I’ve never liked the term “heroine”, both for homophonic reasons and for the fact that it seems to somehow lessen the efforts of the women it describes, but I’ve always been a fan of those heroes.  Part of the fun of my fave-rave Legion of Super-Heroes is the wider array of female heroes available (a side-effect of having 80+ members), from hardcase Saturn Girl to brawler Gazelle to girly-girl Nura “Dream Girl” Nal.  Now that we have A-Force, an all-female hero team of Avengers, a recent all-lady-mutant X-Men team and majority-female squads in The Ultimates and elsewhere, it begs the question of which team has the most impressive women, leading us to today’s under-represented query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wouldn’t mind seeing an all-woman Justice League, to be honest, especially with Black Canary, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl and others in the mix, asking: What super-team has the best overall cast of female heroes?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. January 11, 2016 at 11:30 am — Reply

    It will forever be a tie between the X-family of books and the Legion. The latter had a smaller & thus more concentrated cast than the former (which grew like kudzu until outside influence stopped it), but both offer a wide variety of female characters with their own unique personalities to relate to & enjoy.

  2. January 11, 2016 at 11:37 am — Reply

    If we count everyone who has been a member at some point, X-Men. They were usually more important to the team and overall stories than in any other super team. Phoenix alone is more significant to Marvel Universe than any other female character I can come up with from other teams or publishers.

  3. January 12, 2016 at 6:57 am — Reply

    Teen Girl Squad! Cheerleader! So and So! What’s Her Face! The Ugly One!!

    But no, I’ll have to agree with the others and say the X-family. The mutant ladies are usually very strong characters with compelling stories rather than being just another half-nekkid obligatory female or fan service (though some have been portrayed that way, I won’t deny that). Teams like JLA often make me feel like women are under represented or aren’t always on par with their male teammates (which really bugs me when that happens considering there are some great female characters in the lineup like Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl), but some of the X-ladies have been influential not only in their own books but in the overall Marvel U (or even the Marvel Multiverse).

  4. StellarLeader
    January 12, 2016 at 7:15 am — Reply

    I liked how Linka and Gi were treated in “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”.
    And speaking of female heroes, I really want to see Spider Woman in a live-action movie or tv show. I’ve always liked her better than Spider-man.

  5. DamienR
    January 12, 2016 at 8:12 am — Reply

    Whackos – West Coast Avengers.

    At any given point in time – Mockingbird, Wasp, Tigra, Moondragon, Firebird, Scarlet Witch and yes, Mantis.

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