Comics’ Sexiest Female Characters (From A Queer Perspective) [Love & Sex Week]
As we planned Love and Sex Week here at ComicsAlliance, the idea of a “Hottest Women In Comics” list naturally came up. It’s a format that’s been nearly ubiquitous since the heyday of Wizard Magazine. As much as we might pretend otherwise, we’re all attracted to fictional characters sometimes.
But the problem with those sorts of lists is that they tend to get really wrapped up in the presumptive male gaze and the assumption of a male readership. Basically, you end up with a bunch of sexist ideas about what men want women to be.
So we wondered, what would such a list look like if the male gaze was taken out of the equation? We gathered some of our queer female and non-binary writers to nominate, vote for, and write up our own list of the hottest female characters in comics, from a queer perspective.
I shouldn’t be as into Veronica as I am considering she’s a teenager, but I also first encountered her when I was a preteen learning what crushes were, so you can forgive me. She’s a bombshell; that dark hair and red lip is a classic for a reason. When she chooses you, she’s dedicated to you forever. [Emma Lawson]
Brought into the current canon with Batman Eternal, the modern Julia Pennyworth is a badass and a total smartass to Batman, which is a great combination. She’s also got great pixie cut. Julia’s playing a part in the new Batwoman series, and I can’t wait. [Katie Schenkel]
Melody is basically the ditzy blonde prototype except she’s not actually ditzy. She’s super smart, super sweet, and a drummer for one of the best bands in the world! While there’s a lot to love about the Pussycats, Melody’s Valley Girl appearance mixed with her fierceness and skills makes her the best of them. Plus, in the classics, she’s depicted as singing every line. How is that not the cutest? [Tara Marie]
Poison Ivy is dangerous, she’s cold, she has no regard for human life. But when you see what a good partner she is to Harley Quinn, you realize that it’s not that she hates all people, it’s just that most people don’t measure up to her rigorous standards. But when she loves someone like she does Harley, she’s protective and devoted. But let’s be real, she’s also incredibly sexy, and her whole “burn down civilization” attitude only adds to that. [Elle Collins]
I would totally go Romeo to Alana’s Juliet. The Saga star is driven, she’s a big reader, and she manages to make green hair look hot. She’s flirty, sexy, and hedonistic when in “Sexy Alana” mode; no wonder Marko can’t resist her. Plus she’s fierce as heck — if she chooses to make you hers, you are hers. [EL]
I want Rogue to sweet talk me with that Southern accent of hers and call me “sugar.” She’s a big ol’ flirt with a great sense of humor. She’s got spunk and attitude, but she can be open and vulnerable. [EL]
I’m focusing on DC Comics Bombshells’ Mera, specifically because that version of Mera has a fierce spirit, but is also usually the one to crack a joke. She flirts with everyone, but she encourages her male friends to treat their girlfriends well. I totally crush on her smile alone. [KS]
I’m going to be honest. I didn’t really know about Bobbi until Chelsea Cain‘s Mockingbird series. But that was more than enough. She’s one of the coolest, cleverest, and utterly sexiest characters out there. She’s the type of crush that you wish you could be. Her series ends with a threesome! She’s the best! [TM]
Kim Quattro is exactly who she wants to be, and that’s already hot. She’s a rock-n-roll outer space bounty hunter, which is pretty sexy as professions go. She has a retro punk rock fashion sense and a delightfully ridiculous (and very queer) hairstyle. Kim D. is also very attractive, but in their partnership Kim Q. is consistently the loose cannon, and that’s always the sexier partner. [EC]
I love getting to see Stormer through Kimber’s eyes. Kimber sees a curvy, fashion-forward goddess everytime Stormer walks into a room. She’s so dang appealing, especially the way Sophie Campbell draws her, and getting to watch her be adored is one of my favorite things about Jem and the Holograms. [KS]
Muscular women are much sexier than they get credit for. Of course Thor is gorgeous — she’s Jane Foster infused with Nordic divinity — but particularly with her masked helmet, it’s her bare arms that you notice first. Unlike so many women superheroes who have arms like runway models, Thor has lean but very muscular arms. The kind of arms you want to feel wrapped around you. [EC]
Bluebird is the best thing that ever happened to Batman, bar none. She is Batman’s best sidekick, and smarter than him. She’s a technological genius with the coolest hair cut. A blue-haired bisexual vigilante with a big gun? How is she not everyone’s crush? The only reason I don’t ship her with everyone is because I ship her with me. She’s undeniably the coolest thing to happen to comics in a long, long, long time. [TM]
Wonder Woman was a queer-coded feminist superhero before anyone even realized that was a thing to be. If you like strong women, she’s the strongest. If you like classy, well-traveled women, she’s literally a princess-turned-diplomat. She’s also a striking, ethnically ambiguous beauty who even looks great in a vintage patriotic swimsuit. [EC]
America Chavez has one of the coolest rotating wardrobes in the Marvel Universe. And she wears each outfit with so much confidence. Also, she fought a shark. I don’t know if I need more of an explanation. That all adds up to very sexy. [KS]
She’s Misty Knight. How is more needed? She’s one of the coolest characters around, in all of her iterations, but I fell in love with her during her stint as the head of Heroes for Hire. She’s uncompromising, smart, and has a giant metal arm! Now all I’m waiting for is a Netflix Marvel show about her and life will be complete. [TM]
This WicDiv goddess looks like Rihanna and behaves like a cat. She’s the goddess of war, anger, and bloodlust. What’s sexier than a righteous rage? She’s powerful and sensual, but I bet she’d be an excellent cuddler if you pet her right and scritch that perfect spot behind her ears. [EL]
Those legs. Those arms! Black Canary wears a leather jacket and fishnets, for crying out loud, and she totally pulls them off. She’s often drawn a little too male gazey, but it’s clear she’s comfortable with her body, which counts for a lot. [EL]
Batwoman. She’s the only cape and cowl character cooler than Batman. She’s a red-haired, ex-military, Jewish lesbian who — in some versions — literally beats the heck out of Nazis with a baseball bat. Whether she’s a Bombshell or not, she’s, well, a bombshell. She’s one of the coolest and scariest of all the Batcharacters, and that more than qualifies her to be utterly crushable. [TM]
Storm has reinvented herself more than a few times. I’m personally a big fan of the classic Mohawk look, which I tend to think of as her queerest phase. But if you’re more into the Earth Mother with the black tiara, or even the ‘90s shoulder-pad look, I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong. Whatever her outer trappings, Storm is a fierce, dominant, powerful woman, with a well-established sensual side. [EC]
You gotta love a woman who knows how to use a sword. Angela is one of those heroines who is more than a little dangerous, but she cares so much about the woman in her life. I mean, she went to Hel for her. If I was Sera, I’d totally follow Angela across the many realms too. [KS]