Comics/Graphic Novels

Comics Recommendations for the Golden Girls

Emily Wenstrom

Staff Writer

By day, Emily Wenstrom is a content marketing specialist. By early-early morning, she is E. J. Wenstorm, an award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author whose debut novel Mud was named 2016 Book of the Year by the Florida Writers Association.. Her Chronicles of the Third Realm War series includes Mud (#1), Tides (#2), Rain (#0), and more to come. Follow her on Twitter @ejwenstrom.


The Golden Girls may have been a few decades older than the typical sit-com stars. They may have been retired. They may have been “over the hill.” But in the ways that counted, they were far ahead of their time.

Also, they were pretty badass.

Which is why I’m confident these fine ladies would thoroughly enjoy a good comic book. And hey, they’re a pretty open-minded bunch. I think they’d be willing to give them a shot.

But they’re tastes are pretty distinct, and to enjoy a comic they would each need something a bit different from the others.

Here are the comics I’d recommend for each of the Golden Girls.


Sophia: Parker

Sophia’s as tough as nails. Always the realist, she’s got a pragmatic attitude to cut through any situation—and a snarky comment. Between the heaps of attitude, the New York street smarts, and the Italian heritage, I think Sophia would enjoy something noir.

For this, we turn to Richard Starks’ Parker. Volume I, “The Hunter,” follows the story of a man who “hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest.” Parker has been betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, and now he’s out for revenge.

I’ve got a feeling Sophia loves a revenge story.

blanche sex criminalsBlanche: Sex Criminals

Worldly, adventurous and, erm, lustful, Blanche has been around the block a few times. This Southern belle doesn’t mind being bold or creative with her romantic life.

So she’s not likely to blush at the whimsical kinkiness of Sex Criminals, by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Though she might enjoy making a few others blush by talking about it whenever she can find an excuse.

RoseNylund1peanutsRose: The Complete Peanuts

Sweet, spacey Rose is best suited to something more on pace with her stories from back home in St. Olaf.

Charles Schultz’s Peanuts offer a balance of humor and compelling characters without taking her outside her naïve—but kind-hearted—worldview.

dorothy asterois polypDorothy: Asterios Polyp

There is no question that Dorothy is the intellectual of the group. Her reading tastes surely trend more literary than her friends’. She’ll want something to challenge herself (and give her top-of-the-class status when she name drops it later).

Asterios Polyp is just the thing. Written by top comic talent David Mazzucchelli this highly acclaimed work of art follows a middle-aged man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions.