Friday, February 13, 2015

Comics Friday: Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag

From Goodreads:
With superstrength and invulnerability, Alison Green used to be one of the most powerful superheroes around. 

Fighting crime with other teenagers under the alter ego Mega Girl was fun - until an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading arch enemy, showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy, and suddenly battling giant robots didn't seem so important. 

Now Alison is going to college and trying to find ways to help the world while still getting to class on time. It's impossible to escape the past, however, and everyone has their own idea of what it means to be a hero.... 

After a phenomenal success on Kickstarter, Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag bring their popular webcomic into print, collecting the first four issues, as well as some all-new, full-color pages!
This started as a web comic and had a successful Kickstarter campaign to become a printed comic.  I'm thrilled that it worked out because I doubt I would have discovered it on my own without it being in print.  I love web comics but I don't spend much time perusing them, so I hadn't heart of this one until the Kickstarter campaign.

First of all, I love the idea of a female super hero who is just trying to be a normal girl.  I love all of the thought that goes into her meditations on what super heroes do for culture as a whole, their effect on the world, and the ethics of being lionized by the public for something that you can't control.

I also particularly enjoyed the notes on each page from the artist and author that give a bit of meta-commentary on what's happening on the page.  It reads fast and doesn't have so much philosophizing that the story is dragged down but not so little that there's no depth.  It's really just perfect and I think a great, fresh take on the whole super hero genre.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy to review!

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