Genres: Action & Adventure, Comics & Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Young Adult
Published by Top Shelf Productions on 2014-10-08
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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. He 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.Strong Female Protagonist has been published online since 2012, where it attracted a large fan base, and earned positive reviews on sites such as io9, ComicsAlliance, The Beat, and ThinkProgress. After a successful Kickstarter, Brennan and Molly now bring their series to print, with a book collecting the first four chapters and bonus material, self-published by the authors and distributed by Top Shelf.
Strong Female Protagonist was an interesting comic about superheroes. Told between past and present events, we get to meet Allison Green, ex-superhero by the alias of Mega Girl. With super strength and invulnerability, she fought crime, defeated villains, and destroyed robots. Until one day she faced her ultimate enemy that revealed a much bigger enemy than the usual comic books one that made her think of her life choices and the future.
This comic isn’t about superheroes, not entirely. It used superheroes as a channel to give the message that we can all be superheroes in different ways and not necessarily with spandex suits and flying through the air.
I loved Allison, how she tried to lead a normal life but couldn’t help but get involved in trying to help people in any way she could, either by defeating the bad guys or some other bad guys by protesting among other normal humans. The story also tackled another kind of hero with the character named Feral. She looked like a monster and had the ability to regenerate any body part. Wanting to give back something to the world, she endured several surgical procedures daily without any anesthesia to take out body parts for donations. She wanted to help, but sacrificing herself in such a way wasn’t the way. But I admired her character greatly for how she went from being not-such-a-good-sport to someone who wanted to redeem herself.
A lot of the things that happen by the end is about this, about redemption and how sometimes we can’t control things that happen to us and sometimes we can. And how a person can become tired of the things around them too and become “the bad guy”, or more specifically, just human, with both good and bad in them.
I enjoyed reading this comic and really hope to read more of it in the future. The drawings were spectacular and I would laugh at the commentary in each page by the artist/writer (not sure which). It involved a lot of the action of superhero comics but also dealt with social problems we face every day and how we deal with them. And I loved Allison so much! She really was a strong female protagonist having to stand the hate of people, the admirers, the responsibilities of being a college student, and her family and friends, not to mention the unexpected demons of her past. It’s definitely not all butterflies and rainbows.
I really recommend this one for anyone looking for a fresh kind of comic with tons of insightful things as well as humor, action, sci-fi, and great art. Can’t wait to know what happens next!
Rating: 4 stars
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