Hey Fangirls, you know what I like? Children’s books. But want to know what I like even more than that? Comics aimed at children! Back when comics were more new, they all had happier ideas. They taught morals and friendship, but a lot of that is gone. Luckily, there are some creators out there who make comics for children that keep those nice morals and friendship! The Adventures of Superhero Girl falls into that category.
This book is lovely. I borrowed it from my town library, and read it through immediately. In it, Superhero girl goes through things I’m going through (as a 20-something). She’s broke, has to decide between getting a boring job or what she loves, and she has an older brother who is always out shining her. I know I said this is intended for younger audiences, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t relate.
I think Hicks does an amazing job of making Superhero girl a person. She finds a cat that follows her home. She washes her cape at the laundromat, and it shrinks. She gets tan-lines around her hero mask. It isn’t the stuff we’re used to in comics, but I really appreciate it. And as much as I’m in love with the story, I’m even more in love with the art.
The characters have goofy faces and illustration that is a bit reminiscent of Brian Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim, but it definitely one-ups his stuff. What really got me was the dots. On the cover especially, but also throughout the book, there are dots. Not random dots, they make a nice transition gradient, and are fantastic for shadows. But they’re an homage to old comics. Comics used to be printed with dots; that’s what you see if you look up (or have) old comics. The colors aren’t quite solid.
The incorporation of the dots on the cover was what sold me on this book, and you should check it out. I’m not going to tell you more about it because you should read it yourself. So there.
But until next time, Fangirls, keep reading!
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