The Adventures of Superhero Girl
author : Faith Erin Hicks
pages : [hardcover] 212
What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores, and have a weakness for kittens, and a snarky comment from Skeptical Guy can ruin a whole afternoon? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings her skills in character design and sharp, charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, superhero battling monsters both supernatural and mundane in an all-too-ordinary world.
This book was a really fun collection of comics about Superhero Girl that pokes fun at the idea of superheroes while also making us readers believe in how completely awesome Superhero Girl is. Despite the fact that, as she says, she can leap over tall buildings but can’t fly, something that most people think makes her a lame hero!
I loved the humor in these adventures. Her quest for an arch-nemesis, problems with her completely ordinary roommate, family drama . . . As soon as I finished, I wanted more from her, and I’m tempted to read this again because I feel like I went through it too quickly! It was too addictive to put down and because it’s in comic format, it’s easy to flip through it quickly. I think that originally portions were published online in a serialized form. Most of the pages tell little stories within themselves, that build into a bigger understanding of Superhero Girl and the world she lives in.
This is a collection that I think could be enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls. Not only is it great to have another female superhero to look up to, it pokes fun at the conventional superhero stories, thus making fun of itself as it goes along. How many comics do you think do that?
I’d recommend this book to anyone! I think that there’s something enjoyable in it for everybody and that it’ll be a quick favorite to those who take an hour to read through it.