BANG! POW! Super Girls in Comics

With all the new superhero blockbusters like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, opens a new window and X-Men: Days of Future Past, opens a new window, it’s hard not to love caped crusaders. For comic book geeks like me, it feels like a new golden age of heroes. This year, for One Book One Chicago, we celebrate the history of superheroes with Michael Chabon's The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

But what about super heroines? We’ve seen Black Widow, Gamora and many female X-men on the big screen, but there are some other big-named super girls out there you should know about.

First, there's Kate Kane, a young lesbian of Jewish descent, who uses her military background and training to become Batwoman in order to fight crime in Gotham. Check out Batwoman in the critically acclaimed collection by Greg Rucka:

Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin and the last daughter of Krypton, struggles to find her place on Earth and uncover the secrets of her past after her home planet's destruction. See Supergirl in action as a part of DC's New 52 event by Michael Green.

We all know Wonder Woman by name and from the old TV show, but do you know where she came from or why she fights crime and injustice? Check Wonder Woman out in the astounding New 52 series by Brian Azzarello.

Carol Danvers, one of the strongest superheroes in the Avengers, started out as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. After an accident in an explosion, Captain Marvel, an alien of the Kree race, bestows his powers upon her. Be sure to read the Captain Marvel solo series by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

And this is just the beginning. There are many other powerful women out there to discover.