Thanks to our friends at Women of Star Trek, we were introduced to this awesome illustration by artist Isaac Goodhart. The power packed image called “Run the World” (named after one of his fave Beyonce songs) features some of his and our favorite badass characters from pop culture, comics, animation, anime and science fiction.
Isaac, who currently draws POSTAL from Top Cow/Image Comics, shared his inspiration for his “superhero team” with us.
I’ve been wanting to draw a big team charging forward for the longest time. When I was young, George Perez would do this and seemingly draw every character he could think of into one image. I suppose there have been many male-dominated superhero teams over the years and I wanted to draw a female-centric one highlighting some of the best, most well-rounded women in every corner of pop-culture/ fandom. I’ve always loved crossovers and I like the idea of my favorite characters across media interacting.
That all said, I would be remiss not to mention the feminist theme in the drawing. Once, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates said, “The feminist critique is in the air now. If my rendition of Black Panther wasn’t created by that critique, it breathed the same air.” Feminist critique is swimming in the back of my mind with everything I create, whether I’m conscious of it or not. I also like to think about Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s reply when people asked her when there will be enough women on the Supreme Court. She answered, “nine” and goes on to say, “but there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”
I’m certainly not here to put a judgment on anyone’s taste, but personally, my favorite stories celebrate diversity and inclusion. For me, that’s what comics are about.
Can you name all seventeen? If not, we’ve included a cheat sheet below.
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Run the World Character List:
Storm (Original outfit)
Ahsoka (Rebels costume)
Korra (season 2 costume)
Batgirl (Cameron Stewart design)
Captain Marvel (Kris Anka design)
Wonder Woman (José Luis García-López version)
Samus (Smash Brothers version)