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

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


Check out Marianne’s review on this title by clicking here!

4 thoughts on “Review: Strong Female Protagonist by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag

  1. Wow, I can already see that this comic is more than just the action-packed that it is – it seems like it’s one of those really deeper ones that connect to the reader emotionally. I love the message that it wants to send – that we can be our own superheroes in our own ways. So many times in our generation, we give up on changing the world or making a difference because we don’t have the resources or the power to do it (like connections, or wealth, or the talents), but sometimes you don’t need to do those things to make a dent. Sometimes a small thing becomes a bigger thing, a small ripple will cause a larger one. I really feel like reading this one now!

    Faye at The Social Potato


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