Q&A #178: Who is your favorite child in comics?

In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.

Who is your favorite child in comics?


One of my favorite characters in comics lately is Hope Summers. She’s just so incredibly bad-ass and stubborn and complicated. She’s more than held her own in conversations with Professor X, Magneto, Cyclops, Wolverine, and even Captain America.

a panel featuring a conversation between Hope and Scott Summers

Technically, she’s a teenager, but I think if you ever actually called Hope a child, she’s punch you. Or shoot you with a very big gun. So I’m going to go with another one of my favorite characters in recent comics, Kid Loki.

a panel featuring Kid Loki drinking at a soda shop

Kid Loki is just awesome. Even though the powers he has at his disposal are steep in trickery and deception, all he wants to do is the right thing. He wants to protect Asgardia and help out his big brother Thor. Usually he ends up creating a giant political mess in the process, but all’s well that ends well, eh?

Also, he just breaks your heart.


Damian Wayne hits all my buttons. Seriously screwed up but strangely deeply loyal family. Deep seated inferiority complex that exhibits itself as arrogance and an exaggerated sense of entitlement. Desperate determination to prove himself. He was made up to be my favorite.

a panel featuring Bruce and Damian Wayne, both bandaged

Plus he’s ADORABLE.


This is going old school, but Rini from Sailor Moon has always been one of my favorite children in comics. As a kid reading the manga, I think it was the first time my mind was blown by something completely weird happening in a comic–Sailor Moon has a child? But she’s in high school…? Definitely my first exposure to the quirky world of Japanese, uh, everything.

a panel featuring Chibiusa leaping and smiling

Beyond that, there’s just the fact that she is really cool–she can totally handle herself in fights even though she is a little girl, her from the future weird-ness means that she gets all kinds of cool story lines, and her hair is PINK. I mean, come on. Too cool.


My favorite child in comics is Lian Harper.

a panel of Lian Harper, dressed like her father Roy

Tell me that kid isn’t adorable. I really loved a lot about what she represented in comics, as a multiracial child of a hero with a dark past and a villain who loves her daughter despite everything. And Lian herself was smart and precious. She fit right in with the Arrow family, and among the Titans. Her relationship with her father was really sweet, and one of the bright spots in Roy’s storyline.

So naturally they killed her off to make Roy go insane, all of which was pointless because they rebooted him and turned him into… what he is now.

But we’ll always have our memories and our back issues. Long live Lian.

So what about you? Who is your favorite child in comics?

  • Peter

    Not really a child in today’s continuity (unless you count the out-of-continuity minis but I never got into them as much), but my favorite child character when I was a child was Julie Power of Power Pack. I liked all the kids, but Julie was my favorite. Mostly because she felt like a girl version of me, a big fantasy reader, to the point of getting lost in books or reading while walking. She also, at the time I really got into the series, had the coolest powers (this was during the period where the team had for the first time swapped powers and she had the cloud powers… the flight power was never that interesting to me, but I still liked the character) and that always captured my imagination.

  • Lian Harper forever! I have a beautiful vision of a future Teen Titans that is Lian, Irey West, and Milagro Reyes (Damian Wayne sulking in the corner somewhere because Lian is the leader and not him).

  • CalvinPitt

    If we can use comic strips, Calvin, from Calvin & Hobbes. I was never as devious as him, but I had a bit of a wicked side, a smart mouth that got me in trouble, and I had a pretty vivid imagination. I could also appreciate having a cool friend to go on adventures with.

    Plus, my parents claim it was Calvin that made me suddenly hate all vegetables. I don’t know if this is true, though it sounds plausible, but a) that only makes it funnier, and b) this belief didn’t stop them from buying all the collections for me, so who’s really at fault?

  • Sam

    Jess, I would looooooooooooooove a future Teen Titans team with Lian, Irey, Milagro and Damian. Throw in Ramsey Robinson and that will be the best team since Young Justice, IMO.