Comic Book Friday: The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Sure she can leap tall buildings in a single bound and defeat deadly ninjas, but what about things like accidentally shrinking your cape in the wash or leaving your mask on and accidentally revealing your secret identity by the tanlines it leaves? Or how about trying to find the money for rent or sitting in the shadow of your big brother, Kevin, who also has superpowers?

These are just some of the dilemmas facing Katie aka Superhero Girl.

This collection of comics following her adventures is a pure delight. Faith Erin Hicks strips are clever, skillfully rendered and, best of all, funny. As Superhero Girl struggles with the quest to find love all while trying to defeat space aliens, ninjas and her self-appointed nemesis, Hicks tells an entertaining story but also offers up some sneaky commentary — both on the nature of comic book superheroes and social commentary.

In the end, it’s a funny collection that left me wanting to spend more time in this world. Luckily, I’ve found that there are more strips featuring Katie and her adventures on-line.

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