10 Diverse and Inclusive Comics

Graphic novels for people who don’t want to just read about rich white dudes

Whether it’s Batman, Green Arrow or Iron Fist, comics have you covered when it comes to privileged white men. If you’re looking for something very different, though, have a look at this list. We have amputees who aren’t defined by what they’ve lost but by what they fight for. We have mothers protecting their family in a hopeless, apocalyptic underwater world. We have sex positive depictions of healthy BDSM relationships and we have orgasms that freeze time. We have planets filled with intergalactic badass women fighting the patriarchy, and we have social media fashion bloggers who may or may not be murderers.

It’s time to move beyond Batman.

Paper Girls cover

1. Paper Girls Vol. 1

Brian K Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illus), Matt Wilson (Illus)
Monstress cover

2. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

Marjorie M Liu, Sana Takeda (Illus)
Sex Criminials cover

3. Sex Criminals Vol. 1

Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (Illus)
Descender cover

4. Descender, Volume 1: Tin Stars

Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (Illus)
Sunstone cover

5. Sunstone T01

Stjepan Sejic
Snotgirl cover

6. Snotgirl Volume 1: Green Hair Don't Care

Bryan Lee O'Malley, Leslie Hung (Illus)
Low cover

7. Low Volume 1: The Delirium of Hope

Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini (artist)
Vessels cover

8. Vessels Issue 1

Dave Cook, Rafael Desquitado Jr. (Illus)
Invisibles cover

9. The Invisibles Vol. 1: Say You Want A Revolution

Grant Morrison, Steve Yeowell (Illus), Jill Thompson (Illus)
Bitch Planet cover

10. Bitch Planet, Book 1: Extraordinary Machine

Kelly Deconnick, Robert Wilson IV (Illus), Taki Soma (Illus), Valentine De Landro (Illus)

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Thomas Welsh
Thomas Welsh

Thomas Welsh is an award-winning urban fantasy and short story author based in Scotland. He was the winner of the Elbow Room fiction prize for 'And Then I was Floating' and has also been published in 'The 404 Ink F Word Collection', Pseudopod and 'Leicester Writes'. His fantasy trilogy, 'Metiks Fade,' debuts in Spring 2018 with book one, Anna Undreaming, published by Owl Hollow Press. You can pre-order Anna Undreaming here.