Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin HicksRelease Date: February 26th 2013
Publisher:  Dark Horse
: 112
Genre: Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Humor
Source: Library
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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 is the second book I’ve read by Faith Erin Hicks and I think she has officially made it to my auto-buy list. The first book I read was Friends With Boys (check out the review HERE), it was great and this book didn’t disappoint either. This is a great sort of parody about superhero comics and it is pretty funny.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl follows around a not-so-typical neighborhood superhero. She doesn’t have a fancy costume, or a fortress of solitude. She forgets to put on sunscreen and ends up with a mask shaped sunburn, if she remembers to take off her mask at all. She shops for her outfit in a discount store, and does her laundry at the laundry mat. She fights the same guys almost daily and feels like she lives in her brother’s shadow. She also has no tragic backstory like more superheroes. Superhero Girl is very easily relatable because she looks so ordinary.

The Adventures of Superhero Girl brings Faith Erin Hicks already fantastic back and white strips into a full color. I really think adding color adds so much to a comic book or graphic novel. Now if only they would release Friends with Boys in all color!

I will definitely be purchasing this book for my collection and I can’t wait to get my hands on more books by Faith Erin Hicks. This is definitely on my list of favorite graphic novels/comics.

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