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The Adventures of Superhero Girl Hardcover – February 26, 2013
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About the Author
Faith Erin Hicks is a writer and artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her graphic novels include "Zombies Calling, The War at Ellsmere, Brain Camp" (with Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan), "Friends with Boys, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong" (with Prudence Shen), the Bigfoot Boy series (with J. Torres), "The Last of Us: American Dreams" (with Neil Druckmann), the Eisner Award-winning "The Adventures of Superhero Girl", and the Nameless City series. faitherinhicks.com
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Top Customer Reviews
The Adventures of Superhero Girl is essentially a gag strip. Each page concludes with a laugh or something close -- a snicker, a chuckle, a smile. Superhero Girl knocks over trees to rescue cats. She doesn't have the requirements for the job -- an origin story, an archnemesis -- but she can lift objects that are ten times her own size. Then again, as someone tells her, so can ants. That cracked me up.
Sometimes she forgets to put on her cape. Sometimes she forgets what her superpowers are. Sometimes she forgets to take off her mask when she changes into her secret identity. When she forgets to put on sunblock before donning her costume, she gets tan lines around her mask. That also cracked me up.
In flashbacks we see Superhero Girl as a kid, fighting with her superpowered brother, and later as she chooses a college, decides to strike out on her own, and gets kicked out of school because of all the surprise ninja attacks. It isn't easy being Superhero Girl.
I'm sure a twelve-year-old girl would love this, but even older guys with a sense of humor should enjoy The Adventures of Superhero Girl.
Highly recommended. Sorry that this may be the only book in this series.
One of the neat things about THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL is that it allows you to pretty much pick any place as a jumping on point. Some of the stories cling to a larger arc, but mostly you can read it as a series of one-offs. It's a webcomic that was originally created for a Canadian Nova Scotia newspaper called The Coast. And it's available online for free. Still, I encourage you to buy this Dark Horse-published collection as a show of support. Faith Erin Hicks works hard, puts out fantastic content, and deserves your having her back.
I can't really go into great detail about Superhero Girl because a huge part of the magic is your reading about her for the first time and learning what she's all about.Read more ›
We have a very appealing heroine. Hicks fits a lot of personality and attitude into her simple, expressive drawings and a few thought bubbles per strip. We have great secondary characters - the roomie, the superhero brother, the doubting bystander - who provide context for and commentary on Superhero Girl's various plights.
The humor is remarkably gentle and deadpan. The feel of the book is reminiscent of early "Doonesbury" and some of the most effective parts of the Scott Pilgrim saga. Maybe that's a Canadian thing, and I mean that in the best possible way. This gentle humor highlights the earnestness and sort of hapless nobility of our heroine.
The upshot is that there is a lot packed into this effort. Because it is a strip compilation there is a lot of room for changes in tone, story and mood. Maybe some adolescent angst; maybe some good natured kidding of the superhero genre; maybe a quiet strip with no punchline at all.
I should mention that the drawing is superb. Characters are very expressively rendered. There is no frantic hyperventilating. Imagine how accomplished you have to be to draw a strip that is funny and/or touching with no dialogue at all and only drawing to tell the story. Some of the panels are that good. (The book ends with excerpts from Hicks' "Sketchbook" that show the evolution of the character and her look. That's always interesting and it's a nice bonus here.)
So, if you would like to sample a cheerfully engaging and technically very accomplished work of art, this is a great place to start.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Faith Erin Hicks is one of our favorite comics pros, and this is a funny, light read with heart.
Superhero Girl faces all the struggles of young adulthood, such as... Read more
I read this originally online and liked it so much I had to get it for my daughter (11). She loved it! Faith is ready to blow up!Published 10 months ago by KL
Great story. Great graphics. Creative and really funny take on a modern day girl-power superhero with #FirstWorldProblems. I just wish it was longer.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am nine years old. I think this book was really interesting and funny. The characters have funny personalities. And it's a book that I would read over and over again. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LoraLeighAddict
My 10 year old daughter absolutely LOVES this graphic novel!Published 14 months ago by Birdie's Mom
Superhero Girl can't catch a break. Despite her mighty powers, the public doesn't take her seriously (while showering accolades on her more famous brother), she can't find a job... Read morePublished 16 months ago by J K Carrier
Love the childish dialogs and illustrations. A good laugh now and then. I recommend it if you are looking a book with superheroes with teenage problems and ninjas.Published 17 months ago by Luis Gutiérrez
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... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kayla