CBS' Supergirl adaptation proved to be one of the highlights of the past year's season of television, packed with action, drama, excitement and a whole lot of heart. One of the best things about the show was that in a time where so many superhero adaptations are grim morality plays that pit friend against friend, Supergirl was a bright ray of sunshine that focused on the power of teamwork and the hidden strength in us all.

Last night saw the final episode of Supergirl's first season, and if you're still reeling and can't for season two, we've assembled a list of five of the best independent comics for you to try next that are fun, strong and powerful, just like Supergirl.

  • The Adventures of Superhero Girl

    Faith Erin Hicks

    Faith Erin Hicks' The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a beautifully told comic about an extraordinary person that often lives a very ordinary life. Superhero Girl is as strong and powerful as anyone you'll see in TV and films, but she's a grounded real person that also has to deal with the trials and tribulations that come with being in your mid-twenties and living in a big city.

    Lighthearted and often very delightful, The Adventures of Superhero Girl is a fun slice-of-life comic about someone who just happens to have superpowers.


  • Cleopatra In Space

    Mike Maihack

    If the title isn't enough to hook you, Cleopatra In Space features the Egyptian queen as a teenager, sent hurtling into the far future where she works with P.Y.R.A.M.I.D. to stop an evil alien warlord.

    You may have seen Mike Maihack's webcomics starring Batgirl and Supergirl, and if you have, you'll love what he does with his own creator-owned series that mashes up sci-fi action , Egyptian mythology and high school drama.

  • Power Up

    Kate Leth & Matt Cummings

    Power Up features a superhero goldfish.

    Oh, you need more? Okay. Power Up is about three people (and a goldfish) that are given great power for unknown reason, and have to work together to figure out what their purpose is, while juggling that with their day-to-day lives.

    Power Up takes the "chosen one" concept and turns it right on its ear with its cast of completely ordinary people (and fish) but along the way has a great message about teamwork, responsibility and friendship.

    It also features a superhero goldfish. We mentioned that, right?

  • Bandette

    Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover

    Bandette is a Robin Hood style scoundrel that steals paintings, puts bad guys behind bars and is also a teenage girl in early pre-war Paris. Operating with a network of street children who feed her information and help her catch the crooks, she infuriates the police and the criminals alike with her antics.

    Like a cheekier Tintin or an all-ages Catwoman, Bandette is a fun romp through the most beautiful city on Earth, with one of the most likable protagonists in recent memory.

  • Zodiac Starforce

    Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau

    Zodiac Starforce is Sailor Moon meets Mean Girls as the heroes of our story not have to deal with fighting magical space monsters, but also with math tests and clique culture.

    The series eschews the standard origin story expected from a first volume and follows the re-formation of the Zodiac Starforce team, as the team must remember what it is that makes them work so well together and reunite in order to help fight evil and save their leader.


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