Superheroes meet social justice as the wildly popular webcomic comes to print, blending action with relatable young-adult drama and remarkably thoughtful philosophy. This full-color collection features over 300 pages of the ongoing series plus a brand-new short story.
Alison Green used to be a superhero. With unlimited strength and invulnerability, she fought crime with a group of other teens under the alter ego Mega Girl. All that changed after an encounter with Menace, her mind-reading arch-enemy, who showed her evidence of a sinister conspiracy that made battling giant robots seem suddenly unimportant.
Now Alison is going to college in New York City, trying to find ways to actually help the world while making friends and getting to class on time. It’s impossible to escape the past, however, and trouble comes in the form of mysterious murders, ex-teammates with a grudge, robots with a strange sense of humor, an inconvenient crush, a cantankerous professor, and many different kinds of people who think they know the best way to be a hero.
“Strong Female Protagonist… bring[s] new questions about vigilantism, justice, and heroics to the field, standing alongside stories like Watchmen and Soon I Will Be Invincible in the canon of witty, thoughtful commentaries on superheroism that manage to be, at the same time, extremely satisfying as superhero comics.” — Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“Strong Female Protagonist … is the perfect superhero comic for people who aren’t really interested in the superhero genre. Actually, it’s also a pretty perfect comic for people who are interested in superheroes.” — Mey Rude, Autostraddle
“Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag … deliberately shatter some stereotypes with a story of their own—a story about a young woman who is strong in every sense of the word.” — Joshua Rivera, Entertainment Weekly
“A smartly written and emotional exploration of the morality of superheroes.” — Lauren Davis, io9
“Fascinatingly complex… Mulligan’s pitch-perfect, often hilarious, sometimes heartrending dialogue is matched by Ostertag’s beautifully expressive art.” — Foreword Reviews