depth, empathy, and fierce desire to protect those around her are what define Maika as a true hero. Her upbringing and living in a society under constant threat of war have conspired to make Maika cruel, embittered, and unemotional in the face of violence and destruction. Yet, over the course of the MONSTRESS series, Maika pushes back against this definition. Instead, she exerts herself as an individual, fighting against the dark forces that have shaped her past. She never fails to place her friends’ needs above her own, to strive for control over the violent monster within her, and even to place herself in harm’s way to protect a group. Finally, Maika’s inner strength emerges perhaps most powerfully through quiet moments of reflection; through her dreams, flashbacks, and memories. In those moments, we witness her tender feelings towards best friend Tuya, her struggles to process her difficult childhood, and ultimately, her attempts to comprehend and control her inner demons. There is never enough room for all the amazing superwomen Image has to offer. Check out our article on Image’s dopest women without powers! Also, let us know who you think is the dopest superwomen of Image Comics!