Okay, that is a terrible title, but I couldn't think of a shorter way of saying what I'm trying to get across. Basically, a common thing is for new female superheroes to show up using the names of older male characters. Sort of how when Hank Pym stopped going by Yellowjacket, Rita DeMara started to use the name (although first as a villain). Here are the top five!
Kate Bishop is a cool character and all, but darnit, Clint Barton is Hawkeye!!
Dawn Granger really filled the boots of Don Hall quite nicely. The Hawk and Dove series by the Kesels was really underrated - it was a fun comic based on two strong characters - well, Dawn was strong at least - strong enough that she could hold up Hank's cro-magnon end of the duo.
Kimiyo Hoshi could be a great character, but let's face it, she's been available for anyone to use now for about a decade, and her only real notable appearance was to show how tough the old Dr. Light is. Hopefully Dwayne McDuffie will rectify that!
I like Starfire, but I'd love to see her get a bit of character development in a year that does not begin with 198.
Created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk, Carmilla Black is a great addition to the Marvel Universe. As a superhero operative working for SHIELD, Carmilla has the problem of dealing with the fact that her biological mother is the head scientist for the evil organization, A.I.M., and Carmilla was genetically bred to be the perfect assassin (she is immune to all poisons and can deliver poison herself). So how do you deal with the fact that your mom bred you to be a killer while you want to be a hero? It's a great challenge, and seeing Carmilla deal with that strange relationship while continuing to make a name for herself in the superhero community (while also combining that with her duties as a government operative) has been a lot of fun to watch.
Marc Andreyko's Kate Spencer is riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a costume made up out of confiscated superhero and supervillain gear. What I love most about Kate is that she is such a normal person, while pursuing a decidedly ABnormal lifestyle - Andreyko had really produced a multi-faceted character who works well in many different environments.
Moonstone is a lot like Kate - well, except sorta evil.
Karla Sofen has powers due to the "moonstone," a powerful gem. How did she get that gem? She used her psychological training to convince the dude who had the gem that he did not want it! How awesome is that?
She's been a bad guy, she's been a bad guy pretending to be a good guy, she'd been a good guy, she's been a bad guy who might be a good guy. She's all over the place, but one thing stays consistent - she remains an intriguing and delightful character to follow!
1. Captain Marvel
Come on, people, who else did you expect me to have here?
That's the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!