Top 20 Women from British Comics

Probably too many to choose from but here's an attempt

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  • Popular long-running character from newspaper The Evening Standard. Modesty Blaise was a war-orphan who fought her way to the top of a criminal organisation, gave up her life of crime, and then became one of the idle rich. Due to boredom she ended up becoming a problem solver for hire, often helping the British secret service.

    The character has appeared in two different movies, one in 1966, and another direct to DVD film in 2003. The direct to DVD movie produced by Quentin Tarantino gives a decent outline of the character but is mediocre-ish.

  • Spinoff character from the Judge Dredd series. Judge Anderson is an indispensable Psi-Judge in Justice Department often at odds with her superiors.

    Anderson gives a very different perspective and narrative to Mega-City One as her psychic powers and heightened empathic abilities put her at the opposite end of the spectrum to the cold, unfeeling, conditioned tool of the state that is Judge Dredd.

    Usually written by Alan Grant (somewhat known for his 80s run on Detective Comics) the character has appeared on the silver screen in the 2nd Judge Dredd movie from 2012.

  • Manic Kangeroo-loving miscreant who stole a tank, deserted from the army and rode around Australia getting into battles and essentially doing whatever the heck she wanted.

    The character was co-created by Jamie Hewlett, the guy who would later go on to do the artwork for the cartoon "band" The Gorillaz.

    She appeared in a movie during the 90s (it wasn't really that great though to be honest).

  • Described as a female "Amazonian" counterpart to Dennis the Menace, Minnie runs wild terrorising her home town with enthusiastic glee.

    The Archetypal Tomboy of comics, Minnie has been challenging expectations since the 1950s. She's nothing short of a force of nature, often leaving behind a swathe of destruction wherever she goes.

  • My favourite Alan Moore creation for 2000AD, Halo Jones is simply an ordinary girl who pushes herself to do extraordinary things.

    One of the more detailed and well-rounded of women in 1980s comics in my opinion. She has dreams, she has failings and sometimes she isn't completely in control of her own fate but she always picks herself up and makes the best of what comes her way.

  • Amoral half-sister to Nikolai Dante. Lulu is the boss of a kind of decadent future version of the Hellfire Club, she is ruthless and has no qualms about killing to further her goals.

    Nikolai Dante is set in the distant future in Russia where two family's are vying for power, the Makarov's (current leaders of the country), and Nikolai's family the Romanov's. The Romanov's have one ace up their sleeve, what they call "weapon crests" which are basically alien pieces of technology bonded to their bodies which give them personality-themed powers. Lulu's weapon crest allows her to create these little flying monsters which can strip a man to bone in seconds or spy on her enemies.

  • Legendary half-mad leader of Mega-City One and icon to bearded ladies worldwide, Judge McGruder was the stubborn, dependable rock that supported Mega-City One through some of its darkest days, including both the Apocalypse War, and Necropolis.

    The character actually appeared in the 1995 Judge Dredd movie, but like most characters in the film unfortunately her portrayal was largely unrecognisable.

  • An offshoot character from the Strontium Dog comic, Durham Red is a mutant who's mutation developed as a sort of blood-lusting Vampirism.

    A world-weary Durham Red eventually put herself into cryogenic suspension and awoke millennia later to find that in her absence she'd become worshiped as a mutant prophet!

  • Nikolai Dante's trusted, no-nonsense Sergeant.

    Elena lost her parents at a young age and ended up following in her father's footsteps and enlisting in the army. She traveled from battle to battle for most of her life, as such War and fighting is pretty much all she's ever really known.

    Her habit of (often murderously) disagreeing with her Superior officers has nearly been the death of her on multiple past occasions.

  • Renowned Nort soldier promoted to head a crack team that hunts down the monstrous mistakes of Nortlands super-soldier program.

    Atalia was born into an important military family. Being that she was the daughter of a Souther exile most of her half-brothers hated and abused her, whilst her father showed little but disinterest after her mothers untimely murder.

    To prove herself Atalia worked hard and rose through the ranks fighting on the front line, eventually outliving her brothers.

  • Powerful Shape-changing mutant from Captain Britain comics.

    Meggan made her debut in a Marvel UK comic called "The Mighty World of Marvel" generally this title was just used for reprinting US Marvel material in a UK format, but the comic carried some original content from UK writers and artists from time to time and Meggan was one of the results of this.

    Marvel UK went on to get a lot more freedom and autonomy and ended up creating a lot of other female characters but I find Meggan to be one of the more likeable due to her quirky naivety and good nature.

  • Valda was abandoned as a baby and was brought up by a mysterious Gypsy woman who taught her many secrets of the world.

    The character has a magic gem which rejuvenates her, keeping her young and strong, her passion in life is generally competition and as such she is always striving to achieve new things and break records.

    Valda's decency often has her getting embroiled in other people problems and going on adventures, using her numerous talents to help others.

  • Teenager with a mystical Cat-Suit that gives her enhanced speed and agility, she uses it to help out her Father, who is a Private Detective.

    Light-hearted and humourous adventure hero.

  • Warrior woman of an apocalyptic wasteland and die-hard naturalist who seems to see clothes as some kind of symbol of repression (you may be surprised to learn that this comic originally appeared in The Sun newspaper!).

    Beautiful artwork and better than average plots containing a fair share of sci-fi goodness and Axa kicking ass rescued it from being mere exploitation.

  • Powerful psychic character from the British comic Starlord (no relation to the Marvel character). Starlord was a science fiction anthology comic that later merged into 2000AD.

    Ardeni was manipulated by an alien race for the purpose of destroying humanity, but eventually freed herself of their influence, having to kill her own brother to save Earth.

    After breaking free of their control she hunted down their would-be puppeteers.

  • Originally Nemesis the Warlock's second in command.

    After discovering her leader's true nature Purity left his service and ended up taking over Earth's resistance fighters herself, eventually leading them to victory.

  • Ruthless Mercenary who starred in some quirky sci-fi stories from the writer who created other 2000AD titles such as Devlin Waugh and Indigo Prime.

    Spent years as a born-again nun before eventually returning to her violent ways!

  • Devious antagonist to Slaine. A powerful sorceress, Mebd (pronounced "Maeve" as the name is of Celtic origin) is a follower of the old Horned God, Slough Feg.

    She was rescued from a sacrificial ritual by Slaine. Unfortunately, unknown to him at the time she had regarded this sacrifice as being a huge honour! She never forgave Slaine for wrecking what she felt was to be the greatest moment of her life.

  • Another Judge Dredd spin-off character. Galen was a first-rate Judge who unfortunately just couldn't deal with the more repressive sides of the job.

    After leaving Justice department she set herself up as a private detective.

  • Laser Eraser was the clone of a legendary long-dead warrior named Ektryn. She is a mercenary for hire and partner to the plant-hating Cyborg Axel Pressbutton

    The character appeared in the anthology comic Warrior, which was also where V for Vendetta and Alan Moore's Marvelman originally came from.