Adventures of Superhero Girl

Faith Erin Hicks. Dark Horse, $16.99 (112p) ISBN 978-1-61655-084-4
This charming modern vision of a Superhero Girl features a young woman living an uncertain life, unsure of the best way to contribute to society. It’s superhero as person instead of as corporate symbol or fight machine. We see her struggling with relatable elements of daily life, like keeping her mother informed of how things are going or having to replace her cape after it shrunk in the laundry. One of the best strips has Superhero Girl explaining to a fan how she too can be a superhero without having a horrible tragedy in her past. This strip shines because it’s fresh and lighthearted without wallowing in angst. Her arch-nemesis is a normal guy who keeps telling her she’s doing it wrong. She struggles to balance her calling with a paying day job but keeps forgetting to take her mask off. Her annoying perfect brother Kevin shows her up, and she struggles with whether to stay hero or take the easier, villainous way to riches. The comic is perfectly suited to Hicks’s expressive figures and energetic storytelling. The perfect laugh-filled tonic for heavier angst-filled superhero series. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/28/2013
Release date: 02/01/2013
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