In this article I focus on the graphic narratives Gogi (1970–the present) by Nigar
Nazar and Haroon Rashid’s Burka Avenger (2013–the present) in particular to
examine the empowering portrayal of Muslim girlhood that these works offer in
addition to advocating for the rights of Muslim girls. I emphasize that graphic
narratives have become a powerful medium that represents the resistance of Muslim
girlhood both in the context of local patriarchies and as a tool to challenge
the stereotypical representation of Muslim identities globally. By focusing on the
depiction of the girl protagonists in these graphic narratives, I analyze how these
artists rework the western superhero trope to foreground the girls’ everyday heroism.
Moreover, by situating the interaction of the girls with Pakistani cityscapes,
I argue, in terms of De Certeau’s concept of tactics, that the protagonists navigate
the Pakistani cities as familiar places rather than as othered spaces.