Drawn to Comics: 6 Terrific Women Immigrants and Refugees From Comics

As long as the United States has been a country, and even since before it was this country, it’s been a country where Immigrants are a vital part of what makes the country work. America as we know it started as a group of white men coming over to colonize it, and then murdering and pillaging their way across the land until they had a country. Since then, immigrants have come from every country, from every ethnicity and class and religion and ability and gender and sexuality. It’s honestly downright ridiculous that in modern day America there are people, especially people in power, who think it’s okay to block immigrants from coming into America if they’re from certain areas of the world or they belong to certain religions. It’s even more ridiculous to block refugees who are fleeing danger and war and persecution to reach the “American Dream.”

But this is exactly what the United States government is doing right now. Donald Trump and his Nazi friends hate Muslims and are scared of brown people. Fuck Donald Trump. Fuck Nazis. Fuck everyone who wants to keep immigrants and refugees out of the United States. Obviously real-life immigrants and refugees are way more important than fictional ones ever will be, but here are some characters you can read about if you want to see stories about immigrants and refugees who are kicking bad guys’ butts.

Art by Joe Quinones

America Chavez

The daughter of two moms from another planet and dimension, America is about as immigrant as you can get. She’s one of the best Latina characters in comics and so apart from being from another dimension and planet, she’s also representative of the many Latinx immigrants that live here and deserve to be treated with respect. You can read about her in the upcoming America solo series by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones.

Adele Silveira, Agents of the Realm

One of the titular Agents, Adele is a college student from Brazil who’s studying here in the United States. She’s confident, excited and full of love and affection. When she’s in a fight she uses her polearm to defend her friends and go on the offensive. Without her, the team and the comic just wouldn’t be the same.

Art by Victor Ibanez


Storm was born in Kenya, and she still sometimes lives there, or in other parts of Africa like Cairo or the fictional nation of Wakanda. But she also spends a lot of time living in the United States, where she’s pretty much the best X-Man of all time. Ororo Monroe is one of the most iconic and well-loved superheroes from the entire Marvel universe, and if Republicans had their way, she probably wouldn’t be allowed in our country.


Another X-Man, Dust’s real name is Sooraya Qadir, and she was born in Afghanistan before travelling to the United States to study at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. She wears a niqab and is a Sunni Muslim, and she’s a superhero who saves lives and fights evil. Sooraya’s power is a mutant ability to turn into a sand-like substance, and she fights alongside the Young Mutants.

Ms. Marvel’s Mom, Muneeba Khan

Ms. Marvel’s real name is Kamala Khan and her parents are both Muslim immigrants from Karachi, Pakistan. They’re the kind of people who are being specifically targeted by Trump’s evil, Nazi policies. Muneeba is a protective and oftentimes traditional mom, but she’s also extremely loving and supportive. At one point, Kamala revealed her superhero status to her mom and her mom hugged her and said “Oh, beta, I know… If the worst thing you do is sneak out to help suffering people, then I thank God for having raised a righteous child.” She’s a great mom.

Captain America’s mom, Sarah Rogers

Sarah Rogers is from Ireland and moved to New York City after she married Joseph Rogers. This is something that Captain America brings up again and again when “patriots” try to argue with him that immigrants are ruining the country. It’s not only evil and hateful to want to ban immigrants because of where they come from, but Captain America, a symbol of patriotism, opposes it.

New Releases (February 1)

Absolute Wonder Woman by Azzarello and Chang Vol 1 HC

DC Comics Bombshells #22

Harley Quinn #13

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys TP

Shade the Changing Girl #5

Wonder Woman Vol 9 Resurrection TP

Jem & The Holograms Annual 2017

Jem: Misfits #2

Paper Girls #11

Gwenpool #11

Hawkeye #3

Spider-Gwen Vol 1 HC

Unstoppable Wasp #2

Adventure Time #61

Disney Frozen #5

Faith #8

Giant Days #23

Goldie Vance #9

Josie and The Pussycats #4

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  1. I love America (she and Moana are my favorite characters of all time, I never shut up about her), and I know I’m probably the only person who thinks this, but the Formation cover bothers me. I don’t remember if shes’s canonically black and Latina, but I’ve had a huge problem with people adopting Formation for their own needs (especially white women using it during the election). Formation was a love letter for black women. Not all women, not all women of color. Black women. And in the interest in making sure that all people of color aren’t all boxed together, I just need to say that I don’t like everyone appropriating it. I’m half black and I don’t even think I can use it for myself, so the idea of assuming that Formation imagery is okay to use for all women of color just feels off to me.

    Obviously, if I’m incorrect and she is mixed, and the series is going to discuss what it’s like being biracial, I support it a little more. And again, I know I’m not in the majority on this one because I’ve seen so many people on Tumblr praise this cover, but it’s been bothering me since I first saw the imagery.

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