Staff Reviews: Superheroes

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Cover: 'Strong Female Protagonist'

"Strong Female Protagonist" by Brennan Lee Mulligan, Molly Ostertag

★★★★★ I don't always cry while reading books.  Mostly my sniffles are reserved for a good romance, but the graphic novel "Strong Female Protagonist" got me sniffling. "Strong Female Protagonist" tells the story of Alison Green, AKA Mega Girl, a former superhero turned college student.  After Alison is confronted by the damaging results of her...

Audience: Teens | Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Superheroes

Cover: 'Injustice: Gods Among Us #1'

"Injustice: Gods Among Us #1" by Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack, Mike S. Miller, Tom Derenick, David Yardin

★★★★ "Injustice: Gods Among Us Volume 1" is the first in a mulitvolume exploration of the five years before the video game of the same name. In this opening volume, the Joker sets off an atomic bomb that destroys Metropolis and at the same time tricks Superman into killing the pregnant Lois Lane. After killing the Joker during Batman's interrogation, Superman...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Superheroes

Cover: 'Batman: Earth One, Volume 1'

"Batman: Earth One, Volume 1" by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh

★★★★★ "Batman: Earth One" goes back the beginning of the Batman saga, revisiting and recasting the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents and his eventual development into Batman. While the story remains basically unchanged, the brilliance here is in the details. Writer, Geoff Johns, creates a Gotham riddled with crime and hamstrung by political corruption on all levels...

Audience: Adults, Teens | Genre: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Superheroes, Action Adventure

Cover: 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman'

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill Lepore

★★★★★ Comic book geeks and history buffs alike will enjoy this fascinating story about the creator of Wonder Woman. William Moulton Marston invented the blood pressure-measuring lie detector test, and had a colorful academic career before he created the beloved comic book character. Inspired by the women's suffrage movement, and his own belief that women would...

Audience: Adults | Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Superheroes