The current "Rebirth" of #DCComics has been a triumphant for the publisher in both sales and readership. Their success is well-deserved as the company has embraced its rich history and placed much of what readers love about the characters of the #DCUniverse at the center of engaging stories once again. But as fantastic as as #DCRebirth has been, there's still room for improvement, especially in the area of female-led solo series.
Most of DC's women currently appear in team books where their full potential is rarely showcased. Compelling titles such as #WonderWoman, #Supergirl, #Superwoman, and #Batwoman do exist, but overall there currently isn't a very diverse offering of female heroes featured in adventures of their own.
With that in mind, here are eight awesome female characters who deserve to headline their own stories in DC Rebirth.
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Alien and former Princess of Tamaran, #Starfire is mostly recognized as a core member of the #TeenTitans. Back on her home planet, she was forced into slavery and endured extreme torture. After relocating to Earth, she was given a chance to explore her vast range of powers and become the hero she always was inside. Starfire received a short ongoing series in 2015, but her strength and overall character have the magnitude to kick-start a title of her own once again.
7. Power Girl
Power Girl soared into the comic book world in 1976. She is the cousin of #Superman and counterpart of #Supergirl, but this version of Kara Zor-L brings her own individuality to the table. #PowerGirl possesses classic Kryptonian abilities such as flight, super-strength and freeze breath, along with an aggressive fighting style. We haven't seen much of her in Rebirth except for a reunion with #HarleyQuinn, but this powerful heroine is overdue for a for a return to her former glory.
6. Cassandra Cain / Orphan
A member of the Bat-family since 1999, Cassandra decided to take up the name Orphan in last year's Batman and Robin Eternal. She is currently taking down Gotham's biggest threats alongside Batman and Batwoman in Detective Comics. In this title, Cassandra's character has flourished, and her battles with loneliness have hit home for many readers. Not only is she an expert combatant, but a loyal and devoted protector of human life as well, despite her lack of communication skills. Reading about Orphan's persona and complex background in a solo series once again would be a welcom addition to the DC Universe.
5. Killer Frost
Killer Frost has had many incarnations over the years. Her current persona is Dr. Caitlin Snow, former scientist at an arctic outpost of S.T.A.R. Labs. She gained her cold-manipulating powers after being trapped inside a thermodynamic engine that drenched her with coolant. In Rebirth, she briefly joined Task Force X in the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event. Afterwards, Frost was released to join Batman's Justice League of America and has swiftly become a fan favorite. Her run as a hero with JLA could be the perfect prequel to a spin-off series for this intriguing character.
4. Renee Montoya / The Question
Renee Montoya has operated as a detective from the Gotham City Police Department. In DC's 2006 weekly comic series 52, she took up Vic Sage's mantle as The Question. We've seen her appear in notable titles such as Gotham Central, Detective Comics and of course, Batwoman, as she is a former girlfriend of Kate Kane. Whether she works as a detective or the faceless heroine, many fans would love to see Renee receive a boost of recognition in Rebirth with a solo series of her own. Such a title would also be a welcome diverse addition to the current lineup of mainstream comics.
The badass Queen of Atlantis is undoubtedly one of the most powerful women in the DC Universe. She boasts enhanced strength, aquakinesis, adept fighting abilities and so much more. Mera rules the seas alongside her husband, #Aquaman, where they stand for the people of Atlantis while trying to grasp the ways of the surface world. But instead of simply being known as a counterpart and love interest, it's time for Mera to swim solo and make new waves. Her upcoming live-action debut in the DCEU's #JusticeLeague (portrayed by Amber Heard) could increase her fanbase and even trigger a solo comic series in the near future.
Keep your fins crossed.
#Catwoman is considered one of the most recognizable female characters in comics, as well as a pop-culture icon. She has made a hundreds of appearances in media since the '40s, and her independent adventures are both memorable and critically acclaimed. Selina Kyle is overdue for a Rebirth solo book; it feels like forever since her New 52 run came to an end and fans are ready for this kitty to land on her feet once more.
1. Poison Ivy
Since her debut in 1966, #PoisonIvy continues to enrich the DC Universe with every appearance. Though mostly portrayed as a villain, there is a heroine inside her that is desperately waiting to grow into her own. In 2016, the character received a six-issue mini series, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, that left readers begging for more. In the Rebirth initiative, we've seen her in Batgirl, Trinity, All Star Batman and Harley Quinn, but those adventures didn't reach the depths to which her character deserves to be explored. Ivy's complex nature, strength and dedication to her cause make this classic character ripe for solo series selection.
Which female character on this list do you want to receive a solo series most?
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