Review: Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag

January 26, 2015 Book 9 ★★★★

Review: Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly OstertagStrong Female Protagonist: Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Superheroes
Published by Top Shelf Productions on 2014-10-08
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

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 has a -you guessed it – strong female protagonist.  Alison is awesome, guys. She’s a 20 year old ex-superhero who wants to save the world, but in a different way. 

I had never before read a comic book. And now thanks to this book, that’s all I want to read.

My main fear with the comic was that it would take away my ability to imagine the world and give me things that I really didn’t want to see. However I really had nothing to fear here. I loved the drawings in this story; they are really amazing at conveying everything; every single emotion the characters were feeling. I always understood what the they were trying to say, and I loved seeing the way that even their facial expressions had loads to say!

This comic had some really strong characters other than Alison. I loved reading all about Feral (and I hope to see more from her!), but what I loved especially was that Alison’s parents were so important in the book! They were just as strong; just as useful as Alison herself, and they weren’t even superheroes!

I think this was a very compelling and entertaining read, it’s not light and fluffy by any means. It carries huge substance, and shows us that the world isn’t just black and white. I really recommend this book for comic book fans, or anyone hesitant to read comics! You won’t be disappointed! I keep hoping that the authors announce that book two will be out soon. *fingers crossed*

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: 4.1

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  • Oh this one looks like fun! I have a new found appreciation for comics these days, though I must admit, I think a lot hinges on the art. If you don’t like the art the story can lose some of it’s allure. I think I’ll have to add this to my list.

    Also FYI, the goodreads link doesn’t seem to be working, it goes to a ‘could not find this book’ page 🙂

  • Oooh I love graphic novels especially ones with superheroes. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed your first comic lovely. I recently began reading them again and fell in love all over again. Glad to hear that the parents play such a huge role as well, I love when they are an intergral part of the story. Lovely review! xx

  • My daughter has a copy of this book. I should see if it would be to my liking as well. 🙂 I mean, with a title like that, how could i not?

  • I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I haven’t read a comic book yet, but I do love strong protagonists 😀 Lovely review <33

  • Lily

    I have to confess to being the loser here whose never read a comic book but i’m so happy you had a lovely time with this one. Great review 🙂

  • An ex-superhero? Count me in. I’m not one for comics or graphic novels usually, but make an acceptation when one really takes me interest. How could you not love one that promotes girl power! Awesome review Marianne <3 Love the premise!

  • Your first comic book! Awesome! I’m glad it was a great experience. 😀 Will try some other series? I highly recommend ”Gods Among Us”. Fantastic review!

  • Yayyy I hope that this brings about a new love for comics for you! I read the Walking Dead ones which I loved 😀

  • Melanie Z

    Ooh I’m glad that your first comic turned out to be a really enjoyable read! I don’t think I’ve read a comic before so I clearly need to fix this, no?

    Lovely review, Marianne <33