Comics/Graphic Novels

Read Harder: Creative Teams of More Than One Gender

Andi Miller

Staff Writer

Andi Miller is a proponent of fauxhawks, gaudy jewelry, country music, and writing. When she’s not publicly relating at her day job or teaching university English courses online, she’s a hardcore reader, social media addict, 10-year book blogging veteran at Estella’s Revenge, and host of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Her favorite literary snacks are comics, literary fiction, and foodie memoirs. Her favorite real snacks are Froot Loops, fried catfish tails, and serial Twitter unfollowers. Blog: Estella's Revenge Twitter: @EstellasRevenge

The Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge consists of 26 challenge categories spanning the breadth and depth of all things that may be considered comics. We regularly give you reading recommendations from one of the categories.

Mixed-gender creative teams are all over the place, and many of them are producing work we’re consistently excited about here at Panels. From serious to silly, violent to ?? here are some of our favorites.

plutona1Jeff Lemire / Emi Lenox / Jordie BellairePlutona Issues #1-2 follow a group of kids after discovering a local superhero dead in the woods. It’s incredible. Not only does Lemire bring his traditional sense of melancholy and adventurous storytelling, but Emi Lenox kills it on her beautiful pages and lines with colorist supreme, Jordie Bellaire. I’ve seldom been disappointed with Lemire’s work and this collaboration with Lenox has crazy potential. Go pick this book up, especially since we’re only two issues in and ramping up. (Kris Saldaña) 



bandettePaul Tobin / Colleen CooverBandette is the giddy, gleeful tale of the world’s greatest thief, the titular Bandette, as she cavorts through Paris, dazzling her adoring followers and tweaking the nose of the law. Tobin and Coover are a match made in heaven; they’ve given us a bright, beautiful book with an engaging teen heroine, sparkling dialogue, elegant, kinetic art, and just enough danger to keep this all-ages book exciting. Each issue of this digital comic is just 99 cents, so grab them all today! (Jessica Plummer) 

Jimmy Palmiotti / Justin Gray / Amanda ConnerPower Girl Vol 2 (Josh C)



Ryan North / Erica Henderson / Rico RenziThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 (Katie Schenkel)

Brenden Fletcher / Cameron Stewart / Babs Tarr / Maris WicksBatgirl Vol. 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (Katie Schenkel)

Kelly Sue DeConnick / Valentine De LandroBitch Planet Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine (Jon Erik Christianson)

Jonathan Luna / Sarah VaughnAlex + Ada Vol 3 (Andi Miller)

Check out more creative teams of more than one gender on the Goodreads list.