ARC Review – Strong Female Protagonist Book One by Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag

23131550Title: Strong Female Protagonist Book One

Author: Brennan Lee Mulligan & Molly Ostertag 

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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, 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….

Huge thank you to TopShelf Productions & Netgalley for this ARC!

Sam’s Review:

We need more comics like Strong Female Protagonist and we need them now. Comic books are still in this strange place where female inclusion exists but the portrayals could be a lot better. I think strides have been made with works like the new Ms. Marvel, but we can go further.

Strong Female Protagonist is sassy, quirky, and it looks at the ups and downs of being a superheroine in a world that seems more accepting of them. Alison is a wonderful heroine and she wears her flaws on her sleeves. The writing is hilarious, and it sucks you right in and doesn’t pull any punches. There’s a lot of breaking of the fourth wall at the bottom of every page, each with a snarky remark or two. It also looks at the idea that superheroes might not be as amazing as we think they are. Hell, Alison doesn’t always think she’s doing the right thing and she’s very thoughtful about her feelings in being Mega Girl.

Overall, Strong Female Protagonist is just plain fun. There’s a great ensemble cast, the writing is snappy, and the charm drips right through it. If you want something fun with capes, this will fit the bill and even have you in gigglefits.

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