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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 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!


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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 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!

30 review for Strong Female Protagonist. Book One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    I haven't been great about updating my graphic novel reading, it's hard to think of Goodreads as a place to review them, but why not, I have a shelf dammit! This is my latest read, a thick graphic novel that was crowd funded on Kickstarter, which is cool. I'll be honest: the title was a bit of a turnoff for me. I think the phrase is so overused in media that I had to overcome a bit of unconscious reluctance to get into this. Thank goodness I overcame it! This is a really fun journey of a girl tr I haven't been great about updating my graphic novel reading, it's hard to think of Goodreads as a place to review them, but why not, I have a shelf dammit! This is my latest read, a thick graphic novel that was crowd funded on Kickstarter, which is cool. I'll be honest: the title was a bit of a turnoff for me. I think the phrase is so overused in media that I had to overcome a bit of unconscious reluctance to get into this. Thank goodness I overcame it! This is a really fun journey of a girl trying to be normal even though she's "super". It reminded me a lot of the new Ms Marvel, which I ADORE. In certain parts it did feel like it was trying to hard to check the boxes of rebellion against the tropes of Superhero comic, but the ability of the author to generally put an interesting twist on them, especially later on in the book, was really refreshing. I was drawn into the story and would love to read more!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    One of the best aspects of NetGalley is that I get to try things that are a bit outside of my wheelhouse or that I wasn't previously aware of until I skimmed the latest offerings. It led me to discover the sublime Sex Criminals, Volume I last year and now I've come across another gem with Strong Female Protagonist. This web-comic takes ingredients from some of the main-stream comic publishing events (Marvel's Civil War springs to mind) and the sensibility of Buffy and other Whedon-verse shows to One of the best aspects of NetGalley is that I get to try things that are a bit outside of my wheelhouse or that I wasn't previously aware of until I skimmed the latest offerings. It led me to discover the sublime Sex Criminals, Volume I last year and now I've come across another gem with Strong Female Protagonist. This web-comic takes ingredients from some of the main-stream comic publishing events (Marvel's Civil War springs to mind) and the sensibility of Buffy and other Whedon-verse shows to offer us the story of Alex Green. Once known as Mega Girl and part of an elite fighting force of superheroes, Alex publicly unmasked and is trying to live a normal life. As a freshman in college, Alex struggles with the remnants of her fame, including a professor who holds an obvious grudge against her (and when it's revealed why, it's one of the most heartbreaking and moving moments in a story filled with them) and the fact that she can't stop at fast food place to enjoy a burger and fries without being recognized. As a deconstruction of super hero stories, Strong Female Protagonist works extremely well. But more than that, the story is a compelling, fascinating character examination of not only Alex but also others affected by the realization that they have super powers. It's a world where these powers have consequences, both negative and positive. One haunting aspect is a former super villain who has come up with an interesting way to use her powers to atone for her sins. There's also the fourth chapter of the book that fills in details of Alex growing up and her relationship with his family and the family's favorite pet. The fourth chapter alone is worth the price of admission for this book, but I'd say it's far more affecting having spent the first three chapters getting to know Alex and her world. As if all that weren't enough, each page of the comic includes an aside from the authors, highlighting certain aspects of the story, deconstructing what is happening on the panels above or offering asides that will tickle your funny bone or offer character insight. (One of them pokes fun at the reader's attempt to read more significance than is necessarily there by pointing out how the author drew the inspiration. Again, more than worth the price of admission). After reading four chapters of Strong Female Protagonist, I'm intrigued enough to want to read more about Alex and her world. I'll happily tune in to new installments as their released on-line at Strong Female Protagonist and hope that this won't be the only collection of this comic that we get to see on our shelves. In the interest of full disclosure, I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    E

    *** Received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review. *** Strong Female Protagonist is a tie-in of webcomics about Alison Green, a retired super-heroine. With other teenage superheroes, she used to fight crime with her superstrength, but eventually she decided to lead a normal life and go to college. To be honest, it's been a month since I read the first sixty pages and besides some accidents with her superstrength I can't recall what was going on. It happens to me only rarely that I don't f *** Received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review. *** Strong Female Protagonist is a tie-in of webcomics about Alison Green, a retired super-heroine. With other teenage superheroes, she used to fight crime with her superstrength, but eventually she decided to lead a normal life and go to college. To be honest, it's been a month since I read the first sixty pages and besides some accidents with her superstrength I can't recall what was going on. It happens to me only rarely that I don't finish something. I usually make myself to do it, it might take a month or a year but I usually do it eventually. But with this one, I just couldn't. I'm about 60 pages in and I lost any interest I could have had to read this comic book. And that was a month ago so I don't think there's any chance I will finish this. I wanted to say some good things about this comic book but I don't think I actually liked anything about it. Starting with the art, it wasn't appealing at all to me. It's black and white and bit shaky. And I realize the ebook version is not a great quality but in this case it was just plain annoying. What I thought from the beginning and I know for sure is that a colour makes it better - apparently the new parts of the webcomic are in colour and it makes it so much better! What I found most annoying were the bottom explanation lines that are not in the original webcomic but were for some reason added here. I don't know if they're supposed to be funny or helpful but for me they were very distracting. (And I tried skipping them but it's always weird when there's always one more like to read on the page and you just skip it.) As for the main character, Alison, there just wasn't anything I could relate to and she just wasn't interesting at all. She was incredibly whiny, which is probably the main reason I didn't care at all about her history nor her future. She is super strong but she doesn't seem to control her power very much which seems to be a reason of her insecurities. I think the insecurity was supposed to make her more human but it just make me dislike her more. The only reason Alison is called strong female protagonist is because she's physically strong. And maybe I'm just too dismissive with her but to me she's just... not anyone I want to read about. I think it might be better to actually follow the comic series on the website because I can't stand this for longer time periods... I wanted to like it but it just didn't happen.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    I actually read this in webcomic form, but I'm going to have to go out and buy this because I /loved/ it. This is my most philosophical, thought-provoking read in a long time. This examines superheros in so many different ways, presenting a whole array of ways to look at that possibility while tying them into a bigger narrative of power dynamics between people. Except that it's also just Allison's life, trying to discover who she is since she decided (as a teenager) to quit being a superhero whi I actually read this in webcomic form, but I'm going to have to go out and buy this because I /loved/ it. This is my most philosophical, thought-provoking read in a long time. This examines superheros in so many different ways, presenting a whole array of ways to look at that possibility while tying them into a bigger narrative of power dynamics between people. Except that it's also just Allison's life, trying to discover who she is since she decided (as a teenager) to quit being a superhero while still wanting to save the world. Also feminist as fuck. This is dense and weighty while being funny and engrossing. Like Nimona, I'd heard this was good in a general way, but I had no idea what I was getting into. I actually think this would be a cool book club read. It definitely brings up a lot of points of discussion. I've caught up with the webcomic now, but I'm tempted to just start over again. I'm still craving that reading experience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jes Reads

    Truly enjoyed this. I loved the story arc, when is enough enough? And is there really a place for superheros if they're only there to fight supervillians? If they all went away wouldn't things go back to normal? Loved our MC as well, which never happens with me and female leads. Truly enjoyed this. I loved the story arc, when is enough enough? And is there really a place for superheros if they're only there to fight supervillians? If they all went away wouldn't things go back to normal? Loved our MC as well, which never happens with me and female leads.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    This story opens with Allison Green, retired superhero, celebrating her 20th birthday and heading home to college after winter break. In a moment of inattention she steps in front of a bus- which severely damages the bus but does not effect her at all, since she developed powers of super strength and invulnerability at puberty. She is one of many teens world wide gifted or cursed with biodynamism, the sudden unexplained onset of powers of various usefulness (think X-men). She and three others fo This story opens with Allison Green, retired superhero, celebrating her 20th birthday and heading home to college after winter break. In a moment of inattention she steps in front of a bus- which severely damages the bus but does not effect her at all, since she developed powers of super strength and invulnerability at puberty. She is one of many teens world wide gifted or cursed with biodynamism, the sudden unexplained onset of powers of various usefulness (think X-men). She and three others formed a crime-fighting team called The Guardians and skipped high school to take down a handful of villains and save the world a few times. It was only when Allison faced down her greatest nemesis, the mind-reading, hyper-intelligent Menace and talked to him that she realized how very little she really knew about the world. She unmasked herself and went back to school to focus on problems that are harder to beat with a punch in the face: poverty, inequality, the energy crisis, domestic violence, and global peace. This is one of the smartest, most nuanced and thought provoking superhero series I've ever read. It's also one of artist Molly Ostertag's earliest published works. Compared to her current work, the art is rough, especially right at the beginning. But it's a kick to see her work develop throughout the story, which was originally posted online as a webcomic (and is still available to read for free at https://strongfemaleprotagonist.com).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    This may be the most thoughtful book about superheroes I've ever read. Alison Green used to be Mega Girl. She was really good at punching robots... until she discovered that punching robots couldn't save the world. Now she's in college, trying to live a normal life and figure out how to actually save the world. But things are more complicated when you have superpowers. There is so much heart in this book, so much love for Alison, and Alison has such deep love for people. Mulligan and Ostertag exp This may be the most thoughtful book about superheroes I've ever read. Alison Green used to be Mega Girl. She was really good at punching robots... until she discovered that punching robots couldn't save the world. Now she's in college, trying to live a normal life and figure out how to actually save the world. But things are more complicated when you have superpowers. There is so much heart in this book, so much love for Alison, and Alison has such deep love for people. Mulligan and Ostertag explore the question of what you should do with your abilities, whatever they may be. And they do it well. The second book came out since I first started recommending this series, and it was completely satisfying. We're definitely in for the third! You can read Strong Female Protagonist online, since it was a webcomic before being collected in book form. The printed book has an advantage, though, because they included a line at the bottom of every page that's semi-hidden as mouseover text in the webcomic. It's like director's commentary, but bite-size and funny. I like the book lettering better, too.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    OMFG. That was amazing! Succeeds where all the other superhero-am-I-really-doing-any-lasting-good? Or because-I-can-save-the-world-does-that-mean-I-should storylines fail .... because really that is the whole storyline: a former "superhero" who's admitted she's just a kid who doesn't know what she's doing and goes on to try and figure out what is the best thing to do with her life as a human. Feels all around, a family unit (she's not an orphan!) everyone will wish was theirs, and some good old OMFG. That was amazing! Succeeds where all the other superhero-am-I-really-doing-any-lasting-good? Or because-I-can-save-the-world-does-that-mean-I-should storylines fail .... because really that is the whole storyline: a former "superhero" who's admitted she's just a kid who doesn't know what she's doing and goes on to try and figure out what is the best thing to do with her life as a human. Feels all around, a family unit (she's not an orphan!) everyone will wish was theirs, and some good old fashioned moral dilemmas that don't actually have answers. Thank you for this!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    This. This is what The Adventures of Superhero Girl wants to be when it grows up. While it does improve markedly, the art early on was occasionally a problem. It looks like a series of concept drawings, and sloppy composition had word balloons pointing to the wrong character a couple times. Also, the baggage-laden title could use some work. But it's damned smart, challenging writing. Alison is a 19yo retired Superman-esque superhero, a sophomore in college, and a frustrated idealist. She wrestle This. This is what The Adventures of Superhero Girl wants to be when it grows up. While it does improve markedly, the art early on was occasionally a problem. It looks like a series of concept drawings, and sloppy composition had word balloons pointing to the wrong character a couple times. Also, the baggage-laden title could use some work. But it's damned smart, challenging writing. Alison is a 19yo retired Superman-esque superhero, a sophomore in college, and a frustrated idealist. She wrestles with life as a reluctant celebrity, her failure to have any lasting impact on the world, her developing identity, her responsibilities to family, friends, and the world at large. Various opinions are proffered about what precisely are the world's problems and which strategies stand a chance at improving things. There are no easy answers. It rings wonderfully true. (view spoiler)[One powerful plotline involves a regenerating hero who gives up crimefighting to become an organ donor. In perpetuity. 24-7. This is utterly horrifying when you think about it. It's a beautiful and painful sequence, pitting her need to change the world against her friends' need to see her healthy and whole and not in unending torment, and their skepticism that it will make any difference. Neither side is wrong. (hide spoiler)] ------------------------ Re-read 2/17/18. Damn I love this book. "At the end of the day, the problem is education. Without an educated population, it doesn't matter what other problems you try to tackle. It's not gonna work. Think of how much less powerful campaign contributions would be if people had the critical thinking skills to see through advertising? Think of how many of our problems are based just on pure ignorance, whether it's antiscience people or bigots or whatever." "An adult human being is the most fearsome, terrifying, and powerful animal on the planet, and parenting is the act of creating an adult human being."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    Five stars, which is what I give to books so good I believe you should read them even if they are not your genre at all. It's also all free online, at Strong Female Protagonist. I started reading it expecting... a kind of comedy of manners, I guess. Superhero dealing with university life! How wacky, yeah? Twenty pages in, it hooked me. It got... well, it wasn't ever un-smart, but it got pointed. Then there was the TV interview scene in issue 2, and issue 3 has a beautiful story arc with Feral. I Five stars, which is what I give to books so good I believe you should read them even if they are not your genre at all. It's also all free online, at Strong Female Protagonist. I started reading it expecting... a kind of comedy of manners, I guess. Superhero dealing with university life! How wacky, yeah? Twenty pages in, it hooked me. It got... well, it wasn't ever un-smart, but it got pointed. Then there was the TV interview scene in issue 2, and issue 3 has a beautiful story arc with Feral. I really cannot summarize it, but you can read it! It's free online! And it's just... I am not doing it justice, but it's so damn thoughtful. The comic basically takes the statement "There are superheroes!" and answers it with "So what?" Not a dismissive so what, not a trite so what, a genuinely thoughtful and considerate examination of the question. And it's beautiful. (And my copy of the book has Feral and Menace hand-drawn on the signed frontispiece. You cannot imagine the squee.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I read this online first and I still love it. It's one of the best and cleverest superhero stories I've ever read, with complex characters, and addressing some really interesting ethical concerns surrounding superheroes. It also includes the line "I don't really identify as a person... but I am trying very hard to do good things" and I dare you to write anything better than that as an answer to the question "are you a good person?". I read this online first and I still love it. It's one of the best and cleverest superhero stories I've ever read, with complex characters, and addressing some really interesting ethical concerns surrounding superheroes. It also includes the line "I don't really identify as a person... but I am trying very hard to do good things" and I dare you to write anything better than that as an answer to the question "are you a good person?".

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alisha Ali

    Strong female protagonist is a bind up of 5 issues of a webseries that got funding through kickstarter to become this little book. I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels as they never have enough story for my liking. Overall it was an ok experience but not one that I'll be tripping over myself to recommend. Strong female protagonist is a bind up of 5 issues of a webseries that got funding through kickstarter to become this little book. I'm not the biggest fan of graphic novels as they never have enough story for my liking. Overall it was an ok experience but not one that I'll be tripping over myself to recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Was a bit muddled at the beginning but it picked up steam and ended up being a really lovely comic - and funny - and human - and of course great art by Molly Ostertag! This is sort of a Watchmen lite - it questions the idea that superheroes are inherently moral.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica-Robyn

    Strong Female Protagonist is exactly what I want in a story about tights and capes. Not only is this wonderful graphic novel full of well written characters and wonderful art, but it does what many superhero stories are afraid to do. It asks the reader to apply the idea of real world consequences to the familiar landscape of a superhero narrative. Strong Female Protagonist is not about the Kick! Punch! Bang!. (Although there is certainly some of that.) Instead, its primary focus is centered on b Strong Female Protagonist is exactly what I want in a story about tights and capes. Not only is this wonderful graphic novel full of well written characters and wonderful art, but it does what many superhero stories are afraid to do. It asks the reader to apply the idea of real world consequences to the familiar landscape of a superhero narrative. Strong Female Protagonist is not about the Kick! Punch! Bang!. (Although there is certainly some of that.) Instead, its primary focus is centered on building a world that is grounded in reality with all the fun parts of human nature and those pesky gray areas. What would really happen if young children began to develop super powers? What do superheroes and villains do to our sense of morality? What is the real fall out when innocent lives and property become collateral damage in a bigger fight? What is the political and global response outside of the USA? How do people with powers who don't wear tights integrate into society? All of these concepts are wrapped around the story of Alison Green, a young woman and former superhero. After she revealed her own secret identity to the world in attempt to break free from it she is just a girl trying to attend college and live her life as best she can. Her friends, her family, and her personal opinions about what makes a superhero is the centre to what is clearly a personal journey and a mysterious evil force still stalking her life. She is a legitimately interesting character with motivations that make me want to keep reading. If you are the kind of person who when reading a comic or watching the latest blockbuster has to stop and ask yourself what would really happen then this graphic novel will probably be for you. Strong Female Protagonist is essentially CONSEQUENCES!: The graphic novel and I loved it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anne Nerison

    Well, this was fantastic. I kind of figured it would be, from the moment I spotted it at Fitgers Books. Reasons I love Strong Female Protagonist: 1) The title. I mean, really. It's pretty much my genre kryptonite, as the good folks over at Book Riot would call it. 2) The book's blurb. A former superhero trying to be "normal"? Yes, please. 3) Graphic novel. 4) At the beginning of the first chapter, there's a note that the original online comic had mouseover text, which is included at the bottom of Well, this was fantastic. I kind of figured it would be, from the moment I spotted it at Fitgers Books. Reasons I love Strong Female Protagonist: 1) The title. I mean, really. It's pretty much my genre kryptonite, as the good folks over at Book Riot would call it. 2) The book's blurb. A former superhero trying to be "normal"? Yes, please. 3) Graphic novel. 4) At the beginning of the first chapter, there's a note that the original online comic had mouseover text, which is included at the bottom of every page. YES. "xkcd," "Dumbing of Age," "Girls with Slingshots"--mouseover text is so much fun, those little notes by the authors/artists about the comic, either a little insertion of opinion or a reaction or some other detail. 5) The story! Of course I loved the story. Alison Green, formerly known as Mega Girl, is just trying to get through her freshman year of college. But try as she might to forget her past, it seems no one around her can. This ranges from inadvertently taking advantage of her invulnerability and super strength, to holding a bit (an understatement in some cases) of a grudge against her because of her abilities. What I just realized, and makes me appreciate this even more, is that even thought there's some stuff that goes down that she must jump into the fray for, the story really isn't focused on some big, overarching bad-guy-versus-good-guy plot. Instead, the story asks some of the more nuanced questions of good versus bad--and what is "good" and what is "bad"? And how do we choose which one we are? Though Alison is a biodymanic human, she still has humanity in spades, and like any young adult, struggles with her identity, with how the world works, and how she relates to and lives in that world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trin

    Interesting and well done, but fairly familiar territory at this point.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    Read for Book Riot Read Harder Challenge: A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

  18. 4 out of 5

    Molli B.

    I had no idea what this was about, going into it, so I was surprised to find superheroes!! And as the title indicates, a female superhero. :) I enjoyed both the art and the storytelling!! I'll definitely read the next volume—interested to find out what happens with Menace and Feral! And Alison's plan to fix the world...I'm interested to see what she might do. I had no idea what this was about, going into it, so I was surprised to find superheroes!! And as the title indicates, a female superhero. :) I enjoyed both the art and the storytelling!! I'll definitely read the next volume—interested to find out what happens with Menace and Feral! And Alison's plan to fix the world...I'm interested to see what she might do.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dichotomy Girl

    2020 is off to a good start, as the first two new full length works that I've read have made it to my favorites shelf. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Popsugar 2020 Challenge: Read a book with an upside down image on the cover 2020 is off to a good start, as the first two new full length works that I've read have made it to my favorites shelf. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Popsugar 2020 Challenge: Read a book with an upside down image on the cover

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sierra

    **A digital reading copy was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** I wanted to love this book... I really, really did. It has an interesting premise, the title is great, and I love that the creators followed through on what they promised. But I only liked it, I couldn't make myself love it. The world that was created in this series reminded me a little bit of The Incredibles (in a good way). Like The Incredibles, the world knows about the existence of (numerous) superhero **A digital reading copy was provided to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** I wanted to love this book... I really, really did. It has an interesting premise, the title is great, and I love that the creators followed through on what they promised. But I only liked it, I couldn't make myself love it. The world that was created in this series reminded me a little bit of The Incredibles (in a good way). Like The Incredibles, the world knows about the existence of (numerous) superheroes and supervillains. The governments are actively involved in the lives of their superheroes, and there is a lot of collateral damage during the battles between the heroes and the villains. The main difference is that in this story, the superheroes are still very much an active part of maintaining order in this world. So to briefly sum this up, this is a story about Allison who used to be "Mega-Girl". She threw down her cape, so to speak, and decided to quit being a super-hero and go to college instead. However, she is still very much connected to that world and so it is difficult for her to disassociate with that completely. It was interesting to see Allison struggle with the choices that she made, and there were times that Allison downright surprised me (which was amazing). I also very much enjoyed being privy to Allison's childhood and seeing the path that she was put on, that led her into becoming Mega-Girl. I am typically not a fan of superhero stories, and so I haven't read much in the genre. But it seemed to me, that the depiction of Allison (both the story AND the illustrations) was influenced by the way women are typically portrayed in most superhero stories/graphic novels. And for that, I applaud them. Allison is a normal-looking girl. She is properly proportioned, she wears normal and comfortable-looking clothes (even as Mega-Girl). And most important of all (at least to me), her story isn't tied into the presence of a significant other. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind boyfriends/girlfriends being in the picture, I just appreciated that she has priorities that don't revolve around finding or maintaining a romantic relationship. Oh and guess what? Allison also has parents!! I hear that's not a normal thing to happen in the context of a superhero story. And I loved what the authors had to say about that. I think it's fascinating that so many fictional heroes are orphans. I know it has deep, profound mythological roots that are significant on a Jungian level, but sometimes the choice to make a character an orphan is because the writer is uninterested in dealing with the main characters' family or finds family life an impediment to their main character's identity. Not exactly intellectual laziness, but also not a purely aesthetic choice. However, there were a couple of things that I found a little frustrating. Like The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1, The Faust Act, I found it difficult to keep track of all the superheroes. There was quite a bit of name-dropping, particularly in the first couple of chapters, and eventually I just gave up trying to remember them all and just went on with the story. The second thing that I found frustrating was the font on some of the pages. I couldn't tell if it was because of the digital PDF file that I received, or whether it had to do with the actual print, but it was difficult to read. Also, I was utterly unaware of the fact that this started off as a web-comic, which was then funded by Kickstarter to become a book. So it completely threw me off when I realized that the comics itself are not in color (especially because I assumed it would be considering the cover). It shouldn't be a big deal, but unfortunately it did interfere with my personal enjoyment of the story even though the illustrations themselves were quite good. I would definitely recommend looking at their web-comics linked here. They are updated every Tuesday and Friday.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Goreting

    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a collection of the first 4 volumes of Strong Female Protagonist. I really liked the artwork and colouring, but found that the content didn't quite live up tho the expectations. I did enjoy the story of Alison and her adventures into 'superheroland', but I think they could've been better. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a collection of the first 4 volumes of Strong Female Protagonist. I really liked the artwork and colouring, but found that the content didn't quite live up tho the expectations. I did enjoy the story of Alison and her adventures into 'superheroland', but I think they could've been better.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    This was an enjoyable graphic novel. I don't have a lot to say about it, the story was interesting and I did want to know what happened to the characters. I'll continue on with the series. This was an enjoyable graphic novel. I don't have a lot to say about it, the story was interesting and I did want to know what happened to the characters. I'll continue on with the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Smith

    DNF. Things I didn't like, but weren't insurmountable: - the sketchbook style of the illustration. I feel it distracts from the often-convoluted storyline - the plot. At times it just came across as trite. I didn't feel like Alison was a strong female protagonist, unless it's a joke on her physical strength. Maybe I missed the joke. Things that made it DNF: - The footnotes. On. every. page. It's distracting and it adds NOTHING to the story at all. It's like MST3k is here riffing the book, except t DNF. Things I didn't like, but weren't insurmountable: - the sketchbook style of the illustration. I feel it distracts from the often-convoluted storyline - the plot. At times it just came across as trite. I didn't feel like Alison was a strong female protagonist, unless it's a joke on her physical strength. Maybe I missed the joke. Things that made it DNF: - The footnotes. On. every. page. It's distracting and it adds NOTHING to the story at all. It's like MST3k is here riffing the book, except the jokes aren't funny and they're meant to somehow enhance the experience but it ends up falling completely flat. It enraged me to the point where I couldn't get past it. - Name dropping. Because of my rage, I couldn't bond with the characters, so I ended up just getting a little infuriated at the introduction of character names which had ZERO bearing on the story at hand. It felt like talking to hear themselves talk.

  24. 4 out of 5

    erin

    This is beyond 5 stars for the concept and compelling direction of, shall we say, critical superhero theory? Also for the complexity of our strong female protagonist, Alison. Also for the commentary on activism, general do-goodery, and the beginnings of nuanced discussions of how to go about healing what is crappy in the world. There are a lot of alsos for this... Overall a 4.5 for me, as some of the writing landed flat. But, in addition to the bits mentioned above that I am smitten with, I adore This is beyond 5 stars for the concept and compelling direction of, shall we say, critical superhero theory? Also for the complexity of our strong female protagonist, Alison. Also for the commentary on activism, general do-goodery, and the beginnings of nuanced discussions of how to go about healing what is crappy in the world. There are a lot of alsos for this... Overall a 4.5 for me, as some of the writing landed flat. But, in addition to the bits mentioned above that I am smitten with, I adore the family and friendships, and I will be reading all the continuing story I can get my eyes on online! It leaves you (me!) wanting more of the characters and the story line...what's up, Patrick?? An absolutely recommended read, worthy of adding to your shelves at home -- I even think that younger kids could really get a nice introduction to thinking about power and its impacts from this.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Ehhh. DNF. I want to love this because the title is awesome and the premise is super interesting, but the execution is going to keep me from finishing or really getting started at all. The novel needs to be read on Adobe Digital Editions, but it's super poor quality and very hard to read. I attempted to muddle through it for a couple of pages, but it's hard on my eyes. I'm literally squinting while trying to read the text in each pan I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Ehhh. DNF. I want to love this because the title is awesome and the premise is super interesting, but the execution is going to keep me from finishing or really getting started at all. The novel needs to be read on Adobe Digital Editions, but it's super poor quality and very hard to read. I attempted to muddle through it for a couple of pages, but it's hard on my eyes. I'm literally squinting while trying to read the text in each panel. Additionally, the snarky notes from the editors/writers at the bottom of each page are obnoxious and got on my nerves pretty quickly. Oh well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a fun comic! I'm not great about keeping up with webcomics, so I probably won't read it in real time, but I'll definitely check out Book Two if they publish it. My favorite character was actually Feral, so I'd love to see more of her, and also to get a better idea of what Patrick is up to. I know some people found the captions distracting, but I thought they were cute. Overall I enjoyed this and I'd recommend it to fans of independent comics. Received from Netgalley. This was a fun comic! I'm not great about keeping up with webcomics, so I probably won't read it in real time, but I'll definitely check out Book Two if they publish it. My favorite character was actually Feral, so I'd love to see more of her, and also to get a better idea of what Patrick is up to. I know some people found the captions distracting, but I thought they were cute. Overall I enjoyed this and I'd recommend it to fans of independent comics. Received from Netgalley.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin Maher

    Everyone who loves superheroes should read this book. Everyone who thinks there isn't anything new to say about superheroes should read this book. Everyone who gets sad about the world not being better than it is should read this book. Everyone who wants to change the world should change the world. Everyone should just read it okay, that's what I'm getting at here. Everyone who loves superheroes should read this book. Everyone who thinks there isn't anything new to say about superheroes should read this book. Everyone who gets sad about the world not being better than it is should read this book. Everyone who wants to change the world should change the world. Everyone should just read it okay, that's what I'm getting at here.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    First read through NetGalley, and I'm pretty pleased with my selection! Good exploration of how people would deal with real-life superpowered individuals. And the 4-issue/volume collection is a good way to quickly catch up on the webcomic. First read through NetGalley, and I'm pretty pleased with my selection! Good exploration of how people would deal with real-life superpowered individuals. And the 4-issue/volume collection is a good way to quickly catch up on the webcomic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karla Feldstein

    I loved it. I absolutely adored it. I can't wait to read more in the story. I loved it. I absolutely adored it. I can't wait to read more in the story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Robison

    If you have any interest in superhero comics, feminism, and the philosophy of ethics, you'll love this. I know I did. The story telling feels a bit disjointed because you’re thrown into the middle of a story where a young woman was an invincible superhero but gave that up to go back to school in order to learn how to help people on a larger scale. Consider this idea: There's another invincible woman who, if say her arm is hacked off, she'll grow another one. So she decides to be a constant organ If you have any interest in superhero comics, feminism, and the philosophy of ethics, you'll love this. I know I did. The story telling feels a bit disjointed because you’re thrown into the middle of a story where a young woman was an invincible superhero but gave that up to go back to school in order to learn how to help people on a larger scale. Consider this idea: There's another invincible woman who, if say her arm is hacked off, she'll grow another one. So she decides to be a constant organ donor. Anesthesia and pain medications don’t work on her so she puts herself through torture every day so that her organs can be harvested, and this saves more lives than she would as simply a superhero stopping bad guys. Is this the right thing to do — live a life of misery in service of others you'll never meet but whose lives will be immeasurably improved? This is just a tiny subplot in this book, and there are many other interesting ideas explored. What about all the people who are injured or killed while so-called "good" and "evil" superheroes fight each other, crashing into buildings and hurling cars at each other? If superheroes really exist, what would inspire regular people to try to fight injustice when they are reminded regularly of their relative weakness? I’m reading Book Two now and it's even better. Bechdel test: A Grade: A-

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