I like to read comics about girl friendships. I’ll admit that as a blanket statement that sounds both absurd and really broad, but it’s the truth. I like to see my favourite female characters, hanging out, being friends or colleagues and pretty much having a good time. I was reading the first issue of Captain America and the Secret Avengers, which featured Natalia Romanova and Sharon Carter being their fabulous selves. There was banter and saving the day and getting dressed up and having just a normal (or as normal as it could be) friendship.
And you know what? I loved it.
I almost didn’t want to finish it because I didn’t know when there might be another chance. It seems like the women in comics (as well as in a lot of other media) are put there for romantic relationships first, everything else second. Female friendships seem to suffer when put next to a romantic relationship (regardless of what sort of romantic pairing it is).
Before I get too deep into this, I suppose that I should state for the record that I am mostly talking about Marvel. My knowledge of DC is largely limited in its scope and so I don’t know enough about it to really say anything other than from my perspective is that it doesn’t seem to be as lacking over there as it is in Marvel. However I am more than willing to be proven wrong which is why I want to state that I view this post as a start of a discussion.
I wonder, am I alone in my wanting for this? I can’t be the only one who gets excited over the prospect of an all-girl team that proves that they are as bad-ass (if not more so) than the boys? I can name a few books that feature such set ups in DC, but when I go to look for something in Marvel I tend to come up wanting. Of course there was Marvel Divas which seemed like an attempt to have Female Heroes (or Antiheroes) join together and bond, but it got sappy and ridiculous in a hurry. It was struck me as less about their friendship and more about their broken love lives with a side of girl bonding. There was the short run of Women of Marvel, which I enjoyed greatly but even that had less to do with friendship and more to do with women doing their own thing. I loved it because I got to see some of my favourite ladies in action, but didn’t really feature that witty-banter-while-we-save-the-day sort of thing that I also love.
Is it too much to ask for? Am I looking in all the wrong places or missing something obvious? I hope I am, but after finishing Captain America and the Secret Avengers #1 all I wanted to do was hunt down Sharon and Natalia hanging out, being fabulous and not worrying what their boyfriends might be up to. I want a title that has Sharon, Natalia and Bobbie Morse hanging out, being the spies and using their sarcasm as weapons.
But I am just one woman, so what do the rest of you think? Is there some insane gap in my knowledge (likely yes there is). What do you all say?