Author Gwenda Bond grew up swiping her brothers’ Superman comic books. She couldn’t get enough of the intrepid reporter, Lois Lane. From a young age, she knew that there was more to Lois’ story than the comics showed. In 2015, Fallout, the first in Bond’s new YA series about how Lois Lane got her start in journalism, hit shelves. The sequel, Double Down, was published earlier this year and shows Lois honing her investigative skills in Metropolis with a dangerous new mystery. Here, Bond names five female comic characters who deserve a spin-off series of their own.
Obviously, Lois Lane–fearless journalist and Superman’s partner in thwarting crime–is my first choice. I’ve written two books about her, but Lois is a character that still holds an ocean of ink and untapped potential. She has been on the page as long as Superman, and it’s pretty exciting that there’s still so much uncovered ground with her. I could see a book about her in a number of different incarnations: a Daily Planet-focused book where she’s the lead, an all-ages book where she works at the Daily Scoop in the Planet’s basement, or a Superwoman storyline.
Witches and stage magicians are two of my favorite things. With Zatanna, you get both in one stylish, unforgettable personage. I’ve long said I hunger for a teen Zatanna story where she’s discovering her powers, and would love to write one at some point! Barring that, I’ll happily settle for reading any Zatanna series, no matter what her age. She’s the witch we need. Zatanna is a fascinating, rich, and mystical character. Plus, there’s plenty of unexplored territory for authors to cover. Give me Zatanna running the show any day of the week.
Anissa & Jennifer Pierce
Please give me a book about these two sisters. These second generation superheroes (their dad is Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning) aren’t traditionally depicted as close, and I would love to see their relationship evolve on the page. They have amazing powers and both chose to be heroes. It could be truly amazing to watch Thunder and Lightning work together.
Hear me out. I’m usually not an anti-heroine kind of gal, but Gail Simone’s creation, Black Alice—who can borrow the powers of other supers—has fascinated me from her first appearance. No matter what story she’s put in, Black Alice draws the eye and the heart. She’s unpredictable and her often tragic, sometimes heroic actions speak of a deep conflict inside her. Putting this powerful, dangerous character at the center of a book, giving her a voice and a showcase, could make for some truly fascinating, heartrending comics. My heart!
I mean, come on. The second incarnation of Miss America, a queer Latin American teen named America Chavez, is the best. Raised in the Utopian Parallel, she has great powers and an even better personality. The good news here is that we finally have the promise of a new ongoing series starring America Chavez from Marvel, which I’m impatiently waiting for. 2017 will also see a new series from Image called All-America Comix, from the architects of America Chavez at Marvel, which will feature America Vasquez. There can’t be too much of this good thing in my opinion.
Gwenda Bond is the author of the young adult novels Lois Lane: Fallout and Girl on a Wire, among others. She has also written for Publishers Weekly, Locus Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and just might have been inspired to get a journalism degree by her childhood love of Lois Lane. She has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in a hundred-year-old house in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband, author Christopher Rowe, and their menagerie. Visit her online at gwendabond.com or @gwenda on Twitter.