Strong Female Protagonist

Strong Female Protagonist

Book One

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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" --
Edition: Second edition.
ISBN: 9780692246184
Branch Call Number: GN STR BOOK 1
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly illustrations (some color) ;,23 cm
Additional Contributors: Ostertag, Molly - Artist


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Feb 12, 2017

I've been following this series on the web for a few months now since having it pointed out by a friend. It's not the first time such concerns have been addressed within the genre, but this is a worthy addition to the superhero sub-genre in any case!

Nov 24, 2016

Strong Female Protagonist is exactly what I want in a story about tights and capes. Not only is this wonderful graphic novel full of well written characters and great art, but it does what many superhero stories are afraid to do. It asks the reader to apply the idea of real world consequences to the familiar landscape of a superhero narrative.

Sep 07, 2016

This may be the most thoughtful book about superheroes I've ever read. Alison Green used to be Mega Girl. She was really good at punching robots... until she discovered that punching robots couldn't save the world. Now she's in college, trying to live a normal life and figure out how to actually save the world. But things are more complicated when you have superpowers.

There is so much heart in this book, so much love for Alison, and Alison has such deep love for people. Mulligan and Ostertag explore the question of what you should do with your abilities, whatever they may be. And they do it well. The second book came out since I first started recommending this series, and it was completely satisfying. We're definitely in for the third!

You can read Strong Female Protagonist online, since it was a webcomic before being collected in book form. The printed book has an advantage, though, because they included a line at the bottom of every page that's semi-hidden as mouseover text in the webcomic. It's like director's commentary, but bite-size and funny. I like the book lettering better, too.

May 19, 2016

Fans of this series would probably love "Jessica Jones" or "Empowered". There are no crazy costumes, no insane love-interests and the protagonist is allowed to be both a bit violent and herself. Great world-development explaining where this generation of heroes came from and how the non-heroic percentage of the population is dealing with hero amidst them.
Great, great read!! And unlike those titles I suggested earlier this one would be completely safe for teens.

forbesrachel Aug 02, 2015

Do superheroes really make a difference? This is the question that Alison Green, aka Mega Girl, struggles with. Sure, she can defeat an enemy bent on destroying the Earth, and fighting the bad guys is fun, but super strength and invincibility cannot make poverty disappear, solve world hunger, or even conquer disease. Everyone has their own perspective on what is wrong, why things are wrong, and how to fix it, and yet, most want someone else to do the hard work. This is a 19 year old girl, she doesn't know the solution to such global problems. Facing such a hopeless battle, Alison and Patrick, aka the supervillain Menance, hang up their cowls to try and live normal lives. She goes to college, hangs out with friends, and tries to stay out of trouble. However, being a superhero, and a bit of a celebrity, doesn't make this easy, especially when her old life keeps butting in. While she tries to come to terms with her life, more sinister plots seem to be at work. Like the story, the black and white art sticks close to reality. The artist has an amazing talent for drawing a range of emotions, from the nuanced to the impactful. This is essential, for Strong Female Protagonist focuses on the human aspects, advantages, and consequences of being someone with extraordinary abilities, while at the same time looking at the larger societal impact. Alison is so kindhearted that she wants to better everyone's lives, and tries her best to do this, but is it really fair to burden these singular individuals with such an impossible task. There may not even be a solution, but if there is, it would involve all of us. An extraordinary examination of the superhero genre.


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May 19, 2016

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