From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Alison Dare, 12, is impetuous and bossy, and her sidekicks follow the old-fashioned Nancy Drew archetypes of "ditzy and timid but good-hearted" and "tomboyish and frumpy but brave." The initial cast of characters outside of the three girls has little introduction, and struggling readers may have a difficult time following the story lines. In Little Miss Adventures, readers eventually meet Alison and learn her story. The action is more about her archaeologist mom and superhero dad, and because she is introduced late in the text, it's a long wait to find out where she fits in to their exciting world. Kids are likely to be bored or frustrated by that wait. Despite the shaky start, Heart of the Maiden has many entertaining moments (including a run-in with an Evil Elvis as "King Memphis" and a completely believable "he said/she said" account of a mummy's curse). Unfortunately, the black-and-white pen-and-ink cells are cramped and styled for teens rather than the elementary audience these books seem to be trying to engage. For uninitiated graphic-novel readers, they have too much text, which takes the place of action, and the action itself is difficult to follow. Traditional novel fans will find plots filled with holes and main characters who are not particularly likable or easy to relate to. These books would serve best in a collection in which readers are primed for more difficult graphic-novel styles.Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA
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"Meet 12-year-old Alison Dare, a youngster with a flair for action and adventure…. The fluid, confident B&W art can be detailed, and there’s a lot of dialogue to digest, but they give the sometimes predictable storyline a charm and freshness."
– Publishers Weekly
"These are the comics I wish I had as a kid! … Jason Bone’s art really brings the story to life; it’s expressive without being exaggerated, and he really brings out the goofy humor of the stories."
– Comic Book Resource
"…Bone’s open art is a wonderful counterpart to these funny tales of derring-do that don’t quite go as expected. His figures are simple and compact, suggesting unexpected power and ability…. Torres’ writing is playful, with occasional pop culture references…. It’s his humor that gives Alison Dare its unique twist. Many kids dream of magical adventures, and Alison’s experiences fill that desire nicely."
– Johanna, Comics Worth Reading