Strong Female Protagonist
By Brennan Lee Mulligan
ARC e-book, 220 pages (paperback)
2014, Top Shelf Productions
ISBN: 9780692246184 (paperback)
Expected Publication Date: November 25, 2014
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Blurb from NetGalley: With super strength 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….
I enjoy superhero stories, especially ones where the heroes are questioning their path in life or just trying to be “normal.” I think that
Bryan Lee O’Malley Brennan Lee Mulligan did an excellent job of capturing Alison’s struggle to be a regular college student and her desire to want the world to change, but not through the use of her super powers. There were a lot of moral dilemmas in this book and Alison faced a somewhat Incredibles-type scenario because the world doesn’t seem to want help from superheroes, yet still needs them. She also deals with issues related to her revealing her real identity, as it affects not just her but other superheroes and villains.
There are little notes included on the bottom of almost every page that can sometimes add insight into what’s happening or being said – however, sometimes these were unnecessary and I eventually stopped reading them. It would have been nice if they were used more sparingly, as they pulled me out of the comic. There were also several flashback scenes and sometimes I missed the transition, so it was a little confusing.
Reading this on my computer was a little annoying and the quality of my copy (or perhaps it was my computer settings) was low and a little fuzzy. But I think it will look great on paper, as Molly Ostertag is an excellent illustrator – I’d love to see a full color version.
Personally I hate the waiting time between issues of comics, so I don’t think I’ll pick this up in printed format just yet. However, I do want to read more of Alison and company’s story, so once there are a few issues out for me to purchase, I will definitely do so. Also, this project apparently started out on Kickstarter, which is pretty cool!